In the meantime, the school, the city and even Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear are basking in another milestone for Bluegrass State basketball.
Last year was Kentucky’s turn in the spotlight, achieved with a Final Four win over Louisville en route to its eighth championship. This season began with the Cardinals and Wildcats ranked 2-3 behind Indiana but ended with Louisville reigning over the sport.
“It couldn’t be a bigger day for the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Beshear said afterward on the floor of the Georgia Dome.
“For the Cardinals to win it this year, UK won it last year. You talk about the basketball capital of the world, it’s right here in Kentucky.”