The Alamodome has been configured to seat around 30,000.
“What we’re telling everyone is we’re making history,” Hickey said. “Talk about pulling for an underdog.”
COLLEGE DEGREES: One of the best pictures to come out of last weekend’s games was three guys on the court.
They weren’t waiting for a fourth for some 2-on-2, and they weren’t waiting to warm up for a practice or game.
David Lighty, Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale received their degrees from Ohio State in an impromptu ceremony in Chicago at the same time their classmates went through graduation exercises back in Columbus.
“I think the great thing is we’re going to leave college without any debt, so that’s nice,” Diebler said. “Getting your degree is just an awesome feeling. It is a great honor to go through that, especially as an athlete, just with the amount of time that we spend in our sport.”
Senior associate athletic director Miechelle Willis arranged the ceremony which was complete with mortarboards.
“She called out our names. We kind of walked up, shook her hand and got it,” senior forward David Lighty said of receiving his diploma. “It was something special for us since we couldn’t make it down to Columbus and be with the rest of our classmates. For them to do that was real special.”
ONE AND DONE: Over the last few seasons Kentucky basketball has come to mean saying goodbye to players after their freshman year.
Last year, the Wildcats had five players leave early for the NBA and were drafted in the first round, including lottery selections John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
This year, there’s a good chance freshmen Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight will hear their names called early in the NBA draft.
Kentucky coach John Calipari, who lost star players early at both Massachusetts and Memphis, isn’t fazed by the thought of rebuilding every season.
“During the season it is about our team and when the season ends it is about individual players and what’s right for them and their families,” he said. “All I can tell you is we’ve encouraged young people to chase their dreams, especially if they’re in the lottery area. And it’s never really hurt our programs. Our programs have just kept going.”