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Courtside blog: UM 73, Kentucky 67 (F)

RUPP ARENA -- I'll be here in one of the most famous places to watch a college basketball game. The game will be carried on ESPN. Feel free to share your thoughts with me as this one rolls along. Shandel and I got great seats -- right next to the UM bench. This is probably the closest access we've gotten all season.

> I got to hand it to the Wildcats. This is the first place I've been in where fireworks go off during introductions. I thought Wake Forest and its motorcylcing mascot was cool. This is better.
> By the way, please let me know if Ashley Judd is in the house. If one of you guys spot on her TV, I want to know where she's sitting.
> Kentucky has come out with the same offense Ohio State used against UM in the second half, spreading the Canes wind and attacking the lanes. So far, Miami has done a decent job against it.
> Jack McClinton has come out aggressive. He's taking the ball to the basket. He's not settling for jumpers or threes. That's a great sign.
> We may finally see freshman Reggie Johnson. He just took off his sweats and looks like he might come in. Is it a false alarm?
> Got to give the Canes credit. That was probably the best first half effort I've seen from these guys ever. They thoroughly dominated that first half. Great defense.
> Kentucky fans have tried taunting Jack with 'Please Don't Slap Me' chants. He's done that. 17 points in the first half. James Dews has also played great. He has 11 points.
> Guess Ohio State is pretty good. They just knocked off No. 7 Notre Dame 67-62. If there ever was such a thing as a good loss. Looks like OSU is one.