Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

March 15, 2012

Wildcat fans confident

Even Yale student not immune to Big Blue fever at game-watching party

CANNONSBURG — Kentucky fans had no doubts about their team's ability to dominate during the 2012 NCAA Tournament as the Wildcats jumped into the action Thursday night.

“I think they are going to run through with ease,” Rob Pemberton said as he and friends Bobby Braden, Anne Braden, Abbey Braden, Mary Fletcher and Steve McGuire awaited tipoff.

Pemberton said the Wildcats’ all-around game is strong. “Their defense, I think, will be their No. 1 weapon.”

UK’s loss in the SEC tournament may have been exactly what the team needed, Pemberton said.

“I think it brought them off of their high horse and adds to what they’re doing.”

Fletcher said she also believes Kentucky will go all the way in the NCAA.

“I think they’ll probably get the championship ... finally,” she said.

There is a certain social element to watching the Wildcats, the group agreed.

 “We get together almost every game, almost every weekend,” Anne Braden said, adding they were pleased Abbey could join them for the game while on break as a student at Yale University.

Joking she attends a school without a “real” basketball team, the student said she has been following the Wildcats since an early age. “It’s just what you do in this state.”

RJ Kahuna’s General Manager Cindy Adams said the sports bar and restaurant's regular UK watchers like to get crazy during the games, but never seem to forget it is a family establishment with a lot of children around.

“They are wild and they’re friendly and they do it in good taste,” Adams said, noting even West Virginia fans are welcomed by the local Wildcat crowd.

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