by Barca Blog (John Russell's and Joe Howell's photos)
Complete Recap: Kentucky 58, Vanderbilt 56
Even though the final score didn't go our way, Commodore fans need to be given a shout out for their overwhelming energy and support for the team today. It was simply electric. I thought I'd post a couple of photos for those of you that didn't get to experience the excitement inside Memorial. So here we go...
ESPN analyst Dick Vitale was greeted by a raucous student section when he arrived on the court. Vitale played to the cheers and even tossed on Vanderbilt gear. The students were hungry for the attention... some had camped out overnight to get the best seats in the house, and over 1,000 of them were lined up all the way to Jess Neely over three hours before tip.
One of the best moments of the night was seeing Shan Foster in the middle of all the madness. Foster, who thrilled us for four years on the court, got a first-hand experience of what it's like to be a Maniac as he cheered on the Commodores from the second row of the student section. He even wore gold face paint.
Another former Commodore great was in attendance for the biggest game of the year. Barry Booker, one of the best 3-point shooters in school history, was honored during one of the media timeouts in the first half.
Finally, I had to throw in this amazing photo of Jeff Taylor. Our ace photograher, John Russell, recently installed a camera behind the hoop. This is what you get!
For more pictures, make sure you check out the game recap.