I will be brief for now, with expanded thoughts tomorrow.
But there was pressure defense, efficient offense, solid contributions from starters and bench, and still room to grow after Friday's 79-56 convincing victory at Rupp Arena.
Ramel Bradley (21 points,. 5-of-7 from three) and Randolph Morris (18 points, 9 rebounds) led the charge, and Derrick Jasper and Jodie Meeks showed more flashes of big time talent.
All in all, as I'd hoped, the Cats addressed the issues facing them after Wednesday's win over Miami (OH). Now it gets serious, with the ESPN lights and the hot gym and the national media all paying attention.
You can make a name for yourself in one of these tournaments.