Friday night was one of the wildest wins of the John Calipari era.
That says a lot for what’s been a 10-year stint full of dramatic finishes and game-winning shots, the latest coming from Tyler Herro with an assist from PJ Washington.
After seemingly taken control of the Houston Cougars, Kentucky’s offense went ice cold in the second half. With 3:38 left, Cougars guard Corey Davis Jr. hit a jumper to put Houston ahead 51-49. To that point, Kentucky had mustered up just 12 points in the second half.
The Cats battled back, but with 1:05 left, the Cougars still held a 58-55 lead. While the margin was just three, it felt like Kentucky had let the game slip away and were on the verge of another gut-wrenching Sweet 16 exit.
That’s when Washington and Herro came to the rescue.
Washington hit a jumper to cut the lead to 58-57, then got a block on the other end to give Kentucky potentially one last shot to win the game with 36 seconds left.
That’s when Herro became all of Big Blue Nation’s hero, as he hit the go-ahead three-pointer to put Kentucky ahead for good, and Kentucky would escape with a 62-58 win.
So of course, the memorable sequence earned the Titanic treatment:
I couldn't sleep until I knew this existed. So I made it myself.— Laura Coulter (@coulterlaura) March 30, 2019
Here you go, #BBN. PJ's block to Tyler's 3, Titanic soundtrack style. #MarchMadness #SweetSixteen #MyHeartWillGoOn #HOUvsUK pic.twitter.com/6EIkegfyuc
But that wasn’t the only special treatment this game-winning sequence got.
It was only appropriate for Herro to get the ‘Hero’ treatment: