INDIANAPOLIS — "Tunnel vision" is a term that's often used in the world of sports.
It's not every day, however, that CNN is on the other end of a focused team's limited scope.
How's this for a big-game week tactic? According to Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports, the television in the players' dorm at the University of Kentucky was changed to CNN and the remote control was hidden.
All the better to keep the young and impressionable Wildcats from hearing the hype before Friday night's Sweet 16 mega-matchup with instate rival Louisville, apparently.
The strategy spurred a wealth of "Well, here's guessing they all have their favorite Malaysian Airlines theory" quips on social media, but it also raised a lot of questions. Who hid the remote control? There's only one television in the players' dorm? And it doesn't have buttons to change the channel on the actual set? If it's a hanging television, aren't the basketball players tall enough to change it themselves?
Don't Kentucky administrators know the nation's youth now have tablet and smartphone screens?
Coach John Calipari didn't cop to the restrictions during a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday, but he did allude to the method behind the madness. With Kentucky previously wilting under the weight of its preseason No. 1 ranking, he doesn't want his eighth-seeded Wildcats reading their own headlines just two wins away from the Final Four.
"I told them: Don't watch any TV," Calipari said. "Watch the History Channel, watch Biography, watch The Military Channel, watch movies and don't read anything, don't look at anything.
"[Game coverage] has no bearing on this game we're about to play."
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