February 25, 2013
The energy in the building was apparent from the start. A 9 p.m. nationally televised game, a quality opponent, a game with a significant impact on Kentucky's postseason chances -- Saturday's game against Missouri had a great recipe for a buzzing Rupp Arena.
The crowd was crackling from the start -- some of it carrying over from that morning's GameDay crowd -- and they got an overtime victory that kept them in it through the end.
After the game, Kentucky coach John Calipari, Missouri coach Frank Haith and Alex Poythress weighed in on Rupp Arena's impact on the game:
Calipari: "This was as good a crowd and as impactful a crowd as I've ever coached in a building. This team needs that. Like the next game, they need to come back and do that again. Then that last game, they need to do exactly the same thing. We need that extra (energy) that pushes us through, a missed shot, a turnover, where we get by it quicker. But that was a great crowd, as good as we've had."
Poythress: "Crowd's incredible. I hope they show like that every game from now on. ... They show energy every game. But today felt like it was something special, you know."
Haith: "Well, they’ve got great fans and the energy of the building. I thought they played off the crowd."