Norse vs Cats...perfect match-up in retrospect.

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    Norse vs Cats...perfect match-up in retrospect.

    After NKU played UK so competitively last night, what did they accomplish that would not have been accomplished against the other #2 seesds (Duke, Arizona, and to a lesser extent Louisville)?

    My initial thoughts include:
    1). Program exposure that arguably would have been significantly less for any other #2 seed. The benefits here are unlimited and include rejuvenating alumni interest, program support financially, ticket sales, student body support, and perhaps opening recruiting doors previously closed.
    2). Demonstrated that the differential between mid-major and top-tier D1 programs might not be that vast on "a given game day".
    3). Resulted in the Norse showing an unrelenting effort and hustle against a superior talent level. Thought their game was a major display of a well coached "Team".
    4). Displayed that UK has weaknesses that can make them much more vulnerable to a bigger, athletic opponnent.

    Downside:
    1). Created an awareness and respect for Coach Brannen that might make his stay shorter than we all want.
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    Prime time exposure won't hurt recruiting.

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    In all the interviews, Norse players expressed their excitement of playing UK. After playing so competitively, got to have made themselves proud they could play with the Big Cats. Ky high school elites got to look at Norse in a different light.

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    Plenty have been saying this since Selection Sunday. You didn't need retrospect to see the benefit of that matchup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Plenty have been saying this since Selection Sunday. You didn't need retrospect to see the benefit of that matchup.
    Agreed.

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    UK needs to put NKU on their schedule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Footballforever74 View Post
    UK needs to put NKU on their schedule.
    Why do they need to? NKU needs that. UK does not.

    I would love if they played consistently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Why do they need to? NKU needs that. UK does not.

    I would love if they played consistently.
    Rotate it between Lexington and Cincinnati.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Why do they need to? NKU needs that. UK does not.

    I would love if they played consistently.
    Because I said so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE SHERIFF View Post
    Rotate it between Lexington and Cincinnati.
    That's as dumb as taking Kentucky taxpayer money to Nashville to go to a UK-WKU or UofL-WKU game. Why have folks spending that money out of state?

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    Well they're not playing at NKU. Bigger arena=more money! Bigger city=recruiting base. May seem so to you, but neither UK nor UL are dumb when scheduling these events.

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    Will help NKU in a big way.

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