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"Our shots weren't falling," Foote said. "Usually Ryan makes those shots. He had a tough day."
Ashley Judd had her usual great seat behind Kentucky's bench to support the Wildcats. She was easy to spot -- she was the Kentucky fan.
OK, so there were a few patches of Big Blue in the Carrier Dome. But this may as well have been a Cornell home game.
Cornell's campus in Ithaca, N.Y., is only about 55 miles away from the Carrier Dome and the Big Red faithful turned out in full force.
Kentucky was booed out of the building when it hit the court only moments after West Virginia beat Washington 69-56. The crowd roared and rattled the roof when Cornell sprinted out for warmups as chants of "Let's go Red!" echoed throughout the dome. Some fans behind the basket boldly chanted "Overrated!" as the Wildcats warmed up.
For about 5 minutes, it looked like they might be right. Foote backed down Cousins for the first basket and Wittman and Dale each hit 3s for a stunning 10-2 lead that left the Wildcats red-faced.
Calipari refused to call a timeout, preferring to let the Wildcats play their way out of a jam. Smart move. The Wildcats went on a 12-0 run to take a lead they'd never surrender and hush the Big Red fans.
Kentucky is back with a vengeance and trying to win the regional final for the first time since '98. The Wildcats lost Elite Eight games in 1999, 2003 and 2005.
It was quite a fun run for Cornell. Cornell sports information director Jeremy Hartigan said he turned down hundreds of interview requests in the last week after never saying no in the last few years. The Big Red were parodied on the satirical Web site "The Onion" and acted about as loose as any team in the tournament.
The fans chanted "Thank you, seniors!" in the waning minutes in appreciation of all Foote, Wittman and Dale have done to make Cornell the three-time defending Ivy League champs.
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