Found February 27, 2014 on Pro Sports Daily:
Julius Randle remembers coming to the University of Kentucky as a recruit and seeing oversized photos of the program’s past stars and great moments adorning the walls of the Joe Craft Center. This week, a new image went up at the team’s practice facility: a freeze-frame of Randle being swarmed by jubilant teammates after he hit the game-winning shot in overtime Saturday against LSU. “It’s just right there, a big picture when I walked in,” Randle said. “I’ve taken visits here and you see all the guys that came through — you see them on the wall — and you’ve got a picture of all of us on the wall. It’s a pretty cool thing.” The moment in that picture might’ve represented a breakthrough for the 17th-ranked Wildcats (21-6, 11-3 Southeastern Conference), who finally found a way to finish off a tight game and at last displayed some genuine joy for the children’s game they play. “It was severely needed,” center Marcus Lee said. “We really needed that moment where we all just came

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