MOON, Pa. - For Kentucky fans Sarah and Ryan Reynolds, there's no complaining about the Wildcats playing Robert Morris on Tuesday in the NIT.
The two Centre College graduates — he graduated in 2006 and she did in 2008 — were among those in line about 2 1/2 hours before the game for a chance to land top seats and it paid off as they wound up in the second row opposite the UK bench.
"I am from Lexington and she's from Louisville, but we were both born and raised Kentucky fans," said Ryan Reynolds, who is doing a radiology residency in Pittsburgh. "Both our parents went to UK. It has been kind of odd to be living here in Big East country, but now we have a chance to see our Cats and we were not going to miss that."
He paid $40 apiece for the seats — a bargain compared to what they paid to see Sweet Sixteen games in Atlanta last year when UK when the national title.
"We know it has not been a great year, but we are proud to be here," he said. "I love the talent we have and hope some sticks around to come back for next year and do what Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb did last year."
The couple had not been to a game at Robert Morris before, but it had a familiar feel.
"It's about the size of the Centre gym," Sarah Reynolds said. "And we have a lot better seats here than we could ever get at Rupp Arena."
She didn't mind being surrounded by Robert Morris fans or the Robert Morris dance team — they did have two UK fans sitting beside them.
"I will keep him (Ryan) in line and we will have fun with this," she said. "I bleed blue all the way, too. I am from Louisville, but he would have never married me if I was not a Kentucky fan."
Other Kentucky fans also got here early to fill a section opposite the Reynolds behind the Kentucky bench.
"We have a great Kentucky following here. We are everywhere," Ryan Reynolds said. "I am not surprised to see so many UK fans here. We all love the blue. Up or down, we are with them. And next year, we'll be right back playing for the title."