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The Cooks sat in the last row at the top of the upper deck in sold-out Rupp Arena for Monday night’s exhibition, which, it merits emphasizing, occurred nearly three months before UK’s real season opener.
“It’s amazing,” Duane Cook said. “Pretty incredible for a game that’s not even a game. This has to be a great recruiting vehicle.” [...] “I don’t think anybody’s here to cheer for [the Dominicans],” said Tim Cook, the nosebleed patron.
In fact, the crowd booed loudly during Dominican player introductions, especially when former University of Louisville stars Edgar Sosa and Francisco Garcia were announced. Then the lights went down, the spotlight came on and fireworks popped overhead as the UK alumni -- including Wall, Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins -- were introduced. The crowd roared as if North Carolina was in town for a real game.