As the drama of the Kentucky-Michigan game reached its climax, Julius Randle's mother was riding to the Indianapolis airport. Carolyn Kyles kept track of the action on her cellphone on the ride, at the ticket counter and through security screening.
"When (Aaron) Harrison hit that shot, I screamed, 'Yeah!!!'" she said Tuesday. Startled and oblivious flyers rushed to see if something was wrong.
To make her 7:50 p.m. flight (the last Dallas-bound flight out of Indianapolis), Kyles left the UK game with about 11 minutes left in the second half. She had to get back to the Dallas area for work Monday. Kyles works in the accounting department of an energy consulting company.
"If I'd called my manager and asked if I could have tomorrow off, they know what's going on," she said. "They would have said, yes. I'm not that type of person. I'm trying to keep my obligations."
Kyles noted how she had faith in the UK team. She did schedule the return flight for Sunday night, not after Friday night's Sweet 16 game against Louisville.
UK's victory over Michigan made for a happy ending. The Cats advanced to the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.
As airline passengers came to her side at the Indianapolis airport, Kyles screamed, "My baby's coming home!!"
Jerry Tipton: (859) 231-3227. Twitter: @JerryTipton. Blog: ukbasketball.bloginky.com.