FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy have a friendly wager on Monday night’s NCAA Championship men’s basketball game.
Beshear has bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon barrel basket that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win; Malloy is wagering Connecticut wine, beer and chocolate for a Huskies victory.
“The Wildcats’ momentum will continue tonight and carry them past UConn, to UK’s ninth NCAA men’s basketball championship, Beshear said in a news release before leaving the Capitol for the game in Arlington, Texas. “Gov. Malloy is a terrific governor and friend, but come Tuesday morning, he will be shipping his wager to Bourbon and Wildcat Country.”
If the Wildcats win, Malloy said he would send wine from the Jones Family Farms in Shelton, beer from Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford and Munson’s chocolates.
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“The UConn men, led by Coach Kevin Ollie, are in the midst of an amazing season, and our whole state is behind them for the win,” Malloy said in a news release. “The Wildcats are a formidable team, but I am confident that the Huskies will bring home another championship title.”
The Kentucky bourbon basket – created from a half-barrel from Maker’s Mark – will include Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Town Branch, Willett, Old Pogue, Michter’s and Corsair Bourbon. The basket is provided by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.
“We’re so confident of a Wildcat victory, we’re upping the bet with four more bottles of Kentucky’s signature spirit,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.
The Cats will tip off against the Huskies at 9:10 p.m. EST at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.