Update: Devin Booker's "36 and won" tweet was highlighted Friday morning on NBC's Today show in coverage of Kentucky's decimation of West Virginia.
CLEVELAND — The first thing Devin Booker did when he got to the Kentucky locker room after the Cats' 78-39 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night was change his clothes.
The second thing he did was grab his phone and get on Twitter.
"36 and won," he tweeted.
An hour later, Booker's message had been retweeted more than 11,000 times.
The tweet was a reference to the bold talk that emanated from the West Virginia locker room Wednesday, specifically comments made by Mountaineers freshman Daxter Miles, who said that UK's players "don't play hard" and that the Cats would be 36-1 after Thursday's game.
"We actually talked about it a lot," Booker said. "Usually, we let things like that go by. But that's disrespectful. How hard we work and how hard we go every game. For someone to say that about us, we take that personal."
Some of Booker's teammates had seen his tweet after the game. Some hadn't.
Freshman point guard Tyler Ulis — one of Booker's best friends — immediately smiled at the mention of it.
"Devin — he's intelligent," Ulis said. "He just did a little play on words there."
Sophomore forward Marcus Lee hadn't heard about the tweet. When he was told what Booker said, he just shook his head and grinned.
"That's something Devin would do," Lee said.
Sophomore guard Dominique Hawkins was smiling too, but he didn't think Booker came up with the tweet on a whim.
"He had to have been cookin' that up," Hawkins said with a laugh. "He was probably ready for that one."
Booker acknowledged as much when asked when he first thought of the tweet.
"Pssssh. Before the game," he said, also smiling. "I was already thinking it. So I had to let it out."
But then, there was some controversy.
Apparently, sophomore center Dakari Johnson said he came up with "36 and won" first. Booker feigned offense when told Johnson was taking the credit. The two teammates were sitting a few feet away, and Booker shouted across a group reporters.
"Oh, 'Kari, you lyin'!" he said.
"Nahhh," Johnson responded. "He can take the credit though."
A few minutes earlier, and just moments after "36 and won" hit Twitter, Booker emerged from the locker room to walk to UK's press conference. He passed by a swarm of reporters waiting in the hallway. One caught his attention and said, "Nice tweet."
Booker simply grinned and kept going.
Sophomore point guard Andrew Harrison was walking behind him.
"I got something coming soon," he said, a sly grin on his face too.
When he got back to the locker room, Harrison tweeted twice.
The first one read: "Lot of talkin lot of tweetin till they ... play."
The second, simply: "Played hard."