LOUISVILLE — Kentucky spoke of a delayed reaction to Saturday's bit of history making. The celebration of becoming the first Division I team to achieve a 36-0 record will come sometime in the distant future.
"When we grow old and get wrinkles," Karl-Anthony Towns said after UK beat Cincinnati 64-51 in the NCAA Tournament.
For now, Kentucky is preoccupied with winning the 2015 national championship.
"When you're part of something, you get lost in the moment," Towns said. "I think we're all lost in the moment, right now."
Willie Cauley-Stein echoed that sentiment.
"I think it will (be savored) later in life," he said. "Right now, we're still, like, on a mission. And we don't really keep up with it. Nobody really thinks about it like that. I feel like everybody in the world thinks it's crazy (not to bask in the glory)."
UK Coach John Calipari has reminded the players that they can add to the history already made.
"What's so special about this team is we can rewrite our own history," Towns said.
That history cannot be taken away even if Kentucky were to lose in the NCAA Tournament.
"No matter what happens, I think we've had one of the best seasons you could possibly have," Towns said. "But we're not that kind of team to take a good season and run with it. We want a great season."
Trey Lyles continued his late-season surge with his second double-double. He scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Cincinnati.
"That's what we look for from Trey," Cauley-Stein said. "I'm glad he's doing it now. He's figuring out how to play in the college game."
Lyles scored double-figure points for the seventh time in the last 11 games.
"He's so versatile," Devin Booker said. "A lot of people say he's a '4' playing a '3.' But we see that he can do basically everything. His versatility is the most important part of his game."
When asked about the improvement he's made as a perimeter player, Lyles mentioned defense.
"Just being able to guard smaller guys," he said. "Being able to chase them around and do all that kind of stuff has really helped in the development of my defensive game."
After scoring eight of UK's first 10 points, Towns did not score again.
"They did a great job after those first eight points," he said of the Bearcats. "They just smothered me. Every time I caught the ball, I was seeing two or more bodies. They're not going to let me go for 21 (points).
"That's the beauty of this team. Everyone is so talented, it doesn't matter if you get eight. If he gets eight, he gets 10, he gets eight, he gets 10. It adds up to a lot of points."
Every time Booker went up for a shot, a palpable sense of jittery UK fans wanting the ball to go in the basket filled the Yum Center.
"I hear it after the shot," Booker said. "I know they expect it to go in. I expect it to go in."
When a media person asked Cauley-Stein if the referees allowed physical play, the inference was more fouls should have been called.
"To an extent," Cauley-Stein said before adding, "I thought the refs did pretty well. Probably one of the best refereeing groups that we've had. They let us play a little bit. And they also called it when they needed to."
When asked what Cleveland should expect from an invasion of UK fans, Calipari said:"All the restaurant/bar owners are going to be very happy because if (fans) can't get into the games, they're going to be sitting right there. I don't think they drink, but they will be there watching those games. ... There will be a lot of blue in Cleveland, no question."
■ Since 2001, only four times has an eight-seed beat a one-seed. Of course, UK did it last year in beating Wichita State. The other four were Butler in 2011, Alabama in 2004 and UCLA in 2001.
■ The last time Kentucky played Cincinnati (March 19, 2005) was Bob Huggins' last game as UC coach.
■ Cincinnati is one of 11 programs that have played in the last five NCAA Tournaments. The others are Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, San Diego State, VCU and Wisconsin.
■ Ken Pomeroy rated Cincinnati at No. 34, one spot better than Georgia and one spot worse than Vanderbilt.