Until Thursday, though Kansas State had never beaten Kentucky, losing all nine meetings. Barrett, 88, was in the Philips Arena stands and after the game was called down to the Kansas State locker room to help celebrate.
“I was so pleased to win this game because it brings back memories of my time when I played in 1951, and you weren’t even born,” Barrett said, accurately.
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said after the game that Barrett called him after the Wildcats beat UMBC in the second round to set up the matchup with Kentucky.
“He said, ‘Coach, you’ve got to get revenge for us,’” Weber said.
Weber said Barrett “hugged everybody, and when he hugs you, you might be hurt after he hugs you. It doesn't matter, whatever he is, 80, whatever he is, that dude has some strength. But it was great for him. I don't know if he had tears, but it sure looked like it.”