NEW ORLEANS — Ashley Judd was a bit miffed when she was a little bit late arriving for Kentucky’s national championship game.
The Kentucky-born actress had watched the Wildcats beat Louisville on Saturday and then gone to watch her husband, Indy-Car champion Dario Franchitti, race Sunday. She brought Franchitti — who said he had seen Kentucky play in person only twice before — back with her for the title game and was almost at a loss to explain how happy she was after UK beat Kansas 67-59 to win the national title.
“Can I say I almost wet myself?” Judd said as she laughed and watched the players celebrating on the court. “I didn’t, but Kentucky fans will know what I mean.¿I am at the level I could wet myself. It was that exciting. It was really exciting.
“I expected Kansas would make some runs and we would withstand them well, but I got concerned when we made back-to-back turnovers (late in the second half) but our defense was incredible. I think our offense tapered off a little in the second half (when UK¿had only seven field goals). But it was great just to win.”