Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Friendly NCAA Tournament Wager with West Virginia Attorney General

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 23, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that he will enter into a friendly wager with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey over the outcome of Thursday night’s Midwest regional Sweet Sixteen game in Cleveland between the undefeated and number on ranked University of Kentucky (UK) Wildcats and the number five seed West Virginia University (WVU) Mountaineers.  If UK wins, Attorney General Morrisey will give Attorney General Conway a piece made by Milton-based Blenko Glass Co.  If West Virginia wins, Conway will give Morrisey a Meacham’s country ham from Union County, where Attorney General Conway’s father was born and raised.

“While UK has a great team, I believe WVU -- a squad with incredible heart -- can pull off this big upset. Our offices have worked together in a bi-partisan manner on several initiatives, but when it comes to men's basketball, we must draw the line," Attorney General Morrisey said. “Let’s Go, Mountaineers!”

Conway responded by stating “Given the recent history of this developing NCAA tournament regional rivalry, this game is likely to be a battle.  The Kentucky players, guided by Coach Calipari, have proven all season long that they will rise to any challenge, and we are all looking forward to taking on our neighbors to the East.  Congratulations to the Mountaineers on their berth in the Sweet 16, but I look forward to celebrating a Kentucky victory over WVU with my spoils from Attorney General Morrisey.  Our Wildcats are on an historic roll.  Here’s hoping for the continuation of a perfect season for the University of Kentucky that culminates with a ninth national title. Go CATS.” 

The last time WVU and UK met in men’s basketball was in 2011, when UK beat WVU in the NCAA East Regional Third Round and eventually went onto the Final Four in Houston, led by Brandon Knight, Josh Harrellson and others.  One year earlier, when UK was the number one seed led by Demarcus Cousins, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, WVU upset UK in the NCAA East Regional Finals when the Wildcats finished four for 32 from the three-point line.  Overall, the two teams have played each other 19 times since 1924. UK has 14 overall wins to WVU’s five.