LOUISVILLE, KY – Kyle Guy and Ryan Cline played in the same conference in high school in the Indianapolis area and were teammates on a high-level AAU team.
The two friends remain in touch long distance. On Saturday, they will be competitors again vying for a trip to the Final Four in Minneapolis.
Guy is a star guard for No. 1 seed Virginia. Cline had an absurd shooting performance in leading Purdue to an overtime win over Tennessee.
“He’s obviously an incredible player, an incredible shooter,” Cline said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun being able to go against an old buddy.”
Cline scored a career-high 27 points against the Vols by making 10 of 13 shots, including 7 of 10 three-point attempts.
Afterward, he ran over and gave Guy a hug as Virginia took the court for warmups for its game against Oregon.
“It’s a little bit exciting that we get to play,” Guy said.
The two likely will guard each other at some point in the regional final. They’ll probably also discuss something Guy shared during his press conference Friday. He said he embarrassed Cline on a crossover dribble during one of their games in high school.
“He’s going to be mad I said this, but I made him fall,” Guy said. “I crossed him over pretty bad when we played him in high school. I remember that vividly.”
“Did he say that?” Cline replied when told later about it. “That’s wild. Yeah, I’ll text him about that. I don’t remember that. Yeah, that’s not cool of him to say. I don’t know why he said that. … I don’t think that ever happened. I’ll definitely talk to him about that.”
Cline was smiling so he wasn’t upset.