Avid college basketball fan Ashley Judd had to dash back to a Kentucky Wildcats post-game celebration recently after picking up one of her favourite players' cellphones by mistake.

The actress was miles away when she realised she had pocketed Terrence Jones' mobile by mistake during a visit to the locker room.

Judd says, "I was sitting in the locker room and when I stood up, I just grabbed an iPhone that was there... I was all the way to Elizabethtown, Kentucky before I figured out it was his phone. I felt bad.

"He had good game - he got a bunch of texts from girls on it. I was like, 'Be sure to return your mother's call first'."

Judd is getting excited about the annual NCAA Championship, which begins this week (beg17Mar14) - her Wildcats are seeded eighth and will tip off in what is known as the 'Big Dance' against Kansas State on Friday (21Mar14).