This week is one of the most enjoyable of the year for UK fans, and part of that enjoyment is the expectation that Kentucky will be quite successful in Nashville. And some this program’s most memorable games, for a variety of reasons, has occurred at this tournament. Let’s take a look back at 5 of them that immediately came to mind for me:
1993: Kentucky 101, Tennessee 40
-What’s crazy about this win is that Tennessee had beaten the Cats earlier in the season. Believe it or not, this only UK’s 4th largest win against an SEC opponent and 3rd largest in the SEC Tournament.
1995: Kentucky 95, Arkansas 93 (OT)
-Some might argue this was the best played SEC Tournament game in history. Game is memorable for not only the result but because this was basically the end of Rod Rhodes’ time at Kentucky.
2008: Georgia 57, Kentucky 56 (OT)
-While the result wasn’t the greatest, the circumstances leading to this game will never be forgotten. The tornado. The venue change and ticket scramble. And Georgia went on to win the entire tournament.
2010: Kentucky 75, Mississippi State 74
-25 years from now people will swear Demarcus Cousins won this game on a buzzer beater. Hell, some people believe it now. But in fact it just sent the game into overtime and UK survived and won their first SEC Tournament in 6 years.
2016: Kentucky 82, Texas A&M 77 (OT)
-Tyler Ulis. Legend.