Yesterday news broke that Kentucky and UCLA could be starting a series beginning in 2014-2015 that would see the two titans of basketball meet every year. The team’s records speak for themselves. Kentucky is basketball’s all time winningest program with eight national championships. UCLA is a west coast juggernaut with the most titles of any team in the land. Only makes sense that the two teams would meet to determine supremacy. The Cats and Bruins have met several times in their history but here are the three games the series can hopefully build upon
3. Sweet Sixteen Beatdown
The Cats have met the Bruins twice in the NCAA tournament and both times one of the teams were en route to a national championship. In ’98 the Cats played the 6 seed Bruins in the round of 16 and completely dismantled Steve Lavin’s team. The Cats shot out of the gate in this one and never looked back as they rolled to a 94-68 victory. Surprisingly this is the only game between the two since 1959 that would be decided by double digits. When the two teams meet you can almost guarantee you’re in for a good game. Kentucky won this one and went on to capture number 7.
2. Ed O’ Bannon Battle
In 1995 UCLA was heading towards their 11th and final title. Ed O’Bannon (pre-NCAA destruction) was a star on his way to a few player of the year awards. The Cats were ranked third and making their first trip to the west coast in over 35 years. The game was a back and forth battle that saw the Cats drop the lead and the game in the final seconds. Hopefully, against Steve Alford’s over matched team the Cats can avoid a similar fate when they head out west. The Bruins have some talent but it will be a few years before they will be seen as a legitimate threat to Kentucky.
1. National Championship
The grand-daddy of them all. Kentucky Vs UCLA. Hall Vs. Wooden. Wooden was in his final game as coach of the Bruins and would not be denied a national championship. A few years later the Cats would land a title of their own. But in this one it was what its all about. The two best teams in basketball squaring off for bragging rights in front of the nation. If this upcoming series can capture some of the magic that was found in the national championship then the coast to coast game will be one enjoyed by basketball fans around the nation. The way basketball should be played.