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Adding To The Kentucky UCLA Legend

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.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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12 Comments for Adding To The Kentucky UCLA Legend

  1. Al/in/Indy
    9:42 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    I really dislike Alford. I saw him in a restaurant in Indy and he was a total prick to everyone, from serving that D-BAG to kids coming up to get his autograph. If you don’t want to be popular do like your mentor Bobby, go to White Castle…..

  2. HillbillyInBC
    9:54 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’m amused that, with all of the talent on both teams in that 1994 game, you chose a photo showing George Zidek and Mark Pope.

  3. Joe
    10:07 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    James Blackmon, Jr. was seen tonight in Lexington. Will commit before the weekend is up. Come on down, we need a great outside shooter.

  4. Jpbky2
    11:02 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    That picture of Mark Pope would have been on our quest for no. 6, not 7. Pope wasn’t around in 1998 for no. 7

  5. BlueTexan
    11:37 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Was in San Diego for the 1975 Ntl. Championship game and can remember the ‘look’ on Joe B’s face when he heard of Wooden’s retirement prior to the game…not happy/good. However, we did play well and all of BBN should be proud.

  6. Ukbradstith
    11:41 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’d rather play iu, ucla might have seen their day come and gone. If we get Blackmon and lyles that series would be freaking nuts. We’d probably crush them but the atmosphere would be nuts.

  7. Not Dan Issel
    6:32 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I was also in San Diego for the 1975 final game. The intensity of that game was incredible. UK played extremely well actually, but UCLA was a team possessed. They simply were not going to lose Coach Wooden’s last game. Very disappointed that UK lost, obviously, but not disappointed in the effort they put out. It was a heck of a game.

  8. Wild Blue
    8:38 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I too remember the 1975 National Championship game. The officials were not going to let Wooden go out a loser!!! Some very questionable calls in that one.

  9. classof68
    9:19 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    8. – I remember watching that game on TV and you are so right. The refs gave that game to Wooden. UCLA kept charging into the UK players on their jump shots, but UK got the fouls called on them.

  10. HackRichards
    9:47 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    # 8 – 9


  11. come on
    11:05 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    In the second half UK was starting to click, Wooden stood.up, got animated about a supposed non call, on Robey I think, and the game changed. Robey and Philips got cheap fouls and seems like Grevey got 2 early fouls. Wish Grevey could have played with the 3 point shot.

  12. pfife
    11:21 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Went to the 98 Regionals. It isn’t that surprising that UK won by double-digits because Baron Davis tore his ACL in the 2nd round. Beating UCLA was still epic. And then beating Duke and exorcizing the Laettner demon two days later? Can’t top the 2012 run in terms of toppling rivals and winning at title, but ’98 was special.