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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Revenge Factor, Does It Play a Role?

Does revenge play a factor in the SEC Tournament?  Should Kentucky have extra motivation to hammer Ole Miss today after the Rebels got them earlier this season?  Players and coaches will often argue no.  That this game is just like any other, they prepare the same and come into it with the same mental focus of any other game.  Since the SEC Tournament expanded in 1993, Kentucky has played 16 games against teams that it lost to during the regular season.   Take a look at those results:  

R. Season: Arkansas 101, Kentucky 94
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 92, Arkansas 81

R. Season: Tennessee 78, Kentucky 77
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 101, Tennessee 40

R. Season: Florida 59, Kentucky 57
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 73, Florida 60

R. Season: Arkansas 90, Kentucky 82
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 90, Arkansas 78

R. Season: Arkansas 94, Kentucky 92
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 95, Arkansas 93

R. Season: Mississippi 73, Kentucky 69
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 88, Mississippi 70

R. Season: Arkansas 74, Kentucky 70
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 76, Arkansas 63

R. Season: Mississippi 65, Kentucky 55
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 77, Mississippi 55

R. Season: Arkansas 82, Kentucky 78
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 87, Arkansas 78

R. Season: Georgia 65, Kentucky 57 AND Georgia 74, Kentucky 68
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 69, Georgia 60

R. Season: Florida 53, Kentucky 52
SEC Tourn: Florida 70, Kentucky 53

R. Season: Alabama 68, Kentucky 64
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 68, Alabama 61

R. Season: Alabama 72, Kentucky 61
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 79, Alabama 67

R. Season: Mississippi 85, Kentucky 80
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 71, Mississippi 58

R. Season: LSU 73, Kentucky 70
SEC Tourn: LSU 67, Kentucky 58

R. Season: Tennessee 74, Kentucky 65
SEC Tourn: Kentucky 74, Tennessee 45

Kentucky is 14-2 in the SEC Tournament against teams that beat them in the regular season.  To me, that is more than enough evidence that revenge does play a factor in these games.  And it gives me more than enough confidence the Cats will roll this afternoon.  One last stat to further illustrate how much it plays a role:


Cats by double digits today. 


Article written by Bryan the Intern

26 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Revenge Factor, Does It Play a Role?

  1. deer boss
    9:18 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    was that a typo…beating UT by 61?

  2. Big blue daddy
    9:19 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    That’s why we are Kentucky! We beat ur azz when it counts…

  3. B
    9:22 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    1 – Nope…. we had 7 guys in double digits…. They had 1. We were up 41-17 at half time.

  4. dmc
    9:22 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    I think we can omit 2009 = Billy G excuse

  5. Nathan
    9:22 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    that is the correct score.

  6. jimmy dykes
    9:23 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    nail it today boys.

  7. BlueZoo
    9:26 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    I trudged through two feet of snow the next morning after beating Tennessee by 61 to get a newspaper and read Jerry Tipton’s take on the game. I have since repented my sins. Yes, revenge always plays a role with elite athletes.

  8. mudcat
    9:27 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Man, I forgot how good Arkansas was in the 90’s. Those were some great battles.

  9. deer boss
    9:27 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    3…thanks for the link.

  10. deer boss
    9:28 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    8…they were fun to watch and we had some great battles. I still get pissed that Scotty Thurman went pro.

  11. ukclassof93
    9:35 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    I was at that UT butt whippin!! Walk-on Todd Svoboda outscored Allan Houston in Allan Houston’s final game as a vol!

  12. Mike Miller
    9:37 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    I remember the loss to UT in 93. Allan Houston cheated by jumping across the free throw line before the ball hit the rim. That’s the only way they could have won that game. I was there for the 101 – 40 smackdown and enjoyed every minute of it. Todd Sveboda outscored Allan Houston 4 to 3 that game.

  13. Brew Crew
    9:42 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    My thoughts go out to the people in the Pacific Rim affected by the earthquake tsunami combo, and especially those in Japan. We should keep some perspective today of the relative importance of SEC tournament basketball in the greater scheme of events.

    That said… go cats!

  14. bluetooth
    9:42 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    there was nothing more fun than whipping nolans hogs …. well maybe 1 thing

  15. Oh well
    9:47 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    This is the kind of post I like reading from BTI in the mornings! Tremendously better than that garbage yesterday!!

  16. I can't see the comments
    9:48 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s make it triple digits shall we? Yes Ole Miss, it’s a trap.

  17. Coach Enes
    9:48 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    That was some SERIOUS revenge on the Vols in 1993. Todd Svaboda out scoring Allen Houston!

  18. kygirl
    9:50 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    notice no one is badgering BTI today, what gives?

  19. Andy
    9:51 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t we get revenge on Auburn also, 99? When they had Chris Porter. Or does that not count since they went on probation because of him?

  20. enesenvy
    9:52 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    ok funny story from the tourney…i was checking in at the westin peachtree and i see usc’s coach darrin horn talking with a hotel staff member who was taking notes. Later at the concierge desk, the SAME staff member comes up to the concierge to request a room service order: one dozen roses, 20 pounds of dry ice, and 2 lbs of raw hamburger! Both staff members where chuckling about it…wonder what coach horn was doing later…

  21. rml4uk
    9:55 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    This was a really good post, BTI. Definitely some very intersting information and makes me look forward to our game even more. I hope Knight, Liggins, and/or Lamb nails a 3 right in Warren’s eye… multiple times.

  22. Blueburg
    10:05 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    In 1993 that wasn’t the only game we won that big in the SEC tourney. Patino had us pressing and teams couldn’t even inbound the ball on us; we would steal it and shoot layups. Mashburn was unbeleivable. It was like you were high on something when you watched them when they played this way. And the crowd (which you know was packed full of blue) was going crazy. I just assumed we were gonna win it all that yr. We were hitting 3’s like crazy.

  23. Blueburg
    10:17 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    2 games before the TN blow out, we beat Ole Miss 98-66! On that team we had Mash, Tony Delk, Rodney Dent and Travis Ford. Some of those games, our defense was so impenetrable, it was like being in a dream. I believe the SEC tourney was even at Rupp that yr. The crowd would get so loud it drownded out the announcers. That was back in the day when you could turn the tv announcers down and watch the game in such with Caywood Ledford.

  24. bluetooth
    11:46 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    nothing better than beating nolans hogs !

  25. Cinderella
    11:48 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    While this is good news to read this morning, what is our record against teams we BEAT in the regular season? Probably a pretty similar winning percentage, so I’m not sure we can count too much on the revenge factor.

  26. some guy
    12:29 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Haha wow, UK beat UT by 61 in 93, that should be their mark against Ole Piss.