We do this every year and with good reason. The Kentucky/Louisville rivalry is our very own civil war, dividing houses and turning friends into foes. Over the next two days, we’re going to take a look at the most memorable moments in the history of the series, which dates back to 1913. Next up, Rex Chapman’s monster performance in Kentucky’s 85-51 win in Freedom Hall on December 27, 1986.
Rex Chapman’s first game against Louisville was one for the ages. In front of Muhammad Ali and a packed Freedom Hall, Rex put up 26 points in the Cats’ 85-51 win over the defending National Champions. Chapman was dominant, scoring with ease and without fear. The signature play? Chapman’s dunk over future UK assistant Kenny Payne, pictured above. Behind Rex, the Cats handed the Cards the worst loss of the Denny Crum Era. Chapman later said that he got over the grief of beating his former favorite team pretty quickly:
“I’m not going to lie, I felt bad after that game,” Chapman said. “I’d known Coach Crum and those guys for years, and I felt a little bit like a turncoat. I got over it real quick.“