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UK Men’s vs Women’s Sports….Who Will Come Out on Top?

Last season left a lot of UK fans with a sour taste in their mouth after a 2-10 football season and a first round loss in the NIT for the men’s basketball team. While the two most “high profile” sports the university has to offer fell very short of expectations, if you were to flip the coin around and look at the women’s side of things, Kentucky accomplished some pretty impressive feats. The women’s basketball team advanced to their third Elite 8 in four years, the softball team advanced to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament, and the volleyball team made it to the Sweet 16. While many view this past year as a flop for UK athletics, they fail to realize the solid and steady progress the school has made for female athletics.

Let’s take a look and compare each sport that has a men’s and women’s team directly to see which gender really came out on top:

Basketball

Men’s team: Finished 21-12 (12-6 SEC) and lost in first round of NIT

Women’s team: Finished 30-6 (13-4 SEC) and lost in Elite 8 of NCAA Tournament

Baseball/Softball

Men’s baseball: Finished 30-25 (11-19 SEC) and did not make NCAA Tournament

Women’s softball: Finished 41-21 (13-11 SEC) and lost in Super Regionals of NCAA Tournament

Tennis

Men’s team: Finished 22-12 (6-6 SEC) and lost in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament

Women’s team: Finished 13-12 (4-9 SEC) and did not make NCAA Tournament

Soccer

Men’s team: Finished 10-9-2 and lost in first round of the NCAA Tournament

Women’s team: Finished 14-7-1 (8-5-1 SEC) and lost in second round of NCAA Tournament

Golf

Men’s Team: Finished 13th of 14 SEC teams and 10th out of 14 in NCAA Regional play

Women’s Team: Finished 5th out of 14 SEC teams and 12 out of 24 in NCAA Regional play

Since football has no female counterpart and volleyball has no male counterpart, those two well just be grouped together for comparison’s sake.

Football

Finished 2-10 (0-8 SEC) with no bowl game

Volleyball

Finished 22-11 (14-6 SEC) and lost in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament

As you can see, out of all the major male/female sports UK has to offer, the only one in which the men’s team finished with a better season than the women’s team was tennis. I think it’s safe to say we can call the 2012-2013 sports year at UK “Year of the Ladies”. The women trumped the men in virtually every category.

The results this year should be vastly different, as the men’s basketball team brings in another number one  recruiting class with added veterans, and the football team is rolling strong under new head coach Mark Stoops. Hopefully all the sports I included on this list can have successful seasons including runs in the NCAA Tournament, but time will only tell. Where do you think the most drastic difference on this list will be noticed from last year to this year?

@WilderTreadKSR

Article written by Wilder Treadway

KSR Alpha Class '12 #holla

11 Comments for UK Men’s vs Women’s Sports….Who Will Come Out on Top?



  1. guindage
    4:13 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    first!



  2. Linda Taylor
    4:13 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    Wilder, of course women’s sports will be on top.



  3. Linda Taylor
    4:23 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    Wilder, you know I am a big fan as we communicate to each other on twitter, so just know there is a troll posing as me today and you’ll have to check the ip address to know which posts are really mine.
    Enjoyed the post by the way and can’t wait to see Linnae Harper in action. She’s been tearing it up in the USA under 19 action.



  4. Linda Taylor
    4:29 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    Wilder, I can’t wait to see Makayla Epps in action also.



  5. adrian
    4:58 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    Once again, track, swimming, and xc getting absolutely no love.



  6. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers
    7:47 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    4. Wow, not a fan of mine I see?



  7. UK2K
    7:47 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    6. Now that’s funny



  8. Linda Taylor
    8:25 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    7 – posts 2 and 4 were the impostor troll. I’m very excited to see all our great freshmen, but especially Linnae. We’ve never had a top 5 recruit on the women’s team before.



  9. Bluetruth
    8:27 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    Do women sports even count?



  10. Linda Taylor
    1:53 am July 28, 2013 Permalink

    11 – Actually you are the person I suspect is using my name and making posts under it. It is exactly the type of thing someone who criticizes a person who is trying to be helpful to others would do. If it is you be man enough to admit it. But then again you aren’t even man enough to post under your own name in any post are you. Hiding behind a computer screen, how pathetic.



  11. catfan68
    5:55 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    11 Linda, are you talking to yourself? lol