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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Just How Rare was UK’s romp over Kansas?

Look, Kentucky is going to smash many opponents this year, as evidenced by yesterday’s almost absurd result.  But I still want to go back to last week and recap the historic romp over Kansas.  I did the research and looked back at every Top 5 matchups since the year 2000.  In total, there have been 48 total games between Top 5 teams in the regular season or conference tournament.  No NCAA Tournament games were counted.  Surprisingly, there have been quite a few blowouts in the mix.  Of the 48 games, 22 were decided by 10 points or more.  Five were decided by 20 points or more.  And Duke’s smashing of Texas in 2005 was by 31 points, which means UK actually has a little company.  But still, the 32 point margin is the biggest since 2000 in Top 5 matchups.  A look at the group:

32 Points, 2014: #1 Kentucky 72-#5 Kansas 40
31 Points, 2005: #1 Duke 97-#2 Texas 66
26 Points, 2006: #5 Florida 86-#3 Ohio St 60
22 Points, 2011: #2 Ohio St 85-#3 Duke 63
21 Points, 2002: #1 Duke 99-#3 Maryland 78
18 Points, 2004: #5 Illinois 91-#1 Wake Forest 73
17 Points, 2007: #1 Ohio St 66-#3 Wisconsin 49, 2009: #1 UCONN 68-#5 Louisville 51, 2010: #2 Kansas 82-#5 Kansas St 65
14 Points, 2002: #3 Maryland 87-#1 Duke 73, 2004: #5 Oklahoma St 74-#4 Syracuse 60, 2006: #3 UCONN 89-#2 Villanova 75, 2007: #2 Memphis 85-#5 Georgetown 71, 2010: #1 Duke 82-#4 Kansas St 68
13 Points, 2001: #5 Maryland 76-#2 Illinois 63, 2005: #4 Wake Forest 95-#3 North Carolina 82
12 Points, 2004: #2 Duke 84-#4 Wake Forest 72
11 Points, 2005: #4 Villanova 85-#5 Oklahoma 74, 2008: #2 Duke 89-#3 North Carolina 78, 2013: #5 Kansas 94-#4 Duke 83
10 Points, 2004: #4 Stanford 82-#3 Arizona 72, 2009: #3 Pittsburgh 70-#1 UCONN 60
9 Points, 2002: #4 Oklahoma 64-#1 Kansas 55
8 Points, 2009: #4 Pittsburgh 76-#1 UCONN 68, 2011: #5 Pittsburgh 74, #3 Syracuse 68, 2013: #3 Indiana 81-#1 Michigan 73
7 Points, 2002: #4 Kansas 74-#5 Oklahoma 67, 2004: #4 Pittsburgh 75-#5 UCONN 68, 2008: #5 UCLA 81-#4 Washington St 74, 2010: #4 Villanova 82-#5 West Virginia 75, 2011: #3 Kentucky 69- #4 Louisville 62
6 Points, 2014: #5 Duke 66-#1 Syracuse 60
5 Points, 2003: #4 Texas 76-#5 Oklahoma 71, 2006: #4 Villanova 69-#1 UCONN 64, 2012: #5 Duke 76-#2 Louisville 71, 2012: #2 Duke 73-#4 Ohio St 68
4 Points, 2008: #2 Tennessee 66-#1 Memphis 62, 2013: #1 Indiana 72-#3 Michigan St 68, 2013: #2 Michigan St 78-#1 Kentucky 74, 2014: #5 Michigan St 72-#3 Ohio St 68
3 Points, 2007: #3 Wisconsin 72-#5 Ohio St 69, 2009: #4 Wake Forest 92-#3 North Carolina 89, 2013: #3 Duke 79-#5 Miami 76
2 Points, 2003: #2 Kentucky 69-#3 Florida 67
1 Point, 2007: #2 Ohio St 49-#1 Wisconsin 48, 2011: #1 Kentucky 73-#5 North Carolina 72, 2012: #5 Missouri 89-#3 Baylor 88, 2012: #4 Kansas 87-#3 Missouri 86

Now you might ask who has been involved in the most Top 5 matchups since 2000.  A list of the top performers:

Duke (12 appearances): 9-3
Ohio State (7 appearances): 3-4
Kansas (6 appearances): 4-2
UCONN (6 appearances): 2-4
Kentucky (5 appearances): 4-1
North Carolina (4 appearances): 0-4
Michigan State (3 appearances): 2-1
Louisville (3 appearances): 0-3
Indiana (2 appearances): 2-0

Article written by Bryan the Intern

4 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Just How Rare was UK’s romp over Kansas?



  1. LesIsMoreKY
    10:07 am November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Just a note. Texas made it to the Elite 8 that year while Duke lost to LSU in the Sweet 16.



  2. wildcatjr
    10:57 am November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Indiana is not 2-0 vs. top 5. Indiana lost to Kentucky – #1 in country – in the 2012 Sweet 16.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:21 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      article clearly says tournament games were not counted



  3. BTownUKFan
    11:26 am November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Duke is involved in more games as #1 because they are consistently over-rated. If they won the championship every year they spent time at #1 they would have about 20 titles.Ohio State is another team that consistently gets over-ranked.

    Kentucky has lost 27 times as the number one ranked team, third-most all-time. Most Losses as AP No. 1 Duke 33 North Carolina 30 Kentucky 27 Kansas 17 UCLA 15