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Remember When…

 

Tonight the 21.5-point favored Cats take on an abysmal Mississippi State basketball team.  When thinking back about Bulldog basketball, I’m hard pressed to remember a team that could compete with the Cats; 2010 is the exception to the rule.  Demarcus Cousins might be the most hated man in Mississippi after killing the Dogs in Overtime not once, but twice.  Despite receiving hundreds of hate phone calls from MSU students, he dropped 19 points and 14 rebounds before winning in Starkville 81-75.  That game can only be one-upped by his last-second shot in the SEC Championship to put it into overtime.  The 75-74 win kept the Dogs out of the NCAA Tournament.

 

Those are both fond memories, but I wasn’t around to remember today’s important anniversary.  59 years ago Kentucky’s historic 129-game home winning streak was snapped in a 59-58 loss to the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech.  After five years, it was the first time the Cats had lost in Memorial Coliseum.  During the 12-year undefeated run at home, the Cats won 3 NCAA Championships, an NIT, and went undefeated during the 53-54 season.  The home-win record will likely remain untouchable, in the same league with Wilt’s 100 points and Pistol Pete Maravich’s 44 points per game for LSU.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Remember When…



  1. Pepperidge Farms
    4:56 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    We remember



  2. BigBlueBlitz
    4:56 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Awesome memories from the 2010 season, but another great Mississippi State team from the past was the 1995-96 team with Erick Dampier that was the only team other than UMass to beat the Cats. They also went on to the Final Four that year, meaning that great UK team only lost to two other Final Four participants all year long…and also beat both of those teams.



  3. ushouldno
    5:23 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    With the three point shot “Pistol Pete” would have averaged 57 a game. He averaged making 13 threes a game.



  4. Teachable Mo'
    5:29 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    There was a fantastic Miss State game at Memorial (IIRC) the season before they switched to Rupp. MSU had 3 great whippet-like guards. All around 6’5″. They had a lead with something like a minute to go. A good lead, too. And no shot clock. My memory is dim here, but I remember some play led to a small pile-up of players and the MSU players were all jolly and laughing. (I think MSU had only won once in Lexington at that point.) Well, you can guess the rest. UK came back at won. But I always wondered why those 3 MSU guards didn’t go on to pro careers. Like the Triplets at Arkansas.