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.