I agree with most people I have talked to that everything tells me that Kentucky is going to roll Tennessee tomorrow. The fans are going to be hyped (you would think) because it’s the Vols and they beat us earlier this season. The race to the SEC title is really heating up too so I think the fans have reached that point of excitement knowing March is right around the corner. And then the players obviously have that extra motivation from blowing such a big lead the first game.
But, that also can lead to problems. You get too hyped up and then start trying to do things you can’t do. Tennessee really has nothing to lose so they should be loose.
So how have UK teams done under Calipari in rematch games? Below are the instances where UK has had the chance in the same season to play a team who beat them earlier in the year. Those in red are where UK was unable to get revenge:
South Carolina (L 68-82): WON 82-61
Tennessee (L 74-65): WON 74-45
UCONN (L 84-67): LOST 56-55
North Carolina (L 75-73): WON 76-69
Georgia (L 77-70): WON 66-60
Alabama (L 68-66): WON 72-58
Ole Miss (L 71-69): WON 75-66
Florida (L 70-68): WON 76-68
Vanderbilt (L 81-77): WON 68-66
Indiana (L 73-72): WON 102-90
Texas A&M (L 83-71): WON 72-68 (ot)
Florida (L 69-52): WON 61-57
Arkansas (L 87-85): LOST 71-67 (ot)
LSU (L 87-82): WON 77-76
Florida (L 69-59): LOST 84-65
Florida (L 84-65): LOST 61-60
Tennessee (L 84-77): ?????????
12-4 total in revenge games under Cal and that’s with 3 of those losses coming in 2014 and 2 of those coming against the best team in the country in Florida. The average score in those games was 72-66 so UK hasn’t exactly dominated in those games but they have found a way to get it done, as has been the case in many Cal coached games. I think UT is looking at least at a 10 point defeat tonight but wouldn’t be surprised to see something closer to the 29 beating in 2010.
While I’ve got you here, for those who don’t know I actually have a day job with USTA Kentucky, who oversees tennis programming in the state. We have recently started up a new set of tennis leagues designed for young adults but open to everybody called Drop Shots Tennis. These leagues are formed very much in the mold of your rec softball, kickball, ultimate frisbee leagues. You need no skill to play although it helps to have played a little before. You can sign up with others for an affordable price and each league hosts post-match socials at local bars and restaurants. Below is the registration links for the 5 local leagues we are offering this spring, or you can go to http://www.ustaky.com/adult/recreational.htm for more information.
If you don’t see your city or town above and think this would be a great league for your area, contact me at [email protected] and I can get you setup to have a league.