We’ve had so many amazing moments in the NCAA Tournament that sometimes some great games can be forgotten. When you look back through the records, UK really hasn’t played many great first round games. In fact, since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, UK has only lost a 1st round game twice, in 1987 and 2008. They’ve only won games decided by 5 points or less 4 times but only ONCE have they played an overtime game and that is the game I want to highlight today. Part of the reason the game against Saint Bonaventure is not normally remembered is because that 2000 teams was one of the most unlikeable UK teams to watch in recent memory and UK went on to lose it’s next game to Syracuse. But nonetheless, you saw a freshman Keith Bogans and a sophomore Tayshaun Prince star in this classic.
I don’t think we are going to see much of a competitive game tomorrow so let’s instead reminisce about one of the great UK NCAA Tournament games today.
2000: Kentucky 85, St. Bonaventure 80 2OT (the only first round overtime game)