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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Forgotten UK Classic 1st Round NCAA Tournament Game

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)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

8 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Forgotten UK Classic 1st Round NCAA Tournament Game



  1. RC
    8:32 am March 16, 2017 Permalink

    If memory serves (without watching the clip) this is the game UK needed every single one of Tayshaun Prince’s 41 points to win a game in OT that we had no business almost losing. Hooray! This was Prince’s epic performance that tied Goose Givens’ 41 point performance for the most points scored by a Wildcat in a tourney game.

    However- I remember watching this game and thinking “why in the hell can’t we put away St. Bonaventure?” Prince saved our arse that game. But it was a harbinger of things to come for Tubby Smith in the NCAA tourney. You remember Tubby, right? ZERO Final Fours after his magical championship run in ’98. None. Not one.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, BTI. This isn’t one to celebrate. This gives me the shakes.



  2. RC
    8:35 am March 16, 2017 Permalink

    Whoops! Wrong game. Prince got 41 a couple of years later. I need some coffee. Sorry.



  3. 3 fan
    8:46 am March 16, 2017 Permalink

    UK did have some talent on that team, but they were horrible to watch. Tubby sucks



  4. runtsfan
    8:52 am March 16, 2017 Permalink

    Bryan – Work on your accuracy in writing. “Its”, not “it’s”. There could be children watching. Picky, I know, but a pet peeve of mine.

  5. It may have been a classic to some because it was close, but I don’t think there’s one member of the BBN that considers it a classic…except BTI.



    • claiborne_field
      11:09 am March 16, 2017 Permalink

      I agree. I do remember that game but it was painful… and certainly not a “classic”. There’s a reason it’s forgotten. We also ended up losing 2 days later in the 2nd round to Syracuse (by 2)… again, painful.



  6. dballrb
    3:35 pm March 16, 2017 Permalink

    I may be wrong but I recall Tuby gave Rashaad Curruth a chance;highly rated player with alot of baggage,and he blew it . That’s when Tuby starting recruiting more “character” guys over “talent”…Came back to haunt ole 10 loss Tuby..