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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK’s Last 2 Trips to the Phog a Nightmare

I am super pumped for Saturday’s game at Kansas.  I am some kind of basketball traditionalist I guess in that I love seeing teams playing on their home floors or UK traveling to some of the best places in the country.  Despite getting trounced, I really liked seeing UK play at UCLA this year.  I wish we could get a game at Cameron Indoor at some point.  Unfortunately, that’s not really Cal’s strategy and I get that.  He thinks it gives him a better recruiting advantage to play the neutral site games in certain areas like New York City.  Let’s be honest, he would never independently schedule a game at Kansas.  It was forced through the SEC-Big 12 Challenge.  So I am really excited to see how this team performs on Saturday.

Unfortunately, in my lifetime, UK has had maybe 2 of it’s 4 or 5 worst performances when playing at Kansas.  The Jayhawks gave both Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith their worst losses while at Kentucky.  I don’t see that happening with Calipari since he already has a 30-point loss on his record, but if UK doesn’t show up to play, a 20-point loss is not out of the realm.  From what we have seen the last couple games, I expect a really good game though.

Those 2 losses, in 2006 and 1989, are constantly brought up by UK fans though as low points.  And when researching those games a little more, the last 2 times UK has gone to Allen Fieldhouse, you realize just how crazy those games were:

January 7th, 2006: Kansas 73, Kentucky 46

-Since 2001, fewest points scored in a game
-Biggest halftime deficit since 1990 (surpassed in 2008)
-No UK players scored in double figures (first and only time since shot clock instituted)
-Worst loss of the Tubby Smith-era (one of only 2 20+ point losses)

December 9th, 1989: Kansas 150, Kentucky 95

-Worst modern-day loss in UK history (55 points)
-Only 50+ point loss in modern UK history
-Most points scored in the 1st half of a game and lose (61 1st half points for UK)
-Worst loss of the Rick Pitino era…..by 30 points
-Most points ever given up by UK in a half (80 points in 1st half)
-2nd most points ever given up by UK in a half (70 points in 2nd half)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

5 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK’s Last 2 Trips to the Phog a Nightmare



  1. ron18
    8:54 am January 26, 2016 Permalink

    Bryan, I appreciate the history but how about we go ahead and defeat Missouri first. Is it really necessary to go back and talk about two of the more negative games in the last 20 years when Coach Cal wasn’t even involved and go negative considering the team has played so well the last 2 games ?



    • The Rest of the story
      9:05 am January 26, 2016 Permalink

      I agree ron18. Way too much hype for a team that will make no difference to the UK season, win or lose. Way more important to beat Missouri and become the best in the SEC and let the Kansas game be nothing more than a measuring stick for where this UK team is and what it needs to do. KSR always puts emphasis on the meaningless and overlooks the long run.



  2. scwhite9
    9:23 am January 26, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t know – I remember watching as Rick Pitino and Roy Williams (think he was the coach) had a few words shouted to each other. Williams kept his starters in the game. Toward the end after we had run out of timeouts, Roy shouted to Rick that he would call one for him. Rick hollered back (and you could read his lips), F— You!

    It is still funny/sad after all of these years.



  3. Biglaw Dawgin'
    10:43 am January 26, 2016 Permalink

    BTI friggin’ sucks.



  4. uknbama
    10:51 am January 26, 2016 Permalink

    I remember having a conversation with Roy Williams aboard an airplane regarding that game back in 1993. He danced around it when I questioned him keeping his starters in until the end of the game. Basically, he sort of apologized for that facet of the game. When you’re captive, you’ll say a lot of things. He told me that hoped that Kansas would now be my #2 team. Not likely…