UK fans have so many vivid memories of SEC Tournament games that sometimes some games fall through the cracks. We remember the classics like Arkansas in 1994 and 1995, LSU in 2005, Mississippi State in 2010, and even a loss to Florida in 2014. But there are some games that just don’t get the publicity they deserve for whatever reason, so this week I want to run down some of the best unsung games for UK in the SEC Tournament.
Today we start with John Calipari’s first SEC Tournament in 2010. The championship game against Mississippi State will forever be considered one of the best games of the Cal era, and the Cousins putback a top moment. But the game before that against Tennessee was truly memorable as well. The Vols had beaten the Cats just 14 days earlier, one of only 2 losses in the regular season. They had done it by out-toughing the Cats in Knoxville, and after a sluggish win over Alabama the previous day, many thought the Vols would get the Cats once again in the semifinals.
And in the end: Kentucky 74, Tennessee 45
To hold the high-scoring Vols to just 45 points slammed home the point the Cats were tough enough on the defensive end. Eric Bledsoe drained 5 threes and Demarcus Cousins had 19 and 15. It was the kind of satisfying dominant performance that has become commonplace over the last 7 years. But remember, Cats fans had been through the last 4 years of Tubby and Gillispie without many blowout SEC wins like that, especially against a rival. So this win was especially sweet.
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