[Moderated by Matt Jones]
With the Cats most important game of the season coming up at Ole Miss this Tuesday, I thought I’d take a look back at UK’s recent history at the Tad Smith Coliseum. It’s not comforting.
2011: Chris Warren’s Game winning 3
Two years ago, the 10th ranked Cats clawed back from an eleven point deficit in the second half to take a one point lead with a minute left in the game. Ole Miss had the last shot and Chris Warren made it count. The loss was the beginning of a stretch in which the Cats would lose four out of seven before winning ten straight and earning a berth in the Final Four.
2009: “This is Kentucky, it’s not Jodie Meeks”
After a couple of early season bumps *cough* VMI *cough*, things were looking up for the Cats. They were 16-4 overall, 5-0 in the SEC, and had just cracked the AP Top 25. The Cats had a two point lead against the Rebels at halftime when Billy Gillispie gave his infamous interview to Jeannine Edwards. The interview would turnout to be the beginning of the end of Gillispie’s tenure at UK as the Rebels would go on to dominate the second half and win the game. The loss would be the first of three straight and eight of eleven for the Cats en route to the NIT.
Hopefully this is the year that the Cats come out of Oxford with something positive.
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