Nov 02, 2011; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats dancer performs during the game against the Transylvania Pioneers at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Transylvania 97-53. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: 7 Degrees of Transylvania


Translyvania is more than the Romanian night time vacation home for one Count Dracula. It is also the namesake of the small university, situated in the shadow of Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky that will face the Kentucky Men’s Basketball team on Monday, November 5th.

Kentucky is 3-1 all time against the Pioneers and is riding a three game winning streak after having dropped the first game of the 1911 three game series, 18-23.

Here are some facts everyone should know about Transy before the game:

  • With an enrollment of 1,100 students, “Transy” (do NOT forget the s) was the first school founded in the state of Kentucky (1780) and 16th school in the country. 
  • While sports might suck, Transy is ranked annually as one of the best small colleges in the United States academically.
  • The legendary blood-sucking Count Dracula never said “I want to suck your blood” in the Universal horror classic, Dracula (1931). Dr. Tom Mason (Ned Bellamy) did however when practicing his Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) impersonation in Ed Wood (1994).
  • Abraham Lincoln slayed Vampires and Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, who attended Transylvania before transferring to West Point.
  • Transylvania is now a Liberal Arts College.
  • Ned Beatty is a liberal democrat and alumni of Transy. Ned Beatty played Lotso in Toy Story 3 and Otis in Superman and Superman 2.
  • Rupp Arena is .5 miles from Transylvania University. That is a 3 minute drive and 12 minute walk. Superman could make it in roughly 1.32 seconds if he only traveled the speed of a bullet versus his advertised “FASTER”.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. The game will also be telecast on Fox Sports and on a delayed basis on WKYT.

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