March 4th, 2009 is a haunting date for Kentucky basketball fans. The whole season under Billy Gillispie was a low point for the Big Blue Nation, but this day pretty much ended the saga of Billy G. It was senior day for the Kentucky Wildcats, and we were hosting a Georgia Bulldog team that was struggling just as much as we had. Kentucky came into the game as a 17 point favorite and was hoping to send the seniors out with a win. Terrance Woodbury had other thoughts. He led the way with 30 points, 5 assist, and gave the Kentucky players and fans one of the worst days in Kentucky basketball history.
After that Kentucky didn’t get invited to the NCAA tournament, and became a 4 seed in the NIT. They eventually made it to the Elite Eight to only get beat by Notre Dame. Billy Gillispie was fired a couple days later and the search began to find the savior of Kentucky basketball.
In April of 2009, John Calipari was named head coach at the University Of Kentucky, and like they say the rest is history. Kentucky fans knew he was a great recruiter and great coach, but we had no intentions of having a 3 year undefeated streak at Rupp Arena. Coach Cal has made Rupp Arena one of the most feared places to play once again, and hopefully the streak continues into his 4th season as head coach.
In this season UK doesn’t play IU or UL at home, but they still have a lot teams that are good on their schudele that they play at home. I think Kentucky extends the streak into next year, but my question to you fans is… Who has the best chance to end the home winning streak? I have set up a poll on the site on the right so let me know which game may be the biggest stumbling block this year.
My Prediction: Missouri on February 23, 2012, reason why I say Mizzou is because it’s college gameday, and the emotions will be so high. Also, they may have one of the best point guards in the country in Phil Pressey, and they have a guy down low named Alex Oriakhi, who Kentucky was after during the offseason when he decided to transfer from UCONN for his senior year. That’s a good one-two punch that could cause Kentucky some problems at home.
I would like to hear your prediction agree or disagree, and who you think has the best chance to end UK’s streak this season.