Mar 20, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Vanderbilt Commodore cheers against the Louisville Cardinals during the first round of the 2011 NCAA women

Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: 7 Degrees of Vanderbilit Commodores

Kentucky begins SEC play this week with Thursday’s match-up against Vanderbilt (9:00pm EST). This is the first time the two teams will meet since Vanderbilt upset an SEC unbeaten Kentucky team in the SEC championship game on March 11th.

These two teams have a long history, but let’s take our look at how they are tied together outside of the basketball court, with a special birthday detour for the sound track king, Kenny Loggins.

  • Kentucky leads the series with Vandy 135 to 46. A laughable series mark, but one that Vandy has managed to edge the slightest bit closer winning 8 of the last 15.
  • ESPN’s Skip Bayless and his sports comedy are always good for a good laugh, fitting since he is a notable alumni from the Nashville based school.
  • Known as the home of country music, Nashville has hosted stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow on their way to stardom and once they arrive.
  • One of those famous bands is the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the group responsible for the 1989 CMA award for best album of the year.
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had four songs written for them by the birthday boy, Kenny Loggins. Loggins, for you younger folk, is the man responsible for Footloose (Footloose), Highway to the Danger Zone (Top Gun), I’m Alright (Caddyshack) and many more. Songs not only on the soundtracks of the famous movies, but also the soundtrack of my childhood.
  • There is a parkway (Bluegrass) and an interstate (I-65), but no highway, that separate Lexington from Nashville. That’s around 212 miles and 3 hours if you were going to be travelling Royce White style (bus).
  • Royce White was suspended yesterday from the Houston Rockets after failing to provide services. The rookie is afraid of flying and that mental illness has also watched his career take a huge hit.
  • Royce White, as you likely remember, played Houston Rocket teammate Terrance Jones and the Kentucky Wildcats last year in the NCAA fourth round in Louisville (who’s mayor Greg Fischer is also a Vanderbilt alum).


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