Kentucky faces Texas A&M tomorrow at 4:00PM in Rupp Arena. The game marks the first time the two will face each other on the court in SEC competition, as well as the first time the two have faced off since 1978. That last meeting saw #17 TA&M upset #11 Kentucky in Rupp.
Revenge is best served cold and this thing is about as friged as the shoulder your father in law gave you at Christmas after butt-dialing him from the bedroom. The long ago loss, coupled with TA&M seeing the train wreck waiting to happen in Billy Gillispie leave College Station in 2007 bound for a disaster worse than that 2011 Denzel Washington flick Unstoppable – something BCG and Kentucky were far from during his tenure – makes for a few interesting story lines sure to be hinted at by the announcers tomorrow.
Here are your 7 degrees of Kentucky to Texas A&M:
- It’d be super easy to tie TA&M to Kentucky with Billy Cylde Gillispie. Gillispie, who by all accounts, was a mean son-of-a gun, often saw to it that his players were punished in bizarre fashion. Eating Pop-Tarts after missing free throws in practice, finding rides home in the back of equipment vans after a bad a game and his odd behavior with the media would speak volumes for the connection to A&M. This is 7 degrees though, so let’s get a little more obscure.
- Texans like their guns, fitting since they had the loaded gun of BCG on their bench. Also fitting since Texas A&M was originally founded as a all male school. Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets is the largest uniformed body of university students in the nation outside the U.S. service academies.
- 50 years ago, Texas A&M finally allowed females to attend the University.
- The most famous female on campus is the First Lady of Aggieland. Her name is Reveille. With her long locks and flowing brown/blond hair, she is striking. Sure, she’s also a Collie and the mascot.
- The First Lady of Kentucky is Jane Beshear. Mrs Beshear is the wife of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
- Kentucky born and raised, William Harding Mayes was a lawyer that practiced in Mayfield. After moving to Texas, he became the Texas Lieutenant Governor in 1913 and served until 1914.
- Harding Mayes was married to Jessie Ware and later Anna Marshall. With no pictures found on the Internet, I can’t honestly say if either were dogs, but with looks like these, it’s hard to imagine otherwise.