Jan 4, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers cheerleaders at Thompson-Boling Arena before the game against the Memphis Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: 7 Degrees of Tennessee Volunteers

Kentucky faces Tennessee tomorrow night at 7:00PM in Lexington. Coming off a loss to Texas A&M, a team that Kentucky was a 14.5 point favorite against, the Wildcats look to bounce back against the Volunteers.

Tonight, let’s take a look at this Tennessee team and how indeed the Volunteers are linked to Kentucky in 7 degrees or less.

  • Kentucky’s seemingly rolled over and played dead on Saturday to Texas A&M. Something their football team has been accused of for a majority of the Kentucky vs Tennessee football rivalry. The official name of that game is the “Battle for the Barrel”, derived from once being known as the “Battle for the Beer Barrel” as the two universities originally played for a giant beer barrel trophy.
  • Neyland Stadium is believed to have body parts burried under and around the facilities. In the movie “The Blind Side”, a tutor tells young Michael Oher “They work with the FBI to study the effects of soil on decomposing body parts. What’s that mean? When the police find a body, the fine folks at the University of Tennessee help them out…And you know where they store them? Right underneath the football field.” Something not entirely wrong as the stadium does play host to nearly 5,000 complete human skeletons.
  • While Kentucky suspended the Tennessee 25 game winning streak in football against the Wildcats in 2011, Kentucky has had equal success against the Vols in basketball. Between 1950 and 1960, Kentucky did not lose to the Volunteers (
  • Thompson-Boling Arena, named after Knoxville businessman B. Ray Thompson and a UT President, Dr. Edward J. Boling, is home to the Tennessee Men’s and Women’s basketball teams along with the volleyball team. It has played host to two NCAA South Regional Finals in 1999 and 1994, along with concerts and a former NBA exhibition attendance record when the Boston Celtics and Washington Bulletts faced in 1988.
  • Since that game, Tennessee’s basketball team has had issues with Bulletts as recently as 2010 when four players were arrested and subsequently suspended for after police officers smelled marijuana during a traffic stop and found a handgun with an altered serial number, a bag of marijuana and an open container of alcohol.


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