Jan 19, 2013; Oxford, MS, USA; Ole Miss Rebels cheerleader performs during a timeout in the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tad Smith Coliseum. Mississippi defeated Arkansas 76-64. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: 7 Degrees of Ole Miss Rebels

Kentucky faces the Rebels from Ole Miss tomorrow night at 9:00PM in Oxford, Mississippi.

The Rebels come into the game as one of Kentucky’s 4 best opponents remaining in their season. Ranked #32 in the RPI and #16 in the AP poll, Ole Miss could give a Kentucky squad in need of a signature win and an RPI boost, exactly that.

Here’s your 7 bullet points or less that you’ll need to link the Wildcats to the Rebels:


    • “The Bear” replaced former mascot “Colonel Reb”. “Colonel Reb”, the mascot that began to appear on the sideline in 1979, was a plantation owner.

    • Kentucky was once home to the ABA team, The Kentucky Colonels. These Colonels were represented by “Ziggy”, a  prized Brussels Griffon.

    • Louie Dampier was one of the most famous Kentucky Colonel’s. Playing from 1967-1976, Dampier was one of two ABA players to play their entire career in the league with the same team.

    • Dampier more importantly was a Kentucky Wildcat before his time in the ABA. As one of Rupp’s Runts, Dampier was part of the National Championship Runners-Up team that lost the 1966 Title to Texas Western College.

    There you have it, 7 degrees of Kentucky to Ole Miss. Re-read and shake your head as you figure out how we got from Ole Miss to Kentucky via black bears and ABA basketball and try not to think about what history would have been like if Ole Miss would’ve voted slightly different in 1936.

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