Kentucky basketball: Wildcats silence Rocky Top in dominating performance

Kentucky forward Isaiah Jackson (credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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Splattering Blue over Orange is oh so sweet

Kentucky was absolutely smothered by the Vols early this season in Rupp Arena when guards Keon Jackson and Jalen Springer dropped a combined 50 points on them in an 82-71 win. This time around it was Big Blue’s defense that shut them down for 15 and 4 points respectively.

It’s also the first time that Kentucky has defeated Tennessee in Knoxville in both football (34-7) and basketball in the same academic year since 1958-1959. Oh and the first time by at least 15 points in both sports as well in the same academic year in games played at Tennessee.

The Big Blue sting today also is just the second time ever that a Kentucky team with a losing record defeated an opponent that was ranked in the AP Poll on the road. That other team just happened to be Tennessee in 1989 when Eddie Sutton was the coach and an 8-9 Kentucky defeated No. 17 Tennessee 66-65.

Seeing just how many blue-clad fans would have gotten into the arena and hearing Go Big Blue drown out the non-stop chorus of boos the few Vol fans exulting all day would have sweet music to the ears of BBN.