- Saturday, February 19 1927 -
Tennessee - 30 (Head Coach: W.H. Britton)
Kentucky - 21 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|C. Foster Helm||2|
|Van Buren Ropke||8|
Halftime Score: Tennessee 15, Kentucky 11
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|Centre College 22 - 16|||||Clemson 33 - 17|
Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
WILDCATS DROP FINAL GAME TO TENNESSEE, 30-21
Butcher's Brilliancy Spells Defeat for Wildcats, Who Fail to Organize for Attack
JENKINS, DEES, ROPKE STARS
The University of Kentucky Wildcats lost their final game of the season to a person who calls himself Butcher, center of the University of Tennessee basketball team at the Euclid gymnasium last night. The final score was 30 to 21, and most everybody gave a sigh of relief with the knowledge that this final score was the last of the season as far as Kentucky is concerned, the season having ended just as it began - disastrously.
With Jenkins in his old form, Kentucky soon took a lead after the first whistle, holding a 6 to 1 advantage on the basis of Paul's two beautiful field goals and Helm's double decker. Cooley scored one for Tennessee and Butcher rang up three field goals before the Wildcats knew who was doing the dirty work, and Tennessee had taken a lead which they held throughout. The Vols - or rather Butcher - led at the end of the first half, 15 to 11, Butch having scored six field goals for 12 points during the playing time.
Jenkins started the second half by scoring a free shot, but Barnhill shot his annual field goal for Tennessee a moment later and covered up Jenkins' shot. The scoring was slow until the close of the game, with Dean getting two for Tennessee and Ropke getting eight of Kentucky's points with four field goals during the remaining minutes of the game. Jenkins' two free shots were the only other points made by the Cats.
Dees' work at the back guard again brought the praise of the critical fans, while Jenkins' floor work was above any criticism whatsoever. Ropke, substituted in the last half for Helm, "got hot" to keep Kentucky in the running.
In the preliminary to the Kentucky-Tennessee encounter the Kittens rang up their fifteenth straight victory, besting the Woodland Athletic Club team, 50 to 27. "Monk" Jeffries had charge of the team last night and he used everybody but the scorekeeper in an effort to see who was the worst or best, as the case might be.
Lyons was high point man with 16 to his credit, while Milward and McBrayer got 11 points each.
Game Writeup - by Neville Dunn Lexington Leader
WILDCATS END SEASON WITH DEFEAT BY TENNESSEE, 30-21
Vols Superior at Passing and Coining Baskets
Butcher, at Center, Scores 13 Points for Visitors; Capt. Jenkins Again Leads Kentucky's Attack But Locals Weak on Crip Shots; Freshmen Beat Woodland A.C.
Combining a fast-breaking determined offense with the advantage of getting the tip-off every time, the University of Tennessee Volunteers put the finishing touches on a dismal basket ball season for the University of Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night in the Kentucky gymnasium, winning by a score of 30 to 21.
For Kentucky, the game was the final one in a series of encounters that have been veritable nightmares to them. Fifteen games were played; the Cats won three, two from Centre and one from Florida. The rest were defeats.
Tennessee heralded as possessing a quintet that wouldn't by any means set a floor on fire, surprised the fans as much as they did the Wildcats. The fans really didn't dare to hope the Cats would win the game, but they didn't expect Tennessee to triumph so decisively. The victory was even more decisive than the score indicates. The Volunteers have a good basket ball team and they are a determined lot. When they got the ball they took it down the floor and there was no hesitation en-route.
Butcher Is Star
Tennessee uncovered a performer who goes by the gentle name of Butcher, who lived up to his name and literally cut the Cats to pieces, especially in the first half. Kentucky, or rather Jenkins, jumped out into a four-point lead on two splendid shots by the doughty little Wildcat captain before Tennessee got a look in. Cooley, a forward, however, broke a crack in the ice with a free throw and Butcher did the rest. Four times in succession, this youngster got loose and dropped in a crip, before Kentucky knew what was going on.
Phipps and Jenkins stopped Butcher for a few moments on free throws, but the Volunteer came right back and made two more goals. At the end of the first half, Tennessee was on top, 15 to 11, and Butcher made 12 of his team's points.
In the second half, Kentucky being behind only four points, was expected to come thru and overtake the Volunteers. Jenkins started the scoring with a free throw, but Barnhill, who replaced Schultz at guard, dropped in a long one. Dean followed up a second later with a free throw. Jenkins made another free throw and then Dean took the ball off the backboard and dropped in one from the foul line.
Kentucky's case seemed hopeless and Coach Basil Hayden sent in Ropke for Sharpe, who had been hurt when he was knocked against the wall. Ropke started a rally for Kentucky, getting two goals in succession. Dean and Rice, however, retaliated for Tennessee with five points between them and then Ropke got loose again, making two more goals. The game was nearly over, but Tennessee, on two rapidly executed plays from the tip off, made two more baskets, one by Keen and one by Barnhill. Just as the final whistle sounded, Butcher dropped in a crip, but the goal did not count.
With the exception of Butcher, Tennessee had no outstanding individual players, but as a team, the Volunteers functioned cleverly. Butcher, however, was the axle on which the outfit pivoted.
For Kentucky Jenkins, as usual, led the attack but the offense was nullified because of the Cat's inability to shoot goals. It was the same old fault cropping out in the last game as it did in all the other tilts. The Haydenmen missed crip after crip.
Kittens Win Again
In a preliminary game, the University of Kentucky Kittens defeated the Woodland Athletics by a score of 50 to 27. The first half of this game was the most carelessly played the Kittens have taken part in this year. Woodland fought as best it could, but the Kittens were off a mile. Jeffries was out of the line up and they plainly showed they missed him.
The first half of this exhibition ended with the Kittens on top, 20 to 19.
Coach Jimmy McFarland, of the Kittens, played with the Woodland team and Jeffries acted as coach in his stead. He sent in a string of substitutes early in the second half and they put up a better game than the regulars in the first period. With only five minutes to play, Jeffries put the first string Kittens back in the fray and then they flashed a semblance of their old skill and made 10 points to Woodland's nothing.
Jimmy McFarland played a game that strongly recalled his balmiest days. From any angle or any position, he dropped the ball thru the net. He made 14 points.