- Monday, December 30 1940 -
Sugar Bowl (at New Orleans, LA)
Kentucky - 45 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Indiana - 48 (Head Coach: Branch McCracken)
|Paul "Curley" Armstrong||5||4||4||2||14|
Halftime Score: Indiana 26, Kentucky 22
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Centenary 70 - 18|||||Notre Dame 47 - 48|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Rangy Indiana Cagers Nip Kentucky's Big Blue 48-45
Record Crowd Sees Encounter
WILDCAT TEAM MAKES REPEATED THREATS
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 30 (AP) -- The University of Indiana's national intercollegiate championship basketball team won the annual Sugar Bowl title here tonight by defeat the University of Kentucky, Southeastern Conference titleist, 48 to 45.
The game was witnessed b a crowd of about 7,500 fans, described as the largest ever to see a basketball game in New Orleans.
The Hoosiers, apparently none the worse for an epidemic of "air sickness" following their plane trip here from California, led all the way except for a brief interval late in the first half.
Cats' First Loss
It was Kentucky's third appearance in the Sugar Bowl event and its first defeat. The Wildcats beat Pittsburgh and Ohio State in previous performances here.
The taller Indiana team consistently got the ball off the backboard and kept the Kentucky players shooting from long range.
The Wildcats made many of these shots good but the score might have been one-sided if the Hoosiers had not missed many easy shots under the basket.
It was a rough-and-tumble game. Sixteen personal fouls were called against Kentucky and 14 against Indiana, and there was much other bruising contact which sent the players sprawling.
Curley Armstrong was all over the field for Indiana, sinking five field goals, two of which came after he had dribbled through the Kentucky defense. His defense also was excellent. Bill Menke got four two-pointers for the Hoosiers and six free throws, to wind up tied with Armstrong for high-point man with 14.
Huber Leads Blues
Capt. Lee Huber was Kaintuck's biggest offensive gun, and his long shots brought six goals from the field, a couple of which he sent from near the middle.
While the Kentuckians seemed to make a larger percentage of their shots count, the Hoosiers were the better floor team. They continually broke up the Kentucky attack, intercepting passes and recovering after forcing long shots.
Indiana got away to a 13-3 lead before the Wildcats tied the score at 14-14 and Huber's long field goal sent Kentucky ahead. The Hoosiers soon came back though, and led 26-22 at the half.
The second half also found Indiana running far ahead, Armstrong and Menke scoring to make it 34-22 before Kentucky could tally. The Wildcats rallied and had the crowd in an uproar as they pulled to within a point of Indiana with two minutes to play.
The Hoosiers spurted again, however, and Bill Menke dropped in a free throw as the game ended, 48-45.
UK's Mel Brewer grabs a rebound. Other Kentuckians include Marvin Akers (far left), Carl Staker (far right) and Milt Ticco behind Brewer).