- Saturday, February 8 1947 -
Kentucky - 47 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
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DePaul - 53 (Head Coach: Ray Meyer)
Halftime Score: DePaul 33, Kentucky 28
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Game Writeup - by Wilfrid Smith, Chicago Tribune
De Paul Whips Kentucky, 53-47; N.U. Tops Purdue
DEMONS JOLT FOE'S RATING AS NO. 1 TEAM
Wildcat Triumph in Stadium, 54-43
Northwestern's Wildcats, comfortably ensconced in last place in the Western conference, and De Paul, six time loser this year, refused to remain in character last night in the Stadium. Before a capacity crowd of 18,584, the Wildcats checkmated Purdue's title bid, 54 to 53. Then De Paul, previously beaten by 20 points by Kentucky in Louisville, outplayed the nation's No. 1 college squad, 53 to 47.
The largest crowd of the season saw the best double header of the season. After Northwestern had withstood Purdue's closing rally, De Paul duplicated by smashing thru to certain victory in the last 30 seconds when Kentucky came from behind to trail 47 to 49. Whitey Kachan, veteran guard, paced the Demons with superlative floor work and he scored 18 points, three more than the always dependable Ed Mikan.
History Repeats for Kentucky
History repeated for Kentucky. Four years ago, the Southerners came to the Stadium with 13 consecutive victories only to lose to De Paul, 53 to 44. Until last night Kentucky had won 21 of its 22 games this year and a week ago had beaten Notre Dame 60 to 30.
Kachan set the tempo for De Paul, and his defensive skill was largely responsible for the failure of Ralph Beard to score from the field. Moreover, all of the Demons fought for possession as they have not played this year. Kentucky led, 14 to 12, after 10 minutes, but thereafter never was ahead. De Paul's half time margin of 33 to 28 was its third five point advantage in the 20 minutes.
Forty-eight fouls were called, most of them under the back board or on ball handlers driving to the boards.
Kachan Comes Thru
De Paul soon took a 39 to 29 lead in the second half and still was in front, 46 to 41, when the four minute period arrived. Gordon Gillespie and Kachan offset Alex Groza's followups, but the huge Kentucky center, almost without assistance, established the 49 to 47 count with two minutes left.
Kachan then dribbled thru for a goal and later got the last point from the penalty line as Kentucky's defense collapsed. . . .
Alex Groza and Wallace Jones fight a DePaul player for a loose ball
Bob Brannum (#20) reaches for a rebound in front of DePaul's Gene Stump (#92), Whitey Kachan (#27) and George LaRochelle (#96)
Alex Groza (#15) completes a free throw to give him one of his 21 points.