- Monday, February 21 1972 -
Georgia - 63 (Head Coach: Ken Rosemond) - [Unranked]
Kentucky - 87 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Ranked 17th by AP]
Halftime Score: Georgia 36, Kentucky 36
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Game Writeup - Atlanta Journal
Andrews Gets Revenge, And So Does Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. - For 35 days Jim Andrews, Kentucky's center, had been carrying a grudge.
But that's all over now. He got his fill of revenge against Georgia Monday night and led Kentucky to its 10th straight win, 87-63, over the Bulldogs.
"We had Andrews primed for this one," said Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp. "when you start riding a guy about his defense, that usually wakes him up."
If that's what it takes, then Georgia's Tim Bassett must be the greatest thing that has happened to Andrews since alarm clocks.
Place: Georgia Coliseum, Athens. Time: About 10:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, just after Georgia had beaten Kentucky (85-73). Enter Bassett, smiling.
"I knew I could take Andrews to the basket. That was our plan," says Bassett. "he's slow and he's not a good defensive player. He hurts them on defense."
In that first meeting Andrews finished with eight points, while Bassett had 27.
Between then and Monday night, somebody rewrote the script and put Bassett in, at best, a supporting role. This time, Andrews got star billing.
The 6-11 center racked up 32 points, game-high and pulled down 15 rebounds. Bassett had 17 points and 17 rebounds. More important, Kentucky got 87; Georgia 63, and that margin all came in the second half.
The Wildcats, which have now won 46 games straight at home, had Georgia down by 12 early in the first half. Kentucky jumped to a 9-0 lead, behind the inside play of Andrews and Tom Parker. In fact, almost five minutes had run off before Georgia scored. Ronnie Hogue made it 9-2 with 15:28 left in the first half.
Hogue's basket seemed to ignite the Wildcats again and before the Bulldogs could again change the lighting arrangement on their half of the scoreboard, Kentucky was up by 12.
Here, Rosemond decided to switch Bassett and Dick Toth and try to stop Andrews. Toth played Andrews close and Hogue and John Fraley started hitting from outside.
"We changed three defensive assignments for the second half and it paid off," explained Rupp. "I don't remember Fraley getting a basket in the second half and Bassett didn't intimidate us either.
"Bassett just couldn't handle Andrews here tonight," Rupp added.
Game Preview - Atlanta Journal (February 21, 1972) by Joe Litsch
Wildcat Memory Shakes Bulldogs
Just about this time every other basketball season Kentucky is making a "title run."
And, just about this time every other season, Georgia has to go to Lexington to play Adolph Rupp's Wildcats.
And just about this time, Georgia usually gets literally run out of the Bluegrass country.
This stop has produced such disasters as 116-86 in '70; 106-87 in '68; and 74-50 in '66.
Now, the Bulldogs must try to reverse a Kentucky trend that has been going on for 45 games - that's how long it's been since the Wildcats lost on their home court. That goes back to an 87-77 loss to North Carolina in December of '68.
You can check the record books back as far as you like - to the beginning of basketball in the South even - and you can't find a Georgia win over Kentucky in Lexington. In fact, it's hard to find a Bulldog win over Kentucky anywhere, anytime.
Earlier this season, one of those rare occasions, which should rank right up there with Halley's Comet and a solar eclipse, happened in Athens. Georgia beat Kentucky, 84-72.
That was Kentucky's last loss this year and Rupp hasn't let the team forget it. He's called this perhaps his worst team ever. He said the same thing in '67 when Georgia beat Kentucky in Athens, 49-40, then when the Wildcats got the Bulldogs in Lexington, it was 101-76.
If ever there was a time when a Georgia team should be given a chance to end the Lexington hex, this should be the year.
Rupp has said this is the best Georgia team he can remember, and his memory covers some 41 years of Southern basketball.
Georgia's scoring more points than it usually does and the Bulldogs were able to handle the Wildcats handily in Athens. Combine all these facts and you've got the makings of an upset, except for one thing; Rupp smells another SEC championship and that's enough to make a difference. A big difference.
Game Writeup - The Red and Black (February 22, 1972) by Tom Crawford
Georgia's basketball team fell apart in the second half and dropped an 87-63 decision to Kentucky in Lexington last night.
The Wildcats broke a 36-36 halftime tie and poured it on in the final stanza to avenge an earlier 85-73 loss to Georgia in Athens.
The loss was the Bulldogs' third in a row, dropping their record to 10-11 overall and 6-8 in the SEC. Kentucky remained in first place in the SEC, upping its league record to 12-2 (18-4 overall).
Kentucky forward Tom Parker banged in three field goals after intermission to put the Wildcats in front 42-38.
Georgia's Tim Bassett hit for a three-point play to narrow the gap to 44-43, Kentucky, before Parker hit a short jumper.
Georgia suddenly went ice cold at this point, and the Wildcats pumped in three shots to go ahead by ten, 60-50.
Toth hit a free throw, and the Wildcats came back and rattled off eight more points to bury the Bulldogs, 68-51.
From there on out it was just a matter of Kentucky playing out the string. Wildcat guard Stan Key scored six points in the last two minutes to account for the final 24-point lead.
In Georgia's first game with Kentucky this season, the Wildcats' Jim Andrews was humiliated by Tim Bassett. Bassett hit for 27 points in that game and held Andrews to eight.
Game Writeup - The Atlanta Constitution (February 22, 1972) by Mickey McCarthy
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky, caught in a stalemate with Georgia at halftime, exploded with a furious final 20 minutes to smash the Bulldogs, 87-63, here Monday night.
Jim Andrews, the Wildcats' 6-11 pivot man, discouraged any Bulldog upset hopes with a lavish 32-point scoring spree.
It was personal revenge for the junior center. He was completely outplayed in Athens when Georgia posted an 85-73 victory.
The win, Kentucky's 46th straight at home against Southeastern Conference foes, protected its one-half game lead over Tennessee, which nipped Florida in Knoxville, 55-52.
The Wildcats, shooting for a fifth consecutive league title, now are 12-2 in the conference and 18-4 overall. Georgia has a 6-7 SEC mark, 10-11 overall.
Georgia, down by 12 points early in the first half, staged a rally to nail the favored Wildcats for a 36-36 tie at halftime.
But with Andrews and Tom Parker triggering a torrid burst to start the second half, the Wildcats broke away to a 64-51 lead with about six minutes to go. With Georgia down by 13 and the full house fanning the famed Kentucky fast break, the 'Cats put it out of reach. Intimidated by the Kentucky man to man defense, the Bulldogs turned the ball over numerous times and never struck up another offensive note in the late going.
Tim Bassett led Georgia with 17 points, followed by John Fraley with 15 and Ronnie Hogue with 13.
Kentucky shot a blazing 61.7 from the floor, while Georgia, the nation's fourth best shooting team statistically, fired 43.9.
Andrews hit 14-of-18 from the floor, added 15 rebounds, and went the full 40-minute route. Bassett, held in check in the first half, was the game's leading rebounder with 17.
"We played an excellent first half," said Georgia Coach Ken Rosemond. "It took a heckuva comeback to get even with them at halftime. But the second half was a different story."
Kentucky played without the services of sophomore guard sensation Ronnie Lyons who was sidelined with an injury.
"Coach Rosemond told me, 'Adolph, you really improved a lot since you played us before,'" said Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp.
"We changed three defensive assignments for the second half and it paid off," Rupp continued. "I don't remember Fraley getting a basket in the second half and Bassett didn't intimidate us any either.
"Bassett just couldn't handle Andrews here tonight. We had Andrews primed for this one. When you start riding a guy about his defense, that usually wakes him up."
With Andrews and Parker carving up Georgia's inside defense, the free-wheeling SEC leaders ran off a 9-0 lead.
Hogue put Georgia's first points on the board with 15:28 left in the half, making the deficit 9-2.
This started another Kentucky spurt, with Parker and Andrews doing the work again, upping the margin to 15-3.
At this point Rosemond put Toth on Andrews, moved Bassett on Stamper, and the Bulldogs were on the way. With Fraley and Hogue keying the suddenly-rejuvenated offensive attack, Georgia came storming back.
Fraley got particularly hot, and Georgia swept ahead of the faltering Wildcats, 27-26, with 4:52 left in the first half.
Andrews, stymied during the rush by Toth, found the range again and hit four baskets down the stretch. But he was Kentucky's only offensive factor.
Bassett matched him point for point and Georgia caught the Wildcats at 36 when halftime arrived. With Gino running the show, Georgia spread out its offense and the 6-7 Bassett was able to work inside against the taller Andrews.
It looked a replay of the game in Athens, won by Georgia, 85-72.