- Friday, February 25 1921 -
SIAA Tournament (at Atlanta, GA)
Kentucky - 50 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
Tulane - 28 (Head Coach: Claude Simons Sr.)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 30, Tulane 16
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Vanderbilt 37 - 18|||||Mercer 49 - 25|
Game Writeup - by Ed Danforth, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Outplay Tulane, 50 to 28
Next Contest of U.K. Team Will Be With Mercer Quintet This Afternoon
ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 25. -- Kentucky materialized as a dark horse in the S.I.A.A. basketball tournament this afternoon when the Wildcats displayed a bewildering attack and scored the most impressive victory of the afternoon in defeating the Tulane Greenbacks 50 to 28.
The Blue and White Saturday afternoon are to face the Mercer quintet, which defeated South Carolina handily in the first round, 50 to 22. Coach H.A. Stegeman, of the University of Georgia, undefeated this season, told newspapermen after the game that he expected to meet Kentucky in the finals for the title and anticipated a hard fight of it if the two meet next Tuesday night.
Kentucky's attack was never fathomed by the New Orleans quintet. Tulane stepped away to a short lead and before the Wildcats had accustomed their legs to the enormous auditorium floor, they were fighting to check the Greenback rush. Within five minutes, however, the 'Cats found themselves and rearranged their passing to conform with the size of the court. From then on they were never headed. The score at the end of the first half was 30 to 16.
Captain Hayden, King and Atkins grade up with the best forwards ever seen in action on an Atlanta floor. Rangy, fast, clever side steppers any one of this trio is extremely dangerous on a quick shot. Though Tulane was far from a poor team, and in fact is a first rate aggregation, they appeared slow in company with the Kentuckians. Atkins, who frequently was sent down on a baffling play that involved the quick shifting of his guards, was especially effective and Tulane never seemed to fathom this maneuver. Lavin and Ridgeway kept the Tulaners well covered and forced them to shoot from long distances.