- Friday, February 11 1927 -
Mississippi - 37 (Head Coach: Homer Hazel)
|Allen Cavett Thompson||2|
Kentucky - 17 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|Van Buren Ropke||1|
|C. Foster Helm||4|
Halftime Score: Mississippi 20, Kentucky 9
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|West Virginia 26 - 44|||||Centre College 22 - 16|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
'Cats Play Listless Ball, Lose to 'Ole Miss
The University of Kentucky Wildcat basketeers put up the poorest exhibition of the present season at the University of Kentucky gymnasium last night and lost to the University of Mississippi five by a score of 37 to 17. In a preliminary game, the Kittens, also playing lifeless ball, managed to defeat the Centre College yearlings by a 39 to 6 score, holding the visitors to one field goal and four free throws.
For some reason or other Coach Basil Hayden started his second string men against Mississippi and after the southerners had run up a 7 to 3 score on them, jerked them and substituted his first string men. They fared little better against the rangy team which Mississippi was represented by and were always in the arrears, being behind by a 20 to 9 score at the end of the half.
There is little to say for Kentucky's sake. The boys, defeated in the first half, did not try very hard in the final stanza. Without the valiant but futile efforts of Jenkins and Dees, Kentucky's predicament would have been much worse. Mississippi did not have much of a team, but enough to defeat the Wildcats, who, on the whole, seemed lifeless and possessed of no fight whatsoever.
Jimmie McFarland, coach of the freshmen, substituted so many times that the spectators got seasickness. The starting lineup seemed disorganized without Jeffries and although they had the easiest game of their career, they missed many easy shots and did not seem to be trying half of the time. Combs led the scoring for Kentucky with 12 points, while Len Miller, taking a crack at the basket once in a while, rang up eight points.
Shelton and Dakin were best for the Looies, but they were ejected from the game along with McKinney on account of an excess of personal fouls.
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
'OLE MISS' TAKES 'CAT GAME, 37-17
Visitors Display Sparkling Attack to Win in Easy Fashion; Kittens Down Centre Yearlings, 39 to 6
The University of Mississippi basket ball team, conqueror of Mississippi A. and M. and other outstanding quintets in he south this year, gave Lexington fans an exhibition of offensive versatility Friday night in the University of Kentucky gym in defeating the Wildcats, 37 to 17.
Thruout he game, the Wildcats were puzzled by the Mississippians' attack - if they guarded against crip shots, the visitors dropped in long ones with uncanny regularity, and if they sent out their defense to stop long distance shooting, the black and red quintet worked the ball under the goal on a series of intricate passes and made a crip.
The defense of the visitors, however, was not so strong as their offense, and had good luck favored the Wildcats with their shots, they might have given the Mississippians a closer battle. Time and again, the Blue and White caught their opponents out of position and dribbled down the floor or broke thru on passes only to have the ball dip far into the basket and then provokingly climb out again.
Mississippi has in Lee the tallest and lankiest center seen against the Wildcats this season. Lee was not much of a floor artist, but his long arms reached nearly a foot above Foster Helm's on the tip off and he got the ball every time. Lee made several goals by batting the ball in on the rebound from the backboard, but his principal importance to the team is in getting the tip off.
Coach Basil Hayden sprang a surprise on the fans when he sent his second team in to start the game. He kept the regulars out until Mississippi ran up a 7 to 3 score, but Captain Jenkins and his cohorts fared no better against the visitors.
The affair in the University of Kentucky gym Friday night was a double header, but the first tilt, between the Kentucky frosh and the Centre College yearlings was too one-sided for the fans to get to get very excited over.
The Kittens were badly off form, but this did not prevent them from defeating the Lieutenants, 39 to 6. Centre's freshmen, showing no more strength than an average high school team, made only one field goal, that in the first half when Shelton dropped in a long one.