- Saturday, February 19 1927 -
Tennessee - 30 (Head Coach: W.H. Britton)
Kentucky - 21 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|C. Foster Helm||2|
|Van Buren Ropke||8|
Halftime Score: Tennessee 15, Kentucky 11
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Centre College 22 - 16|||||Clemson 33 - 17|
Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
WILDCATS DROP FINAL GAME TO TENNESSEE, 30-21
Butcher's Brilliancy Spells Defeat for Wildcats, Who Fail to Organize for Attack
JENKINS, DEES, ROPKE STARS
The University of Kentucky Wildcats lost their final game of the season to a person who calls himself Butcher, center of the University of Tennessee basketball team at the Euclid gymnasium last night. The final score was 30 to 21, and most everybody gave a sigh of relief with the knowledge that this final score was the last of the season as far as Kentucky is concerned, the season having ended just as it began - disastrously.
With Jenkins in his old form, Kentucky soon took a lead after the first whistle, holding a 6 to 1 advantage on the basis of Paul's two beautiful field goals and Helm's double decker. Cooley scored one for Tennessee and Butcher rang up three field goals before the Wildcats knew who was doing the dirty work, and Tennessee had taken a lead which they held throughout. The Vols - or rather Butcher - led at the end of the first half, 15 to 11, Butch having scored six field goals for 12 points during the playing time.
Jenkins started the second half by scoring a free shot, but Barnhill shot his annual field goal for Tennessee a moment later and covered up Jenkins' shot. The scoring was slow until the close of the game, with Dean getting two for Tennessee and Ropke getting eight of Kentucky's points with four field goals during the remaining minutes of the game. Jenkins' two free shots were the only other points made by the Cats.
Dees' work at the back guard again brought the praise of the critical fans, while Jenkins' floor work was above any criticism whatsoever. Ropke, substituted in the last half for Helm, "got hot" to keep Kentucky in the running.
In the preliminary to the Kentucky-Tennessee encounter the Kittens rang up their fifteenth straight victory, besting the Woodland Athletic Club team, 50 to 27. "Monk" Jeffries had charge of the team last night and he used everybody but the scorekeeper in an effort to see who was the worst or best, as the case might be.
Lyons was high point man with 16 to his credit, while Milward and McBrayer got 11 points each.