- Saturday, January 28 1928 -
Tennessee - 18 (Head Coach: W.H. Britton)
Kentucky - 48 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 15, Tennessee 4
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Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
CATS OVERWHELM TENNESSEE 48 TO 18
Jeffries Scores 22 Points in Slow Tilt; Vol's Showing Poor
If the Tennessee Volunteers played football like they perform on the basketball court they would finish last in the Southern Conference.
At that, though, the wearers of the Orange and White of Tennessee may find solace in the fact that they did not leave the floor in disgust while the University of Kentucky Wildcats made field goals and then grinned at the Vols at the Euclid Avenue gymnasium last night. The final score was 48 to 18, and the Vols may thank their lucky stars that Irvine Jeffries and other Wildcat stars disdained to start ringing up field goals in any great quantity until the second half was well under way.
Jeffries made his debut in a blue and white uniform last night and it is needless to report that his play surpassed that of his mates - at least last night.
Jeff might have been "puttin' on airs" just because he was sporting his colors for the first time this season. Anyway the Wildcats made 20 field goals during the game and he counted nine of them, and the Wildcats made 48 points and he contributed 22 of them. Outside of Jeffries and McBrayer, other members of the team were not on their game, for their play did not measure up to the standards set in other contest seen on the home court this season, especially against Vanderbilt.
Tennessee is Weak
To say the most, Tennessee had a team that was woefully weak on everything that goes to make up basketball - from regular players on down. All the Vols possessed was a cracking hot all-Southern center in Elvin Butcher, and about all he tried was long shots, and he made very, very few of these. The Vols took many cracks at the basket - from the distance - and consequently made only six of these tries good, one in the first half and five in the second half. Butcher played a good game in the center of the floor, but after he had done his work here, he generally went about trying to pass down the floor, recover the ball himself and then shoot. Which idea worked wonderfully well for Kentucky.
The first half was worth walking 10 miles to keep from watching. Both teams made a thousand and one blunders. It was a comedy of errors, if one could really get any comedy out of bad passes, fumbled balls and crip shots which went amiss when the players trying to make them had all the time in the world to accomplish the work cut out for them. Kentucky was just as guilty as Tennessee, although the Wildcats did manage to outscore the Vols slightly in the half windup, holding a 15 to 4 margin.
Wildcats peppier in Second Half
The second half was just a reverse of the first as far as Kentucky was concerned. The boys seemed to have more pepper and apparently washed the butter from their saturated fingers during the intermission. Jeffries, Owens, McBrayer, Jenkins and others who saw service passed with a precision that left the Vols wondering what was going on. With one tall Wildcat on one side of the basket and a taller wildcat on the other side the Kentucky boys got what they went after after they had worked the oval beneath the net.
Jeffries Sinks Long Ones
Jeffries put on an exhibition of fancy long shooting which brought cheer after cheer from the 3,000 persons who saw the game. This boy did not find himself in the first half but in the final period he sank seven field goals from all parts of the floor.
McBrayer more than held his own with Butcher, while Owens played a fine game during the time he saw service. McGinnis, Kentucky guard, and Johnson, Tennessee guard, were put out of the game after they had accumulated four personal fouls in the second half.