- Saturday, February 20 1943 -
Kentucky - 44 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
DePaul - 53 (Head Coach: Ray Meyer)
Halftime Score: DePaul 30, Kentucky 16
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Game Writeup - by Roy Steinfort, Lexington Herald
DePaul Demons Defeat Kentucky in Chicago StadiumCHICAGO STADIUM, Feb. 20 -- The rough-and-ready DePaul Demons caught the Kentucky Wildcats off-guard in the opening half, established a 14-point lead and then staved off the Wildcats in the final period to win, 53-44, before 16,000 spectators here tonight.
For the Kentucky five in the first half, it was a combination of not being able to hit and buck fever as the Windy City crew fired accurately to take a 30-16 lead at the intermission.
In the first ten minutes, Kentucky could only muster one field goal with De Paul dropping in six and a free throw.
De Paul used something against the Wildcats that was legal, but Coach Adolph Rupp and company surely did complain a lot. The something was George Mikan, a six-foot, eight-inch center, who specialized in batting the ball away from the hoop.
The Kentucky players would fire accurately and apparently the aim was true, but about that time Big George would stick up an arm and the ball would bounce off into a mate's hands.
Not only can he bat the ball down, but he can hit with great accuracy. He tossed in six field goals and six free throws to lead the scorers for the evening. For Kentucky it was Milt Ticco who scored the points. The Jenkins, Ky., lad connected with five field goals and three free throws for 13 points. Center Mel Brewer and Guard Ace Parker tossed in eight points each to trail Ticco in the scoring.
Brewer took the tip-off from big Mikan, but the ensuing play was stopped by the Demons. Guard Tony Kelley tossed in a one-handed shot and added a free throw before Ticco hit a long one for Kentucky.
The Demons tightened up their inner defense and the Wildcats were unable to penetrate under the basket or use set plays. They called upon their long-range ability, but it wasn't there tonight.
Marv Akers and Ticco fired away from the hinterlands, but that's about all they did. Their shots didn't click. With the score standing 19-3 in the Demons favor, Kentucky started to move and showed its first signs of life.
Mel Brewer sank two pivot shots and Muff Davis added a one-handed throw, but that's about the extent of the scoring for Kentucky.
The second half started off like the first, De Paul started to move again, but the Kentuckians apparently were roused from their slumber at half time by a pep talk from Coach Rupp.
With the score standing 50-31, Ticco hit a long shot, Parker connected with a crip, Noel tossed in a crip and Ticco added another long shot to make 50-39 with five minutes remaining in the ball game. Marv Akers tossed in a long shot to make it 50-41. Parker added a foul and Carl Althaus ended the game with a follow-up shot.
Had the Kentuckians been able to hit anything in the first half they would have won with comparative ease. But it was one of these nights. They couldn't hit the hoop from any angle.
De Paul has a good team, but on a neutral floor and with a fair amount of luck, the Cats would win two out of three games. The style of ball here is a little different. The main difference is that they knock you in the tenth row and not in the first row, as they do in the Southeastern Conference.