- Saturday, December 11 1943 -
(at Louisville, KY)
Kentucky - 66 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Indiana - 41 (Head Coach: Harry Good)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 34, Indiana 21
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Game Writeup - by Alex Bower, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Roll to 66-41 Victory Over Indiana Team
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 11 (Special) -- Coach Harry Good of Indiana University tossed what he calls his "song and prayer" offense at the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the Jefferson County Armory here tonight, but the Cats apparently had no ear for swing or supplication and danced off with a 66-41 decision over a team that in past years has offered formidable opposition.
The Wildcats moved off to a quick lead, fell behind momentarily, 3-2, in the opening moments, then forged to the front and led by 34-21 at the half.
To observers from the University of Illinois and Ohio State who watched the Wildcats hotfoot the Hoosier team, the spectacle probably was anything but pleasing, if Indiana offers a fair sample of what civilian Big Ten teams will be like this year. Immediately after their comparatively easy victory over I.U. the Cats turned in for the night and prepared to take off for Columbus, Ohio, Sunday where they will meet the Buckeyes Monday night.
To those who had seen the Wildcats mow down the Berea Mountaineers last week, tonight's contest seemed rather tame. Indiana, famed for its fast-breaking offense, was afflicted with the slows tonight and never made a serious threat.
Cats Never Let Up
The young Kentucky team, flashing the same determination and fight that marked its first two games, maintained a fast pace throughout and never let up offensively or defensively. Occasionally the Cats looked ragged when Indiana tried to fast break, but their mistakes were comparatively few and they showed much more polish than the Hoosiers, who had a slight advantage in height.
Bob Brannum, the Kentucky freshman center who has been the team's scoring leader, again weighed in heavily, but was forced to take second place to the ubiquitous Walter Johnson, who played all over the floor and dumped in 13 points. Brannum matched Johnson's five field goals, but was one short in the free throw department and wound up with 12 points.
At the foul line the Wildcats were particularly effective, hitting on 10 of 11 chances. The Blue team's aggressive play, especially during the second half, gave Indiana 26 free throws, but the Crimsons were able to cash in but 11 of the opportunities.
Strenuous defensive work by Kentucky in the second period resulted in the banishment of Whitehead, Brannum and Moseley, but the reserves carried on with the proper spirit and held the opposition safe.
Tingle "On the Ball"
Slim Jack Tingle, the Bedford freshman who started at forward in place of the injured Wilbur Schu, played an excellent rebounding game and had his long shot sufficiently grooved to plump in four field goals. The Whitehead kid, small but smooth, also tossed in four field goals, a couple of them short stabs that reminded the onlookers of Muff Davis, who specialized in those lightning jabs last season. Tom Moseley also operated fluidly.
At the outset the Indiana defense was concentrated on Brannum, but after Tingle, Johnson and Whitehead had rocked the Hoosiers with a few long shots the defense spread and after that it was just a question of how many lengths the Cats would win by.
Indiana used a cut-and-pass offense that was pretty well bottled up and provided very few easy scoring opportunities.
The Blue team hit 28 out of 94 field-goal attempts for a percentage of 0.299 and Indiana got only 58 shots and connected just 15 times for an average of 0.259. It may be seen from these figures that the Kentucky retained possession of the ball most of the evening.
A crowd of about 4,500 watched the game and extended its sympathy to Referee Earl Townsend, who was forced to work the game alone after Dan Tehan failed to show up. It was not recorded whether anyone shed tears on behalf of the Hoosiers but they didn't need it anyhow -- about midway through the second half they looked as if they were feeling plenty sorry for themselves.
Walter Johnson (#14) drives to the basket while defended by IU's George Tipton (#7).