- Tuesday, January 12 1999 -
Tennessee - 47 (Head Coach: Jerry Green) - [Unranked]
Kentucky - 46 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 6th by AP]
Halftime Score: Tennessee 25, Kentucky 21
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Vanderbilt 73 - 57|||||Mississippi 63 - 57|
Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 26. (All Rights Reserved)
Vols Finally Win in Rupp:
6th ranked Kentucky lost to Tennessee for the 1st time in Rupp Arena since 1979, by a 47-46 margin, in a game televised by ESPN.
The Cats got the opening tip, and breezed to an early 8-2 lead in a slow moving contest. Tennessee caught up after a slow start (making only 1 of their initial 9 FGs), but their early rebounding capability was evidence as they had 5 shot attempts in their initial possession. They brought it to 10-7 at the 1st TV timeout, and after a Hathaway layup and Victor putback, they actually led 11-10. Another Victor layup made it 13-10, and the Wildcats appeared rather lethargic and determined to score 1-on-1 rather than by team play. Scott Padgett hardly touched the ball early on. UK went back on top 14-13 after a Magloire drive and dunk and a Bradley tipin of an Evans fastbreak miss. But a Black unguarded 3 made it 16-14 UT. Turner tied it on a 16 footer, but then Wharton hit a long 2 after Evans fell down, leaving him wide open. Magloire made a single FT to close to within 18-17, but Wharton hit a 3 and it was 21-17 Tennessee. Bradley scored a layup on a break, but then Black made a layup for a 23-19 Vol edge. Tony Harris drove for a layup and a 25-19 lead in the half's waning minutes. Turner had a shot goaltended, after Padgett had a weak shot blocked into the backcourt. UK had the ball in the final seconds, but used very poor time management, and didn't get off a shot. It was 25-21 at intermission. The Cats had missed all 6 3 pt tries in the opening half, making only 1 shot outside the paint. Tennessee made only 6 of their initial 30 FG attempts.
Evans and Bradley scored early for the Cats, but Tony Harris made a tough 3 and it was 28-24 Vols. A pair of Padgett FTs cut it to 28-26, but Tony Harris was fouled while attempting a 3, and made all his FTs. A Yarbrough putback of a Harris miss made it 33-26 UT, before Padgett and Camara made baskets to cut the margin to 33-30. UK even tied the game at 35-35 on the strength of a long Smith 3 and a tough Turner layup. But Tennessee never panicked, and Green made a 3 to again give UT the lead. Turner hit a bank shot, and Kentucky even went up briefly at 39-38 after some Evans FTs. But Harris nailed a 3, and after Turner made a FT pair, Wharton was wide open for a 3 and a 44-41 UT lead. Maglorie made a long bank shot (probably not intended) as the shot clock wore down, and Padgett hit a big 3 with 1:42 remaining for a 46-44 Kentucky edge. However, Wharton again had a wide open 3, and UK could not score in the final minute. The Cats had the ball with 9.2 seconds remaining, but Turner didn't seem to realize how much time was left, and he had a horrible drive against bigger defenders and missed. Bradley attempted a putback but could not get solid control of the ball, and the Vols had a 47-46 upset in Lexington.
Tennessee became the 1st team this season to outrebound the Wildcats in a game (45-36). Their 30.4% FG shooting was the worst of the season. Kentucky's 21 1st half pts matched its season low. The Vols are now 10-0 in games where they lead at intermission. UK's 46 pts were its lowest since it managed to lose to LSU 76-41 during the 1986-87 season in Rupp Arena. Tennessee had not won in Rupp Arena since January 1979, a series of 20 straight Wildcat victories at home (which includes 1 SEC Tournament game), and had not defeated the Cats in any game since February 1993. Scott Padgett entered the 1000 pt club in this contest, with a total of 1005 in the 45 member group (Padgett's total places him in 44th place, just behind Jimmy Dan Conner with 1009 and ahead of Bobby Watson with 1001). Vincent Yarbrough's 12 rebounds were an individual high for a Kentucky opponent this season. Volunteer radio announcer John Ward called his final game in Rupp Arena before his retirement at the end of the season.