Kentucky pulls off historic football-basketball feat with latest win over Tennessee
John Calipari’s Kentucky basketball team is beginning to turn a corner after the Wildcats on Saturday matched a season high with their third straight win, as they knocked off No. 19 Tennessee 70-55.
While basketball wins over the Vols are far more routine than football, the combination of Mark Stoops’ program beating Tennessee in Knoxville for the first time since 1984 last fall, and two basketball wins are something of a historic nature. In basketball, UK earlier beat Tennessee 82-71, while the football win for UK was 34-7.
“This is the first time ever that Kentucky has defeated Tennessee in Knoxville by at least 15 points in both football and men’s basketball in the same academic year,” Corey Price of UK Athletics PR & Communications noted.
After the game, Calipari said this kind of performance is what he’s looked for from the Cats.
“(Tennessee) is a top 20 teaam, top 15 team, have a chance to get to the Final 4 and we did it. Now we keep building,” he said. “… They weren’t at their best, I know they are better than played. But we were at at our best.”
Isaiah Jackson scored 16 points, while Davion Mintz hit all five of his 3-point shots in the first half and finished with 15 points. Keion Brooks Jr. had 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points for the Cats.