Kentucky–Tennessee rivalry

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Kentucky–Tennessee rivalry
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Originated 1893

The Kentucky–Tennessee rivalry is a college sports rivalry between the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The rivalry between these two Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools, located about 173 miles (278 km) apart, dates to their first college football game in 1893, and has continued across all sports, with the men's basketball series gaining particular attention in recent years.

The football rivalry was once a trophy game known as the Battle for the Barrel, with the victors keeping a painted wooden beer barrel, one half each painted in Vol orange the other in Wildcat blue, until the next contest. The barrel tradition was discontinued in 1998 following a fatal alcohol-related car crash involving two Kentucky football players.

Football[edit]

Basketball[edit]

In contrast to the football series, Kentucky has generally dominated the basketball rivalry. The two teams first played in 1910.[1] For the first couple decades the series was often back and forth, and the rivalry became particularly heated in the 1930s and 1940s, when the Volunteers were coached by John Mauer. Mauer had previously been the coach of Kentucky until he was let go and replaced by Adolph Rupp, adding additional bitterness to the rivalry. Under Meier, the Volunteers held their own against the ascendant Wildcats.[2]

One particularly notable game was the 1972 match-up at Tennessee. Kentucky had won the previous game by two points, but Ray Mears' Tennessee team surprised the league by achieving the best record to that point. If Tennessee won, they would be sole SEC Champions and receive the conference's bid for the NCAA Tournament; however, a Kentucky win meant a shared SEC title, with Kentucky receiving the tournament bid via tiebreaker.[3] Kentucky won the game 67-66 after a last minute missed Tennessee free throw, splitting the conference title and taking away Tennessee's hopes of a tournament bid.[4]

The rivalry has been among the biggest for both schools. To date Tennessee has more wins against Kentucky than any other team.[5]

Kentucky victories are colored ██ blue. Tennessee victories are colored ██ orange.

Year Tennessee Kentucky Location Series
1910 Tennessee 5 Kentucky 20 Lexington, Kentucky UK 0–1
1912 Tennessee 15 Kentucky 27 Lexington, Kentucky UK 0–2
1914 Tennessee 14 Kentucky 20 Lexington, Kentucky UK 0–3
1914 Tennessee 18 Kentucky 20 Lexington, Kentucky UK 0–4
1915 Tennessee 35 Kentucky 20 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 1–4
1915 Tennessee 22 Kentucky 17 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 2–4
1915 Tennessee 13 Kentucky 22 Lexington, Kentucky UK 2–5
1915 Tennessee 18 Kentucky 20 Lexington, Kentucky UK 2–6
1916 Tennessee 28 Kentucky 17 Lexington, Kentucky UK 3–6
1917 Tennessee 23 Kentucky 20 Lexington, Kentucky UK 4–6
1917 Tennessee 22 Kentucky 19 Lexington, Kentucky UK 5–6
1917 Tennessee 27 Kentucky 25 Knoxville, Tennessee 6–6
1917 Tennessee 30 Kentucky 10 Lexington, Kentucky UT 7–6
1918 Tennessee 26 Kentucky 33 Lexington, Kentucky 7–7
1918 Tennessee 12 Kentucky 40 Lexington, Kentucky UK 7–8
1918 Tennessee 29 Kentucky 18 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 7–9
1918 Tennessee 20 Kentucky 32 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 7–10
1919 Tennessee 40 Kentucky 22 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 8–10
1919 Tennessee 13 Kentucky 30 Lexington, Kentucky UK 8–11
1920 Tennessee 29 Kentucky 24 Lexington, Kentucky UK 9–11
1920 Tennessee 27 Kentucky 26 Lexington, Kentucky UK 10–11
1920 Tennessee 28 Kentucky 25 Knoxville, Tennessee 11–11
1920 Tennessee 26 Kentucky 34 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 11–12
1923 Tennessee 30 Kentucky 26 Knoxville, Tennessee 12–12
1923 Tennessee 28 Kentucky 23 Lexington, Kentucky UT 13–12
1924 Tennessee 20 Kentucky 13 Knoxville, Tennessee UT 14–12
1925 Tennessee 22 Kentucky 35 Knoxville, Tennessee UT 14–13
1925 Tennessee 21 Kentucky 26 Lexington, Kentucky 14–14
1926 Tennessee 17 Kentucky 55 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 14–15
1926 Tennessee 21 Kentucky 27 Lexington, Kentucky UK 14–16
1927 Tennessee 19 Kentucky 14 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 15–16
1927 Tennessee 30 Kentucky 21 Lexington, Kentucky 16–16
1928 Tennessee 18 Kentucky 48 Lexington, Kentucky UK 16–17
1928 Tennessee 16 Kentucky 43 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 16–18
1929 Tennessee 29 Kentucky 35 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 16–19
1929 Tennessee 22 Kentucky 27 Lexington, Kentucky UK 16–20
1930 Tennessee 20 Kentucky 23 Lexington, Kentucky UK 16–21
1930 Tennessee 29 Kentucky 24 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 17–21
1931 Tennessee 23 Kentucky 31 Lexington, Kentucky UK 17–22
1931 Tennessee 36 Kentucky 39 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 17–23
1932 Tennessee 28 Kentucky 29 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 17–24
1932 Tennessee 27 Kentucky 41 Lexington, Kentucky UK 17–25
1933 Tennessee 21 Kentucky 42 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 17–26
1933 Tennessee 23 Kentucky 44 Lexington, Kentucky UK 17–27
1934 Tennessee 23 Kentucky 44 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 17–28
1934 Tennessee 26 Kentucky 53 Lexington, Kentucky UK 17–29
1935 Tennessee 21 Kentucky 48 Lexington, Kentucky UK 17–30
1935 Tennessee 34 Kentucky 36 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 17–31
1936 Tennessee 31 Kentucky 40 Lexington, Kentucky UK 17–32
1936 Tennessee 39 Kentucky 28 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 18–32
1936 Tennessee 39 Kentucky 28 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 18–32
1937 Tennessee 26 Kentucky 43 Lexington, Kentucky UK 19–33
1937 Tennessee 26 Kentucky 24 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 20–33
1937 Tennessee 25 Kentucky 39 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 20–34
1938 Tennessee 27 Kentucky 52 Lexington, Kentucky UK 20–36
1938 Tennessee 26 Kentucky 29 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 20–37
1939 Tennessee 30 Kentucky 29 Lexington, Kentucky UK 21–37
1939 Tennessee 34 Kentucky 2 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 21–38
1939 Tennessee 38 Kentucky 46 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 21–39
1940 Tennessee 26 Kentucky 35 Lexington, Kentucky UK 21–40
1940 Tennessee 27' Kentucky 23 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 22–40
1940 Tennessee 29 Kentucky 30 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 22–41
1941 Tennessee 32 Kentucky 22 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 23–41
1941 Tennessee 28 Kentucky 37 Lexington, Kentucky UK 23–42
1941 Tennessee 36 Kentucky 34 Louisville, Kentucky UK 24–42
1942 Tennessee 46 Kentucky 40 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 25–42
1942 Tennessee 33 Kentucky 36 Lexington, Kentucky UK 25–43
1943 Tennessee 28 Kentucky 30 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 25–44
1943 Tennessee 29 Kentucky 53 Lexington, Kentucky UK 25–45
1943 Tennessee 33 Kentucky 30 Louisville, Kentucky UK 26–45
1945 Tennessee 35 Kentucky 34 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 27–45
1945 Tennessee 34 Kentucky 40 Lexington, Kentucky UK 27–46
1945 Tennessee 35 Kentucky 39 Louisville, Kentucky UK 27–47
1946 Tennessee 32 Kentucky 50 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 27–48
1946 Tennessee 34 Kentucky 54 Lexington, Kentucky UK 27–49
1947 Tennessee 39 Kentucky 54 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 27–50
1947 Tennessee 46 Kentucky 61 Lexington, Kentucky UK 27–51
1948 Tennessee 54 Kentucky 65 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 27–50
1948 Tennessee 42 Kentucky 69 Lexington, Kentucky UK 27–51
1948 Tennessee 47 Kentucky 70 Louisville, Kentucky UK 27–52
1949 Tennessee 51 Kentucky 66 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 27–53
1949 Tennessee 56 #1 Kentucky 71 Lexington, Kentucky UK 27–54
1949 Tennessee 44 #1 Kentucky 83 Louisville, Kentucky UK 27–55
1950 Tennessee 66 #2 Kentucky 53 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–55
1950 Tennessee 52 #7 Kentucky 79 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–56
1950 Tennessee 48 #4 Kentucky 95 Louisville, Kentucky UK 28–57
1951 Tennessee 45 #2 Kentucky 70 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–58
1951 Tennessee 61 #1 Kentucky 86 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–59
1952 Tennessee 56 #3 Kentucky 65 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–60
1952 Tennessee 56 #1 Kentucky 71 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–61
1952 Tennessee 66 #1 Kentucky 81 Louisville, Kentucky UK 28–62
1954 Tennessee 71 #1 Kentucky 97 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–63
1954 Tennessee 63 #2 Kentucky 90 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–64
1955 Tennessee 66 #1 Kentucky 84 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–65
1955 Tennessee 61 #2 Kentucky 104 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–66
1956 Tennessee 68 #4 Kentucky 95 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–67
1956 Tennessee 71 #12 Kentucky 101 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–68
1957 Tennessee 72 #4 Kentucky 97 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–69
1957 Tennessee 75 #3 Kentucky 91 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–70
1958 #13 Tennessee 66 #9 Kentucky 77 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–71
1958 Tennessee 66 #12 Kentucky 77 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–72
1959 Tennessee 58 #2 Kentucky 79 Lexington, Kentucky UK 28–73
1959 Tennessee 56 #1 Kentucky 69 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–74
1960 Tennessee 68 #17 Kentucky 78 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 28–75
1960 Tennessee 65 Kentucky 63 Lexington, Kentucky UK 29–75
1961 Tennessee 54 Kentucky 83 Lexington, Kentucky UK 29–76
1961 Tennessee 61 Kentucky 68 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 29–77
1961 Tennessee 69 Kentucky 96 Lexington, Kentucky UK 29–78
1962 Tennessee 95 #3 Kentucky 82 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 29–77
1962 Tennessee 59 #4 Kentucky 90 Lexington, Kentucky UK 29–78
1963 Tennessee 78 Kentucky 69 Lexington, Kentucky UK 30–78
1963 Tennessee 63 Kentucky 55 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 31–78
1964 Tennessee 66 #4 Kentucky 57 Lexington, Kentucky UK 31–79
1964 Tennessee 38 #2 Kentucky 42 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 31–80
1965 Tennessee 77 Kentucky 58 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 32–81
1965 Tennessee 60 Kentucky 62 Lexington, Kentucky UK 32–82
1966 Tennessee 64 #1 Kentucky 78 Lexington, Kentucky UK 32–83
1966 Tennessee 69 #1 Kentucky 62 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 33–83
1967 Tennessee 52 Kentucky 50 Lexington, Kentucky UK 34–83
1967 Tennessee 76 Kentucky 57 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 35–83
1968 #4 Tennessee 76 #8 Kentucky 57 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 36–83
1968 #5 Tennessee 59 #8 Kentucky 60 Lexington, Kentucky UK 36–84
1969 Tennessee 66 #5 Kentucky 69 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 36–85
1969 Tennessee 69 #7 Kentucky 84 Lexington, Kentucky UK 36–86
1970 Tennessee 52 #2 Kentucky 68 Lexington, Kentucky UK 36–87
1970 Tennessee 69 #2 Kentucky 86 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 36–88
1971 #18 Tennessee 75 # 10 Kentucky 71 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 37–88
1971 #14 Tennessee 78 #8 Kentucky 84 Lexington, Kentucky UK 37–89
1972 #19 Tennessee 70 Kentucky 72 Lexington, Kentucky UK 37–90
1972 Tennessee 66 Kentucky 67 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 37–91
1973 Tennessee 65 Kentucky 64 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 38–91
1973 Tennessee 81 #19 Kentucky 86 Lexington, Kentucky UK 38–92
1974 Tennessee 67 Kentucky 57 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 39–92
1974 #18 Tennessee 61 #7 Kentucky 78 Lexington, Kentucky UK 39–93
1975 #18 Tennessee 88 #7 Kentucky 92 Lexington, Kentucky UK 39–93
1975 Tennessee 103 #4 Kentucky 98 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 40–93
1976 #9 Tennessee 90 Kentucky 88 Lexington, Kentucky UK 41–93
1976 #8 Tennessee 92 Kentucky 85 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 42–93
1977 Tennessee 71 #2 Kentucky 67 Lexington, Kentucky UK 43–93
1977 #11 Tennessee 81 #2 Kentucky 79 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 44–93
1978 Tennessee 77 #3 Kentucky 90 Lexington, Kentucky UK 44–94
1978 Tennessee 57 #2 Kentucky 68 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 44–95
1979 Tennessee 66 Kentucky 55 Lexington, Kentucky UK 45–95
1979 Tennessee 101 Kentucky 81 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 46–95
1979 Tennessee 75 Kentucky 69 Birmingham, Alabama UK 47–95
1980 Tennessee 49 #2 Kentucky 47 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 48–95
1980 Tennessee 75 #3 Kentucky 83 Lexington, Kentucky UK 48–96
1981 #13 Tennessee 47 #4 Kentucky 48 Lexington, Kentucky UK 48–97
1981 #10 Tennessee 49 #6 Kentucky 47 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 49–97
1982 Tennessee 70 #3 Kentucky 66 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 50–97
1982 #16 Tennessee 67 #9 Kentucky 77 Lexington, Kentucky UK 50–98
1983 Tennessee 65 #10 Kentucky 63 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 51–98
1983 #20 Tennessee 61 #10 Kentucky 68 Lexington, Kentucky UK 51–99
1984 Tennessee 74 #3 Kentucky 93 Lexington, Kentucky UK 51–100
1984 Tennessee 63 #4 Kentucky 58 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 52–100
1985 Tennessee 81 Kentucky 65 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 53–100
1985 Tennessee 67 Kentucky 92 Lexington, Kentucky UK 53–101
1986 Tennessee 67 #11 Kentucky 74 Lexington, Kentucky UK 53–102
1986 Tennessee 60 #5 Kentucky 62 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 53–103
1987 Tennessee 68 #9 Kentucky 75 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 54–103
1987 Tennessee 84 Kentucky 91 Lexington, Kentucky UK 54–104
1988 Tennessee 65 #5 Kentucky 83 Lexington, Kentucky UK 54–105
1988 Tennessee 72 #9 Kentucky 70 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 55–105
1989 #18 Tennessee 65 Kentucky 66 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 55–106
1989 Tennessee 71 Kentucky 76 Lexington, Kentucky UK 55–107
1990 Tennessee 83 Kentucky 95 Lexington, Kentucky UK 55–108
1990 Tennessee 102 Kentucky 100 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 56–108
1991 Tennessee 74 #11 Kentucky 78 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 56–109
1991 Tennessee 74 #16 Kentucky 85 Lexington, Kentucky UK 56–110
1992 Tennessee 107 #8 Kentucky 85 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 57–110
1992 Tennessee 88 #10 Kentucky 99 Lexington, Kentucky UK 57–111
1993 Tennessee 70 #2 Kentucky 84 Lexington, Kentucky UK 57–112
1993 Tennessee 78 #2 Kentucky 77 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 58–112
1993 Tennessee 40 #4 Kentucky 101 Lexington, Kentucky UK 58–113
1994 Tennessee 74 #8 Kentucky 93 Lexington, Kentucky UK 58–114
1994 Tennessee 73 #7 Kentucky 77 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 58–115
1995 Tennessee 50 #5 Kentucky 69 Lexington, Kentucky UK 58–116
1995 Tennessee 48 #6 Kentucky 68 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 58–117
1996 Tennessee 44 #2 Kentucky 61 Lexington, Kentucky UK 58–118
1996 Tennessee 50 #2 Kentucky 90 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 58–119
1997 Tennessee 40 #3 Kentucky 74 Lexington, Kentucky UK 58–120
1997 Tennessee 64 #3 Kentucky 74 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 58–121
1998 Tennessee 67 #7 Kentucky 85 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 58–122
1998 Tennessee 74 #7 Kentucky 80 Lexington, Kentucky UK 58–123
1999 Tennessee 47 #6 Kentucky 46 Lexington, Kentucky UK 59–123
1999 Tennessee 68 #13 Kentucky 61 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 60–123
2000 #6 Tennessee 68 #14 Kentucky 81 Lexington, Kentucky UK 60–124
2000 #7 Tennessee 74 #18 Kentucky 67 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 61–124
2001 #4 Tennessee 74 Kentucky 84 Lexington, Kentucky UK 61–125
2001 #15 Tennessee 95 #22 Kentucky 103 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 61–126
2002 Tennessee 76 #7 Kentucky 74 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 62–126
2002 Tennessee 61 #12 Kentucky 64 Lexington, Kentucky UK 62–127
2003 Tennessee 71 #18 Kentucky 74 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 62–128
2003 Tennessee 68 #2 Kentucky 80 Lexington, Kentucky UK 62–129
2004 Tennessee 68 #9 Kentucky 69 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 62–130
2004 Tennessee 60 #9 Kentucky 92 Lexington, Kentucky UK 62–131
2005 Tennessee 62 #7 Kentucky 84 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 62–132
2005 Tennessee 61 #4 Kentucky 73 Lexington, Kentucky UK 62–133
2005 Tennessee 62 #3 Kentucky 76 Atlanta, Georgia UK 62–134
2006 #11 Tennessee 75 Kentucky 67 Lexington, Kentucky UK 63–134
2006 #11 Tennessee 78 Kentucky 80 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 63–135
2007 Tennessee 57 Kentucky 76 Lexington, Kentucky UK 63–136
2007 Tennessee 89 #20 Kentucky 85 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 64–136
2008 #3 Tennessee 66 Kentucky 72 Lexington, Kentucky UK 64–137
2008 #1 Tennessee 63 Kentucky 60 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 65–137
2009 #24 Tennessee 72 Kentucky 90 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 65–138
2009 Tennessee 58 Kentucky 77 Lexington, Kentucky UK 65–139
2010 #12 Tennessee 62 #3 Kentucky 73 Lexington, Kentucky UK 65–140
2010 #19 Tennessee 74 #2 Kentucky 65 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 66–140
2010 #15 Tennessee 45 #2 Kentucky 74 Nashville, Tennessee UK 66–141
2011 Tennessee 61 #18 Kentucky 73 Lexington, Kentucky UK 66–142
2011 Tennessee 58 #20 Kentucky 64 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 66–143
2012 Tennessee 62 #2 Kentucky 65 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 66–144
2012 Tennessee 44 #1 Kentucky 69 Lexington, Kentucky UK 66–145
2013 Tennessee 65 Kentucky 75 Lexington, Kentucky UK 66–146
2013 Tennessee 88 #25 Kentucky 58 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 67–147
2014 Tennessee 66 #13 Kentucky 74 Lexington, Kentucky UK 67–148
2015 Tennessee 48 #1 Kentucky 66 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 67–149
2016 Tennessee 84 #20 Kentucky 77 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 68–149
2016 Tennessee 70 #14 Kentucky 80 Lexington, Kentucky UK 68–150
2017 Tennessee 82 #4 Kentucky 80 Knoxville, Tennessee UK 69–150
2017 Tennessee 58 #13 Kentucky 83 Lexington, Kentucky UK 69–151

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trease, Danny (2002) Tales from the Kentucky Hardwood, p. 96. Sports Publishing. ISBN 1582613192.
  2. ^ Randy Moore (2005), Hoop Tales: Tennessee Volunteers Men's Basketball, pp. 13-16. Globe Pequot. ISBN 0762737026.
  3. ^ "Tonight in Knoxville: Vols Vs. 'Cats". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. March 8, 1972. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Wallace, Tom (2002) Kentucky Basketball Encyclopedia, p. 196. Sports Publishing. ISBN 1582615691.
  5. ^ ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game (2009), p. 437. Random House Digital. ISBN 0345513924.