It’s finals week at the University of Kentucky, which means that not only are the students suffering through exams, but us fans are suffering through one of the slower weeks of the basketball season, as well. Unfortunately, while the Cats will return to the hardwood on Saturday, the opponent – the Mississippi Valley State Fighting Jerry Rices – doesn’t exactly offer the stiffest of tests for Kentucky.
Saturday will mark the 3rd all-time meeting between the two schools, with the Cats having coasted to victories in both previous outings in 2006 and 2008. So, rather than bore you with lots of details about the history of the Delta Devils, we’ll instead take a trip down memory lane to one of the more memorable games in recent Kentucky basketball history.
Six years ago on Saturday – 12/18/2004 – the Cats pulled off one of the more remarkable comebacks in storied program history, rallying from a miserable first half that saw them head to the locker room trailing their most hated rivals 32-16. Yet, Kentucky bounced back in the second half behind the unbelievably stellar play of Patrick Sparks, who tallied 25 second half points – three of which will haunt the then-record setting Freedom Hall crowd for a long, long time.
So sit back and enjoy. And if Saturday’s game against the Delta Devils gets a little bit boring, feel free to replay this clip from six years ago to keep your juices flowing.