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Kentucky won’t play at Tennessee this basketball season for first time since 1953

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee won’t have a home game against Kentucky for the first time in over six decades. Although the Southeastern Conference hasn’t released its complete 2013-14 schedule, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Tuesday that the Volunteers would face Kentucky only once and that it would be at Rupp Arena. Tennessee’s 247 Sports site first reported the news.

This will mark the first time since 1952-53 that Kentucky hasn’t played a regular-season game at Tennessee.

The two former SEC Eastern Division rivals aren’t guaranteed to play each other twice every season anymore because the conference no longer is divided into two divisions for basketball. Kentucky was one of the five conference opponents Tennessee played twice last season, but that won’t be the case this year.

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  1. Little Baron

    I was looking forward to pouring it on in Knoxville this year, after the thrashing we took last year, in our 1st game without Noel. Oh, we’ll… guess we’ll have to settle for a 50 pt blowout in Rupp Arena.

    Remember when Mashburn, Ford & Co WALLOPPED Tenn in the SEC tourney just a week or two after TN stole one from us in ’93 ? I went to Nashville to witness that robbery when TN was GIVEN a 4 pt play to beat us in the last seconds.

    Jared Pricket sent Alan Houston out in his last college game with a defensive effort for the books. Houston had something like 4 pts until the waning moments when he scored a couple more meaningless buckets. UK led 60-17 (or very close to that) at half time on the way to a 100-41 pulverizing of the orange!

    Awesome. Memories… AND visions of the future with this history-setting team ready to take the floor in a few months.

    1. larryvaught

      I hate no game in KNoxville as well. Think I have been to every UK game at UT since 1976

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