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Numerous UMass connections with Kentucky basketball:

  • From 1989-97, Kentucky was coached by Rick Pitino, who played for Massachusetts and coach Jack Leaman. As UK head coach, Pitino was 4-1 against his alma mater.
  • Kentucky's roster featured Travis Ford from 1991-94. Ford went on to become a college coach, including a tenure at UMass from 2005-08. As UMass head coach, Ford was 0-1 against his alma mater.
  • Ford hired former UK teammate Rodrick Rhodes as an assistant on his staff at UMass.1) Rhodes scored 9 points in a UK/UMass game in 1994.
  • John Calipari, UMass coaching legend, coached at Kentucky later in his career. As UMass head coach, Calipari was 1-4 against his future employer.

UK/UMass series from

Game History

DateGame ResultsSiteUM CoachGame NotesConferenceHead CoachNickname
12/4/1991L 90-69AwayJohn Calipari At Rupp Arena. Kentucky ranked 14th. UM travels 17 hours and can't keep up with the Wildcats. Jamal Mashburn 28 & 10 for UK.SECRick PitinoWildcats2)
3/26/1992L 87-77Neutral John CalipariNCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, at the Spectrum, Philadelphia PA. Seed: UK East 2, UMass East 3. Rankings: UMass #17, UK #6. McCoy hits 3/4 court shot at the halftime buzzer. UM trails by 2 with 6:17 left, then referee Lenny Wirtz hits Calipari with a technical foul, and UK goes on 9-2 run to pull away. Jamal Mashburn 30 points for UK. TV: CBSSECRick PitinoWildcats
2/6/1994L 67-64NeutralJohn CalipariKentucky #3, UMass #11. At Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford NJ.SECRick PitinoWildcats
11/28/1995W 92-82NeutralJohn CalipariKentucky #1, UMass #5. Great Eight Tournament, at The Palace of Auburn Hills, MI.SECRick PitinoWildcats
3/30/1996L 81-74Neutral John Calipari NCAA Tournament National Semi-Final. At Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford NJ. Rankings: UMass #1, Kentucky #2. Game videoSECRick PitinoWildcats
12/22/2006L 82-68AwayTravis Ford At Rupp Arena. Cats shoot lights out (59% FG, 64% 3-pt). Life 24 points, Harris 13.SECTubby SmithWildcats
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