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History of Kentucky basketball on Friday the 13th

Drew Franklin05/13/11


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Friday the 13th is a day associated with bad luck and masked axe murderers, but it hasn’t really been all that bad for the University of Kentucky. With the exception of a few basketball losses, I’d say things have been pretty positive for UK on the day of ‘friggatriskaidekaphobia’ – that’s the fear of Friday the 13th. To prove to you it’s perfectly fine to leave the house today, I dusted off the ol’ KSR time machine and took it for a spin through Camp Crystal Lake and Lexington. Here are some UK moments on Friday the 13th


— Friday, August 13, 2010… Anthony Davis committed to Kentucky.

— Friday, November 13, 2009… Kentucky defeated Morehead State 75-59. Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points to begin his career at UK.

— Friday, March 13, 2009… Kentucky lost to LSU 67-58 in the SEC Tournament. The loss sealed UK’s fate in the NIT Tournament.

— Friday, April 13, 2007… Billy Gillispie made an in-home visit to some kid named Darius Miller in Maysville.

— Friday, October 13, 2006… Chants for Patrick Patterson flooded Rupp Arena at Tubby Smith’s last Big Blue Madness. Bobby Perry defeated Kyle Macy in a three-point contest. Woo dunked.

— Friday, March 13, 1998… #2 Kentucky defeated #15 South Carolina State 82-67 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. I think we all know how that tournament ended.

— Friday, September 13, 1996… Tupac Shakur was pronounced dead. It has nothing to do with Kentucky, but everything to do with life.

— Friday, March 13, 1992… Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 76-57 and begins a record 17-game SEC Tournament win streak.

— Friday, March 13, 1987… #8 Kentucky lost to #9 Ohio State  77-91 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The outcome would’ve been different had Brandon Knight not been -4 years old at the time.

— Friday, January 13, 1984… Kentucky lost to Auburn 63-82. Charles Barkley scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

— Friday, August 13, 1948… Kentucky defeated France 65-21. Yes, the country. Alex Groza led the way with 11 points.


See? There’s nothing to be afraid of.

Jason Vorhees “gets it.”

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