Baylor will be battling against a strong historic precedent in today’s Elite Eight matchup against Kentucky in Atlanta. The Bears, the No. 3 seed in the South Regional, are 0-6 all-time in meetings against the Wildcats, the top seed in the region and the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
In the schools’ six meetings, which includes a 58-42 Kentucky victory in the 1948 NCAA championship game, the Bears have yet to finish with anything better than a double-digit loss. In fact, the 16-point decision in the 1948 title game remains the closest encounter between the schools.
A breakdown of dates, scores and game locations:
Dec. 23, 1946 – Kentucky wins, 72-34, in Lexington, Ky.
March 23, 1948 – Kentucky wins, 58-42, in New York (NCAA title game)
March 30, 1948 – Kentucky wins, 77-59, in New York (U.S. Olympic Trials)
Dec. 16, 1961 – Kentucky wins, 94-60, in Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 14, 1963 – Kentucky wins, 101-65, in Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 8, 1979 – Kentucky wins, 80-46, in Lexington, Ky.
_ Jimmy Burch