Top 10 Performances in Kentucky vs Indiana Rivalry

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With Kentucky’s looming Sweet 16 matchup with the Loosiers and a sweet, sweet chance at revenge, we’ve decided to compile this list of the Top 10 performances in the Kentucky vs. Indiana rivalry over the last 10 years. Over the years I have had the luxury of watching many of the UK vs. IU games live, whether it be at Freedom Hall or the RCA Dome, god rest it’s soul, so I know what I’m talking about. You should read my list, adore it, love it, re-read it, share it, read it again, list it, tweet it, read it once more, and then read it again…enjoy.

10. KEITH BOGANS – (2002) KENTUCKY 70 – INDIANA 64
This was the game that brought us the infamous Mike Davis is crazy moment, where he rushed onto the court like a bat out of hell and cost his team a chance to win the game. UK went on to win the game 70-64, and NBAcat Keith Bogans was a major reason why. Bogans finished the game with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. He didn’t really shoot that well, and frankly, Bogans probably shouldn’t be on this list, but I needed an NBAcat player from this game so I could show you the video of Mike Davis acting like my 4 year old nephew.

9. JOSH HARRELSON (2008) KENTUCKY 72 – INDIANA 54
In the second year of the Gillespie regime, Kentucky fans got a glimpse of the future that would become “Jorts” mania, as Josh Harrellson played the first significant minutes of his UK career. Harrellson came of the bench during the game and helped power Kentucky to the win, finishing the game with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist. For reasons only Billy Gillespie knows, this was the only game during the 2008-2009 season that Jorts really got a chance to play. Texas Tech sucks.

8. SHAGARI ALLEYNE (2004) KENTUCKY 73 – INDIANA 58
Shagari Alleyne at #8 might make many of you think, this guy is an idiot, but I was at this game and Alleyne looked like the second-coming of Minute Bol, absolutely shutting D.J. White down in the paint. Alleyne held White to just 8 points on 3-9 shooting, blocking 4 of his shots, and altering countless others. In addition to his stellar defense, Alleyne also added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. He’s one of those players for me that I wanted so desperately to be great, but unfortunately, Alleyne didn’t have many games like this one. Regardless, he remains the greatest 7’3 player to ever play at the University of Kentucky.

7. RAJON RONDO (2005) KENTUCKY 53 – INDIANA 79
If I didn’t hate losing so much Rondo’s performance against Indiana in 2005 would probably be a little higher on this list, but they lost, so he will have to settle in at #7. Rondo finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the game (the best rebounding guard I’ve ever seen). I really don’t want to talk about this game any more, so here’s a Rondo fun fact: Rajon Rondo never recorded 10 or more assists in a game during his 2 year career.

6. DEANDRE LIGGINS (2010) KENTUCKY 81 – INDIANA 62
DeAndre Liggins had one of the more down-then-UP careers of any player I can remember. His first year he didn’t play all that much (Michael Porter started over him) or all that well and many fans thought he would transfer at the end of the year. Enter Calipari, a long mysterious suspension, and WALAAH, an NBAcat was born. His game against Indiana in 2010 was one of the first glimpses of his NBA potential as he dropped 19 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 2 steals and 1 assist. Apparently the Orlando Magic were paying attention.

5. MARK COURY (2007) KENTUCKY 51 – INDIANA 70
He started and scored 2 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. I just threw up in my mouth.

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4. PATRICK PATTERSON (2009) KENTUCKY 90 – INDIANA 73
One of the all-time greats in Kentucky Basketball history, Patrick Patterson, turned in a monster performance against Indiana back in 2009. Patterson (along with Bledsoe) carried Kentucky to the win, finishing the game with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 1 assist. Patterson is one of those players you wish could stay at Kentucky forever. He needs to have his jersey retired as far as I’m concerned.

3. RANDOLPH MORRIS (2006) KENTUCKY 59 – INDIANA 54
Randolph Morris had one of the best games of his career back in 2006 when he put Kentucky on his back and led them to the victory over Indiana, adding 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and 1 assist. This was one of the few times Morris showed UK fans what his lofty recruiting rankings claimed he could do, as he never really developed into what I thought he could. Despite all of that, he was the man that night, and without him we would have lost the game.

2. ERIC BLEDSOE (2009) KENTUCKY 90 – INDIANA 73
This was the same game that Patterson recorded the 4th best performance in the Kentucky vs. Indiana rivalry, but there are no rules against reusing games on this list, thus, Eric Bledsoe checks in at #2. Bledsoe was fantastic in this game, scoring 23 points and recording 1 of everything else, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal and 1 block. This was really one of the first games that Eric Bledsoe showed that he had NBA-ready talent and that he could be just as amazing as John Wall in his own way. This might be a little high on the list for some of you, but I just love Mustard.

1. CHUCK HAYES & ERIK DANIELS (2003) KENTUCKY 80 – INDIANA 41
This game was the biggest UK blowout of Indiana I have seen during my lifetime. We didn’t just beat them, we annihialated them. Two of the major reasons why were Chuck Hayes and Erik Daniels, and since I decided to include Mark Coury on this list, together they occupy the #1 spot. Chuck scored a career-high 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 3 assists and blocked 1 shot in the game. Erik added 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 steals and 1 assist. Those two were two of the best passing big man to ever come through Kentucky and the chemistry they had together on the court was truly something special to watch.

Congratulations to Chuck Hayes and Erik Daniels for earning the top spot on this list!!

I am so ready to beat Indiana…teeth test!

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