Centre College–Kentucky rivalry

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A historic rival in both basketball and football, Kentucky and nearby Centre College always played fiercely against each other. Centre with Transylvania and Georgetown College, Centre rounded off Kentucky's major rivalries before Rupp and long before Louisville or Indiana.

Football[edit]

Centre College–Kentucky rivalry
Sport Football
First meeting December 19, 1891
Centre 6, Kentucky 0
Latest meeting October 26, 1929
Kentucky 33, Centre 0
Statistics
Meetings total 35
All-time series Centre, 21–12–2
Largest victory Kentucky, 81–0 (1904)
Longest win streak Centre, 7 (1917–1924)
Current win streak Kentucky, 3 (1927–1929)

Football series[edit]

Game in 1918 cancelled due to flu epidemic. Kentucky is known as Kentucky State College before 1913. Centre merges with Central in 1901.

Kentucky victories Centre victories Tie games
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 1891-12-19 Lexington, KY Centre 6–0
2 1893-10-28 Danville, KY Centre 6–4
3 1894-11-17 Centre 67–0
4 1895-10-19 Kentucky State College 6–0
5 1895-11-28 Centre 16–0
6 1896-10-31 Centre 32–0
7 1896-11-14 Centre 44–0
8 1897-11-25 Centre 36–0
9 1898-11-5 Kentucky State College 6–0
10 1899-10-21 Tie 11–11
11 1900-10-13 Centre 5–0
12 1901-11-16 Centre 5–0
13 1902-11-1 Centre 15–0
14 1904-10-12 Kentucky State College 40–0
15 1904-11-19 Kentucky State College 81–0
16 1905-11-25 Tie 11–11
17 1906-11-29 Centre 12–6
18 1907-11-28 Kentucky State College 11–0
No. Date Location Winner Score
19 1908-11-26 Kentucky State College 40–0
20 1909-11-25 Kentucky State College 15–6
21 1910-11-24 Centre 12–6
22 1911-11-23 Kentucky State College 8–5
23 1916-10-7 Kentucky 68–0
24 1917-11-3 Centre 3–0
25 1919-11-15 Centre 56–0
26 1920-11-13 Centre 49–0
27 1921-11-5 Centre 55–0
28 1922-11-4 Centre 27–3
29 1923-11-3 Centre 10–0
30 1924-11-1 Centre 7–0
31 1925-10-31 Kentucky 16–0
32 1926-11-20 Centre 7–0
33 1927-11-19 Kentucky 53–0
34 1928-10-27 Kentucky 8–0
35 1929-10-26 Kentucky 33–0
Series: Centre leads 20–13–2

Basketball[edit]

Starting in 1906, Kentucky won the first three games but only before Centre College did the same, tying the series at 3, for the next three games Kentucky and Centre traded wins and the series lead, until Centre went on a five-game winning streak to break the tie.

The series was put on hold in 1910 and resumed in 1912 with Kentucky winning both games that year, the series was again put on hold for the 1913 and 1914 seasons. The next year the two met in Danville, with the result being the same, Kentucky blowing out Centre 38–5. Kentucky would win the next three games and extend their win streak to five, tying Centre's longest streak, the streak was snapped at five when Centre beat Kentucky twice in the next three games.

Starting in 1918 it was Centre's turn to dominate once again, the Colonels would rally of six straight wins over the Wildcats, once again taking the series lead over Kentucky. Kentucky would bounce back and win three straight games, but Centre responded by winning the following two, these two wins would be Centre's last against Kentucky.

Going into the '20s Kentucky held a losing record of 15–11 to their rival. Kentucky however was shedding its label as a struggling program under Coach Buncheit and later Coach Mauer. Kentucky would defeat Centre in every game after 1924, carrying their win streak to a total of 11 by the end of the series in 1930, the same year Coach Rupp would take the coaching job after John Mauer.

Kentucky-Centre College Rivalry
Men's basketball regular season history
First meeting January 6, 1906
First result Kentucky State College (Kentucky) 15 – Central University (Centre College) 14
Latest meeting February 13, 1929
Latest result Kentucky 47 – Centre College 11
Next meeting November 3, 2017 (Exhibition game at Rupp Arena)
Total number of meetings 35
Largest victory Kentucky: 42 points (1912), Centre College: 70 points (1910)
Current streak Kentucky 11
All-time series Kentucky leads 25–19
Men's basketball post-season history
Last meeting Never
Last result Never
All-time post-season series Kentucky 0 – Centre College 0

Basketball series[edit]

Kentucky victories Centre victories Tie games
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 1906-01-19 Lexington, KY Kentucky State College 15–14
2 1906-01-26 Danville, KY Kentucky State College 17–15
3 1907-01-25 Lexington, KY Kentucky State College 22–9
4 1907-02-12 Danville, KY Central University 25–23OT
5 1907-03-09 Lexington, KY Central University 15–13
6 1908-01-25 Danville, KY Central University 32–21
7 1908-02-13 Lexington, KY Kentucky State College 31–20
8 1908-03-07 Danville, KY Central University 29–10
9 1909-01-27 Lexington, KY Kentucky State College 24–23
10 1909-02-06 Danville, KY Central University 35–20
11 1909-02-26 Lexington, KY Central University 26–20
12 1910-01-28 Danville, KY Central University 87–17
13 1910-03-05 Lexington, KY Central University 31–13
14 1910-03-11 Danville, KY Central University 51–9
15 1912-01-12 Danville, KY Kentucky State College 32–13
16 1912-02-01 Lexington, KY Kentucky State College 52–10
17 1916-02-15 Danville, KY Kentucky 38–5
18 1916-02-29 Lexington, KY Kentucky 38–14
19 1917-01-17 Lexington, KY Kentucky 31–21
20 1917-02-16 Danville, KY Centre College 28–24
21 1918-01-17 Danville, KY Centre College 29–21
22 1918-02-21 Lexington, KY Kentucky 22–203 OT
23 1918-03-09 Louisville, KY Centre College 24–12
No. Date Location Winner Score
24 1919-01-25 Danville, KY Centre College 38–30
25 1919-02-24 Lexington, KY Centre College 21–10
26 1920-02-14 Danville, KY Centre College 44–15
27 1920-03-06 Lexington, KY Centre College 20–18OT
28 1921-02-08 Danville, KY Centre College 29–27
29 1921-02-18 Lexington, KY Kentucky 20–13
30 1922-02-04 Danville, KY Kentucky 28–21
31 1922-02-20 Lexington, KY Kentucky 40–23
32 1923-01-27 Lexington, KY Centre College 21–14
33 1923-02-14 Danville, KY Centre College 17–10
34 1924-02-09 Danville, KY Kentucky 27–18
35 1924-02-21 Lexington, KY Kentucky 38–24
36 1925-01-17 Lexington, KY Kentucky 33–26
37 1925-02-21 Lexington, KY Kentucky 39–10
38 1926-01-22 Lexington, KY Kentucky 45–25
39 1926-02-04 Danville, KY Kentucky 46–19
40 1927-01-29 Lexington, KY Kentucky 27–25
41 1927-02-12 Danville, KY Kentucky 22–16
42 1928-01-09 Danville, KY Kentucky 36–23
43 1928-02-18 Lexington, KY Kentucky 30–20
44 1929-02-13 Lexington, KY Kentucky 47–11
Series: Kentucky leads 25–19

References[edit]

http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/rivalCentreCollege.html http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Statistics/CentreCollege.html