- Friday, March 18 1994 -
NCAA Southeast Regional First Round (at St. Petersburg, FL)
Kentucky - 83 (Head Coach: Rick Pitino) - [Final Rank 7th by AP]
Tennessee State - 70 (Head Coach: Frankie Allen) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 25, Tennessee State 24
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 3 No. 29. (All Rights Reserved)
UK Tops a Team of Terrific Tigers:
Tennessee State gave the Wildcats all they wanted before finally succumbing 83-70 in 1st round NCAA action in St. Petersburg, Florida.
UK at times appeared more like the team which lost to South Carolina rather than the team which vanquished Arkansas and Florida. UK raced out to a 7 point lead, and eventually went up 15-5, but TSU came back to tie and even take the lead for brief periods in the first half with a strong inside game. TSU went up 20-17 after a 7 minute Kentucky scoring drought, which was the Tiger's largest lead of the day. UK shot only 29.6% from the floor during the first half. Ford and Delk were shut out in the first half, and Prickett managed only 3 free throws. Carlos Rogers made a number of blocks against Wildcat attempts inside. Kentucky led by only 1 at the half, and had to score a final basket even to achieve that (on a dunk by Riddick).
UK's defensive pressure in the second half increased, and after getting a number of Tiger players in foul trouble, the Wildcats surged into the lead. The Tigers didn't miss a single shot in the first 7 minutes of the second half, but they only attempted 3, and with 7 turnovers, UK built a 43-36 lead. Kentucky's 16-3 run a short while later established a 57-41 lead with about 10 minutes left, and UK cruised afterwards. TSU never got closer than 9 points after this.
Andre Riddick had a career game, scoring 22 points, many on his newly rejuvenated hook shot inside. He may have been spurred on by some comments made by Rogers earlier in the week about how Rogers would be dominating inside. Kentucky was outscored from 3 point distance (TSU went 9-24 versus only 4-14 for the Cats), but it didn't matter. Carlos Rogers earned a technical foul late in the second half when, frustrated by a Riddick hook, the center slammed the ball to the floor (it bounced pretty high). Rhodes immediately got in Rogers' face for this, prompting officials to separate the two. Rogers was constantly double or triple teamed down low. He didn't even try his first shot until the 11:30 mark in the first half, and didn't score a basket until 10:56 remained in the first half.
Guards Delk and Ford combined for only 6-18 shooting. It was the inside game which carried UK this day, primarily by Riddick and Rhodes. CBS cut away from the game coverage to show the finale of the Boston College- Washington State game, prompting angry calls to WKYT-TV in Lexington (turns out that CBS makes national decisions about coverage which the local affiliates can't control).