If you're a college basketball fan here in Kentucky, this is going to be the longest week ever. In fact, if you aren't a college basketball fan (or, heaven forbid, cheer for another team...), it's probably going to be a pretty darned long week as well. As we count down the minutes until Friday night at 9:45, when the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Louisville Cardinals, I thought it would be fun to take a trip back in time -- 101 years back in time to be exact -- to the first meeting of the teams we now know as UK and U of L.
The first meeting of the Kentucky State University basketball team -- deemed the Wildcats in 1909 -- and the University of Louisville Cardinals took place on February 15, 1913. Revolution was in the air on the international political stage, as the Mexican Revolution had just begun and the House of Romanov, celebrating 300 years of rule in Russia, would soon be overthrown. In the United States, the Republican attorney from Cincinnati, William Howard Taft, was wrapping up his four-year term as President, soon to be succeeded by Virginia-born Democrat Woodrow Wilson, the Governor of New Jersey and former President of Princeton University. American women were rallying to make their voices heard in politics and the famed Woman Suffrage Parade would be held a few weeks later in Washington, D.C.