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Pioneers will play UK in Rupp Arena in November

For the first time in a century, the Transylvania Pioneers and the University of Kentucky Wildcats will meet in a men’s basketball game when the two teams take the floor in Rupp Arena on November 2 in a pre-season exhibition game.

1910-11 transy basketball team
The 1910-11 Transylvania men’s basketball team was the last Pioneer men’s team to play the University of Kentucky.

“We are realistic about our chances to be competitive,” said Transylvania head coach Brian Lane ’90. “We want to use the game to get ready for our season and give UK a disciplined opponent to contend with. It’s a great opportunity for our program. Not many NCAA Division III teams get to play in Rupp Arena, especially against what will probably be the nation’s No. 1 or No. 2 ranked team.”

Transylvania last played the Wildcats in 1911 in a game won by UK 30-24. The two teams helped inaugurate intercollegiate basketball in Kentucky eight years earlier in a 1903 game won by Transylvania 42-2. During those years the schools played 14 times, with each winning seven games. Transylvania has outscored the Wildcats 303-182 in the series.

Lane said he expects his players to be sky-high for the UK game.

“I’m sure they’ll be excited,” he said. “It’s something they’ll remember for a very long time. I think they will want to come back to campus this fall in the best shape of their lives.”

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