Series: Kentucky 148-67
While Kentucky has historically dominated Florida throughout the history of their basketball rivalry, the two schools have ascended to a status as the SEC's preeminent powers during the Billy Donovan era. The series has shifted in recent years, with UF holding the advantage since 2005.
By contrast, a much longer rivalry is still firmly in Kentucky's control. UK and Tennessee have been playing each other since 1910, and the series hasn't been remotely close since the '30s.
Tennessee controlled the 1970s by an 11-9 margin but since then, it's been 53-20 Kentucky. The Wildcats have taken 22 of the last 27 meetings, with three of UT's five wins coming when nationally ranked. It could be worse, though. Adolph Rupp's Cats stomped all over Rocky Top in the 1950s, winning 19 of 20 during that dominant decade.
Former Vols coach Bruce Pearl loved to trumpet UT's finishes in the SEC standings, with the Vols finishing ahead of the Wildcats four straight years (2005-06 through '08-09). Even Pearl, however, could only win four of 13 meetings with UK.
Tennessee has more wins over Kentucky than any other school in the nation, but a few bounces are bound to go your way when you play for over a century. UT is no longer guaranteed two chances to make up ground every season, thanks to the SEC not rating its most historic basketball rivalry worth saving. You can bet your mother that a 100-year football rivalry wouldn't be flushed down the toilet so quickly.