"People say our rival is Oklahoma, but I think it's A&M. Coach showed us a video of Law putting the [Hook 'em Horns sign] down last year, which made me angry at them."
WHEN THEY MEET: Jan. 30 in College Station; Feb. 18 in Austin
BALLAD OF THE TWO BILLYS
HOW WE GOT HERE
LONG BEFORE Texas cowboy Billy Clyde Gillispie rode east from College Station to Bluegrass Country, Lexington was home to Billy the Kid. William J. Donovan Jr. arrived at Kentucky in 1989 as a 24-year-old graduate assistant under Rick Pitino and stayed on his staff through one Final Four run before being hired by Marshall in 1994. Thirteen years later, with the Wildcats stagnant and the grown-up Kid a repeat national champion at Florida, Kentucky made its pitch to get him back. Donovan flirted with making the move but declined, then dallied with the NBA before staying in Gainesville. Says Arkansas coach John Pelphrey, a former Wildcat, "You can point to one reason for the Kentucky-Florida rivalry: Billy Donovan. His desire to build something special at Florida was the key." Donovan's Gators have won the last six meetings, but Gillispie now has an added chip on his shoulder for motivation: Until he beats Florida, every time the two meet he'll be reminded that he wasn't Kentucky's first choice.
7 Consecutive years CBS has televised the final game of the season between the two teams.