Back Thru The Wildcat Years
Four Years Ago
*Kentucky rolled to a convincing 72-50 win over Kansas in Lawrence, as Melvin Turpin and Jim Master combined tor 48 points and Kenny Walker hauled down a game-high eight rebounds. Kentucky, with Master red hot on 10-of-13 shooting from the field, and Turpin scoring at will inside, raced out to a 35-20 intermission lead and never looked back.
?Kentucky punter Paul Calhoun was selected second-team All-American by 77re Sporting News, thus becoming UK's first Ail-American since Art Still back in 1977.
?Sophomore kicking specialist Chris Caudell was suspended from the UK football team for disciplinary reasons and was not permitted to play in the Hall of Fame Bowl game. Caudell later withdrew from school.
?Kentucky placed three players on the Academic All-SEC football team. Selected for the honors were Ron Bojalad, Keith Mar-
tin and Scott Schroeder.
Five Years Ago
?The Kentucky Wildcats captured their 22nd University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament by defeating Duquesne 55-42, then coming back to beat Tulane 80-61 for the title. In the first game, UK played rather routinely, and the crowd of 23,964 never really got excited as Kentucky was not the sharp, crisp team it had been earlier. The Wildcats did shoot 59.5 percent from the field, but committed II turnovers to Duquesne's two. The 'Cats never trailed in the game and held a 29-17 led at the half. UK scored the first six points of the second half, and the lead stayed in the 13-18 point range the rest of the game. Derrick Hord and Jim Master led the 'Cats with 14 points each. In the title game, UK loked much more like the team of old as the 'Cats crushed the Green Wave of Tulane. After the score was tied at 10, UK took over
I Which conference is not represented in this year's UKIT?
a) Ohio Valley
b) Sun Belt
2. True or False? UK has never lost a UKIT game during the 1980s.
3. Which player holds the UKIT record for the most points scored during the two-game tourney?
a) Freeman Williams (Portland State)
b) Bill Bradley (Princeton)
c) Dan Issel (Kentucky)
d) Brian Taylor (Princeton)
4. Only four players have led the UKIT in scoring in two different years. Three of them did it in consecutive tourneys. Which of the following was the high scorer in non-consecutive seasons?
a) Mike Casey
b) Dan Issel
c) Louie Dampier
d) Jerry West
5. True or False? The UKIT is the oldest regular-season college basketball tournament in the country.
6. Kentucky's largest margin of victory in the UKIT came in 1965, against which of the following teams?
a) North Carolina
7. What former UK player scored 60 points (two games) during the 1961 UKIT?
a) Mike Casey
b) Larry Pursiful
c) Jim Krebs
d) Cotton Nash
8. Which of the following teams has won the most UKIT games?
a) St. Louis
b) West Virginia
9..True of False? No SEC team, other than Kentucky of course, has ever appeared in the UKIT.
10. Against which team did Kentucky set a UKIT record for the most points scored in a single tourney game?
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and never trailed again, leading by 15 at the half. Guard Dicky Beal came off of the bench and ignited the crowd and the team with three incredible plays, including a windmill-type pass to freshman Kenny Walker for a stuff. The 'Cats continued their hot shooting with a 60.3 percentage from the field. Derrick Hord and Dirk Minniefield paced the attack with 17 points. Hord also was named as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
?Results from testing have put All-America center Sam Bowie's leg back in a cast for another six weeks, and it looks as though he will have to sit out all year. "As far as deter-ming whether or not I will be back this season, it looks doubtful now," said Bowie.
?Kentucky freshman Todd May left the squad after citing unhappiness about the amount of playing time he was getting. He did not play in UK's victory over Notre Dame, the second game of the season and saw only limited action against Butler and Detroit. It had been said that May considered leaving earlier, but wanted to finish the fall semester exams before going. He is transfer-ing to Wake Forest.
Six Years Ago
?The University of Kentucky Athletics Board voted unanimously to appoint 53-year-old Jerry Claiborne head football coach beginning with the 1982 season.
?In the first round of the annual UKIT. the 'Cats used a different lineup, inserting Charles Hurt for defensive purposes in place of Chuck Verderber. The move worked as UK defeated Jacksonville 107-91. Kentucky never trailed and broke open a close 8-8 tie to take a 23-14 lead. The Wildcats built that lead to 13 points by the half and led by 20 less than nine minutes into the second half. Kentucky's biggest lead was 25 points. The Wildcats showed a balanced scoring attack with seven players hitting double figures. Derrick Hord had 17 to lead the way.
?Kentucky won its 21st UKIT title by playing a spectacular first half and jumping out to a 31-point advantage at halftime en route to a 98-74 victory over Seton Hall. Five playersDerrick Hord, Charles Hurt, Melvin Turpin, Dirk Minniefield and Jim Masterscored in double digits. Minniefield, Master and Hord were named to the all-tournament team.
?UK head basketball coach Joe Hall was named to coach in the annual Pizza Hut All-Star Classic.
Seven Years Ago
?In a real laugher, UK jumped out to a 19-2 lead and went on to stomp Alaska-Anchorage 91-56 in the first round of the UKIT. Alaska made only three field goals in the entire first half, after being shut out from the field until 6:50 remained until intermission. UK led 35-12 at the break. Nine UK players logged between 14 and 27 minutes of action. Eight of those scored between seven and 16 points. Charles Hurt, starting for the first time in place of injured Fred Cowan, led UK with 16 points. Dirk Minniefield added 15. Freshmen Melvin Turpin and Bret Bearup were impressive off the bench, with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
?Alabama-Birmingham earned everybody's respect as the Blazers took Kentucky down to the wire but lost 61-53 in the championship game of the UKIT. UAB led at the half and had UK on the hot seat for much of the game. Kentucky's final eight-point margin was its largest of the game. Sam Bowie led the 'Cats with 25 points and 12 rebounds, causing UAB coach Gen Bartow to label Bowie the best big man in the country. Bowie was the only Wildcat in double figures.
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Charles Hurt seven, while Oliver Robinson led UAB with 12. Dicky Beal scored only two points but sparked UK off the bench with his electrifying play. Beal was named to the all-tournament team, along with Hurt and Bowie, who was named the MVP
Eight Years Ago
?The good news continued for the Kentucky basketball program, at least in the recruiting wars. Seven-foot Melvin Turpin announced from his home in Lexington that he will attend Kentucky next week. Turpin attended Lexington Bryan Station and is presently playing basketball and attending Fork Union Military Academy. Turpin said one reason he chose UK was because his parents have been ill and he wished to stay close to home. Several weeks before Turpin's announcement, All-American Bret Bearup of New York announced he would attend UK.
?What coach Joe Hall labeled the "Firehouse Five" sparked Kentucky as the homestanding 'Cats downed No. 1-ranked Indiana 69-58. The Hoosier had the 'Cats baffled in the first half and the UK offense couldn't get going. Hall then inserted a lineup of Dirk Minniefield, Dwight Anderson. Derrick Hord, Jay Shidler and Charles Hurt. UK trailed by 13 at one point in the first half but a midcourt steal and dunk by Hurt rallied the 'Cats and they were behind just 39-36 at halftime. Then trailing 53-51 with 9:05 left to play, UK reeled off 15 unanswered points and held on for the win. Kyle Macy led UK with 12 points. Fellow senior LaVon Williams had 11 points and eight rebounds, while the team's other senior, Shidler, hit some key long-range bombs among his 11 points. Ray Tolbert and Mike Woodson scored 16 each for Indiana.
?A final-second steal by Jay Shidler helped UK preserve a 57-56 win before 15.800 screaming Jayhawk fans in Lawrence, Kan. UK's Dwight Anderson had missed a free throw with :04 left, but when Kansas got the rebound, Shidler made the steal and ran the ball down for UK's sixth straight win. The 'Cats did not play well, hitting only 41.8 percent from the field and committing 20 turnovers. UK led 57-52 with less than two minutes to go. but costly errors allowed Kansas back in the game. Freshman Sam Bowie led UK with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Kyle Macy was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 10 points. Darnell Valentine led Kansas with 17 points.
Nine Years Ago
?Freshman Dwight Anderson scored 17 points in the final 10 minutes in an unbelievable performance, leading the Kentucky Wildcats to a comeback win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame. The Wildcats defeated the Irish 81-76. "This may be the greatest win we've ever had at Kentucky," said coach Joe Hall after his team raised its record to 5-2. Trailing 61-49 with 11 minutes to go, Anderson then used his amazing quickness to get inside the Irish triangle zone. After he missed his first four shots, Anderson turned the corner, which earned him Most Valuable Player honors. Notre Dame's Kelly Tripucka led all scorers with 21 points.