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Four Years Ago
*The third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats impressively defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 83-62 in front of 16,483 fans at Louisville's Freedom Hall. Defense was the key to this UK victory, which raised Kentucky's record to 8-1, as the 'Cats constantly switched from man-toman back to zone, and even introduced a new matchup zone to disrupt the Jayhawk offense. Forwards Derrick Hord and Charles Hurt played outstanding games as Hord led all scorers with 23 points and Hurt was the game's leading rebounder with 13. Kansas held an early 11-10 lead until the 'Cats outscored the Jayhawks 28-10 to take a 38-21 halftime lead. The game was marred by one incident, though. UK freshman Roger Harden and Jayhawk Ron Kellogg chased a loose ball when Kellogg smashed an elbow into the side of Harden's face. Harden fell to the floor and never returned to the game. He
was later treated and released from a Lexington hospital.
Six Years Ago
*Over 12,000 Kentucky fans braved the cold weather and turned out at Freedom Hall in Louisville to watch the Wildcat basketball team practice. UK holds a shooting session the morning of the Notre Dame game each year, and fans came from several different states just to watch the team shoot.
?Kentucky lost for the first time this season and for the first time in seven years to Notre Dame as the Irish handed the 'Cats a 67-61 defeat at Freedom Hall. The game was close most of the way and was tied at the half at 24-24. The difference came at the foul line, as UK had seven more field goals than Notre Dame. However, the Irish hit on 25 of 28 foul shots, all in the second half, to just five of seven for Kentucky. Most of those fouls were caused by a poor UK defense which simply
1. Yes or No? Does Kentucky hold a series advantage over Louisville in basketball?
2. True or False? Since UK began play ing U of L on a regular basis, no team has won on the other's home court.
3. How many games did the national champion Cards win last season?
4. Who was the leading scorer in last year's UK-U of L game?
a) Winston Bennett
b) Kenny Walker
c) Pervis Ellison
d) Billy Thompson
5. Who was the leading rebounder in the last year's UK-U of L game?
a) Winston Bennett
b) Kenny Walker
c) Pervis Ellison
d) Billy Thompson
6. True or False? Louisville didn't lose in Freedom Hall last year.
7. What national TV network televised last year's Dream Game?
8. What member of the U of L coaching staff played college basketball for the Cardinals?
a) Bobby Dotson
b) Jerry Jones
c) Wade Houston
d) Jock Sutherland
9. How many players on the Louisville roster hail from Derby City?
10. True or False? Denny Crum played his college ball at North Carolina.
If five of the six Kentucky recruits, Eric Manuel, Denm Feldhaus, LeRon Ellis, Sean Sutton and Johnathon Davis, indeed play for UK next year, they have a chance to make Wildcat history. How?
was outhustled by the Irish. Notre Dame's Kelly Tripuka was named the game MVP after scoring 30 points, including 14 of 15 from the free throw line. Orlando Woolridge added 15 points and Tracy Jackson had 14. UK's Sam Bowie finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dirk Minniefield played an excellent game with 14 points and six assists, while holding John Paxson to only six points. Derrick Hord added 13 points for Kentucky and Chuck Verderber pitched in with 12.
Seven Years Ago
*The Kentucky Wildcats made it eight wins in a row and won their first conference game by blowing out previously undefeated Georgia 95-69 before 16,000 fans in Atlanta. The Bulldogs led 25-23 before UK reeled off 16 straight points and exploded to a 45-28 lead at halftime.
For the game, UK hit on 43 of 69 shots for a sizzling 62.3 percent from the floor. The guards led the way as Kyle Macy hit 12 of 18 shots for 28 points and Dwight Anderson scored 20. Dominique Wilkins scored 21 for Georgia.
?Kentucky barely managed to win the UKIT, downing a tough Purdue team 61-60 in the finale. UK coach Joe Hall called Purdue "the best team we have faced." The Boilermakers led 56-53 with 3:43 left, but UK came back and held on with some clutch free throw shooting behind tournament MVP Kyle Macy and junior Freddy Cowan. Those two led UK with 18 points apiece. Coach Lee Rose's Purdue club was led by All-American Joe Barry Carroll, who scored 25 points.
*UK did not play well, but managed to beat California 78-52 in the first round of the UKIT. Kentucky was lifeless throughout but still took a 40-28 lead at the half. LaVon Williams and Kyle Macy led Kentucky with
12 points each. Fred Cowan had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Bowie had 10 points and
Eight Years Ago
*Ray White sank a 20-foot jumper in the final seconds to give homestanding Mississippi State a 63-61 win over Kentucky. State had stalled the final 5:58 of the game after UK's Dwight Anderson missed a free throw with the score at 61-61. Both teams played well as State hit 56 percent of its shots and UK canned 58.8 percent. There were only 12 turnovers in the game. UK missed a final chance to tie the score when Anderson's 25-footer at the buzzer was off target. Kyle Macy led UK with
16 points. Truman Claytor had 14 and Anderson had 10.
*In a "must" conference game, Kentucky lost to Alabama 55-52 in a poorly played contest. The Tide shot only 31 percent from the field. Kentucky hit 44 percent but committed 22 turnovers. UK had a chance to win the game with the score at 53-52 in favor of Alabama when Fred Cowan missed a close-in shot and Reggie King rebounded. Eddie Phillips then added two free throws. UK led at the half 30-24 and Bama never led until 13 minutes remained in the game. LaVon Williams led UK with 16 points. UK is 1-4 in SEC play.
Twelve Years Ago
?Kevin Grevey pumped in 29 points as UK shocked Kansas 100-63 in Freedom Hall. The 'Cats shot 55.4 percent from the field. Jimmy Dan Conner added 16 points, while Larry Johnson scored 13 and Mike Phillips 11.
UK's defense forced Kansas into 24 turnovers and a 33.8 percent shooting performance.
?Kentucky used a trapping matchup zone defense to turn a 34-24 deficit into a 41-36 lead in a little over three minutes as the 'Cats defeated Notre Dame 113-90. Sophomore substitute Larry Johnson received the Bernie A. Shively Memorial Plaque as the game's MVP, even though Notre Dame's Adrian Dantley bagged 39 points and 17 rebounds.
Johnson hit seven of nine field goal attempts for 16 points, to go along with three assists. He also keyed UK's defensive effort. Kevin Grevey led'UK with 28 points and Bob Guyette had 18, as six UK players scored 14 points or more.
Thirty-One Years Ago
?Kentucky defeated Minnesota 72-65 in the first round of the UKTT. UK led 36-26 at the half. Center Bob Burrow scored 27 points. Gerry Calvert had 16 and Jerry Bird had 15.
?Refusing to crack under pressure, Dayton upset Kentucky 89-74 in the final game of the UKIT, the first time the Wildcats have lost their own invitational tournament. The loss give Kentucky two home losses this year, the first time they have lost two home games since 1927. UK Center Bob Burrow missed the game with an injury. Jerry Bird scored 34 points for the 'Cats, Gerry Calvert had 18 and Vernon Hatton had 11. Ray Dieringer scored 25 for the winning Flyers. Seven-footer Bill Uhl scored 23 points and Jimmy Paxson had 16.
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