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Eight Years Ago
i^More iii-iM i.' noii Big Blue tans braved the cold weather and turned out to watch the UK team practice at Freedom Hall before its
annual came with Notre Dame Traditional ly, the Wildcats hold a public workout the morning before (heir Derby City battle wilh Notre Dame
Nine Years Ago
^ I he uikxI news continued tor the Univer-sit\ cit Kentucky basketball program, al least in the recruiting wars. Six-foot-ll MelvinTur-pin announced from his home in Lexington that he will attend Kentucky next year. Tur-pin attended Lexington Bryan Station and is presently playing basketball and attending 1-i'tk Union Military Academy. Turpin said one reason he chose Joe B. Hall's team 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 B. Hall labeled the 'Firehousc Five' sparked Kentucky as the homestanding 'Cats downed Bobby Knight and No. I ranked Indiana 69-58. The visiting Hoosiers had the 'Cats baffled for most of the game's first 20 minutes. During that time UK's offensive machine was stuck in neutral. Hall then inserted a lineup of Dirk Minnie-field, Dwight Anderson, Derrick Hord, Jay Shidler and Charles Hurt to see if a new unit would get things rolling.
The move worked wonders.
Trailing by 13 points at one stage in the first half, UK gained the momentum when Hurt turned a midcourt steal into a rousing slam dunk. UK eventually pulled within three.
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e b) Lake Kelly what season?
c) Max Good a) 1985-86
d) Wayne Martin b) 1986-87
ipt 2. True or False.' Kentucky's won-loss d) 1980-81
record at Freedom Hall is 100-25.
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b) the NIT seasons ago in Freedom Hall?
c) the UKIT a) Rex Chapman
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c) Derrick Miller
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39-36, at halftime. Trailing 53-51 with 9:05 left, the 'Cats reeled off 15 straight 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, drilled some key long range bombs while scoring 11 points. Ray Tolbert and Mike Woodson scored 16 points apiece for Indiana.
<^A final-second steal by Jay Shidler helped Kentucky preserve a thrilling 57-56 win over Kansas before 15,800 vocal Jayhawk fans in Lawrence.
Kentucky's Dwight Anderson had missed a free throw with four seconds left. When Kansas got the rebound, Shidler made the steal and ran off the remaining ticks of the clock to give UK its sixth straight win. The Wildcats' play was less than impressive, hitting just 41.8 percent of their shots from the field. They also committed 20 turnovers.
UK led 57-52 with less than two minutes remaining. However, cosdy turnovers allowed Kansas to make a final run. Freshman Sam Bowie led UK with 17 points and 14 boards while Kyle Macy was the only other Wildcat in double figures—10 points.
Darnell Valentine led the Jayhawks with 17 points.
Twelve Years Ago
>^Some 37.000 Kentucky fans are expected to invade Atlanta this week as the Kentucky football team takes on ACC representative North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. The bowl appearance will be Kentucky's first since 1951. when the 'Cats upset Oklahoma 13-7 in the Sugar Bowl.
Overall, it will be UK's fifth bowl appearance in its football history.
The Wildcats finished this past season with a 7-4 mark and enter the Peach Bowl with a four-game winning streak. Included in that streak was an emotional 7-0 victory over Tennessee in Knxoville. The win over the Big Orange assured the 'Cats of their first postseason appearance in 25 years. Coach Fran Curci's Wildcats were led in the regular season by quarterback Derrick Ramsey. All-American offensive tackle Warren Bryant, defensive end Art Still and cornerback Mike Siganos.
Coach Bill Dooley's North Carolina team enters the game with a 9-2 mark and a five-game winning streak.
Thirteen Years Ago
y^Jhe University of Kentucky swim team defeated rival Louisville 75-37 in the Derby City. It marked UK's first match of the season.
^Freshman guard Truman Claytor. labeled the 'Iceman.' drilled a pair of free throws with 34 seconds left to give UK a 54^48 heartstopping victory over Kansas in Lawrence. Claytors's clutch free throws gave UK a 5L48 lead with 34 seconds left.
Kentucky battled back from a three-point deficit with five minutes left to gain their second consecutive win after two early defeats. Rick Robey led the Big Blue with 21 points while guard Larry Johnson contributed 10.
^Kentucky football coach Fran Curci has signed Green County's Mike Deaton, whom Curci called the best quarterback in the state. Other players Curci signed to a conference letter-of-intent include Terry Curry of Camp-bellsville, James Lokesak of Ludlow, Carl Marrillia of Louisville and Ken Roark of Middlesboro.
Deaton. Marrillia and Roark were first-team all-state selections.
Eighteen Years Ago
^Kentucky clawed its way past outmann-ed DePaul 106-85 in the first round of the University of Kentucky Invitational. Mike Casey scored 26 points and forward Tom Parker added 23 for the 'Cats. Center Tom Payne turned in a balanced attack, scoring 18 points and grabbing 19 rebounds.
DePaul's Joey Meyer led DePaul with 26 points.
In other first round action, Purdue beat Kansas State 87-68 behind Larry Weather-ford's 25 points.
?^The Purdue Boilermakers, much better than their 4-3 record indicated, pulled one of the biggest upsets in UKIT history by defeating Kentucky 89-83 for the championship, holding UK to its lowest output of the season.
Larry Weatherford scored 27 points and Bob Ford 21 for Purdue, which held on to a one-point lead at halftime. Mike Casey paced the 'Cats with 27 points while seven-foot center Tom Payne had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Weatherford was chosen as the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-toumey team by Ford. Casey. Payne and Joey Meyer of DePaul.
^Kentucky football coach John Ray signed a pair of all-staters to a conference letter-of-intent. Leading the signees were Ernie (Sundance Kid) Lewis, a two-time all-state quarterback from Elizabethtown and Steve Parker, a 6-1, 185-pound linebacker-fullback from Paris.
S After their UKIT loss to Purdue, the Kentucky Wildcats have dropped to seventh in both wire service polls. UCLA leads both, with South Carolina No. 2.
Thirty-Two Years Ago
?^Led by a sensational 18-0 spurt, UK downed undefeated SMU in the first round of the UKIT by a 73-67 count.
Gerry Calvert was one of five 'Cats in double figures. He finished the night with 22 points. Johnny Cox and Ed Beck each scored 14 points while Beck grabbed 17 rebounds. John Crigler scored 12 points and Vern Hat-ton added 11.
Jim Krebs of SMU led all scorers with 25 points. In the tournament's other first-round matchup, Illinois defeated Dayton 82-65.
?^Kentucky won its third University of Kentucky Invitational in four tries, defeating previous unbeaten Illinois 91-70. which just happened to top the UKTT's record for most points scored in one game.
This year's UKIT field featured three of the nation's top seven teams. Against Illinois. UK jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never trailed, leading by 26 points at one time. Vem Hat-ton led UK with 25 points while Gerry Calvert scored 18. Ed Beck and Johnny Cox each scored 14. The "new look" running 'Cats defeated the nation's No. 3 and No. 5 ranked teams in the country to capture their own tournament.
.-'UK is ranked third in the nation in the UP and AP basketball polls. Kansas is No. 1 and North Carolina is second.
Thirty Three Years Ago
Nineteen Kentuckians and six out-of-state prospects have applied for SEC grants to play football at UK next year. Among the instate players are highly touted backs—Lowell Hughes of Prestonburg, Glen Shaw of Paducah and Bob White of Covington.