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RICK ROBEY, 6-10, 235 Junior Forward-Center New Orleans, La. (1/30/56)
Coming off a knee injury which cost him 18 games last season, an even more determined Robey spells trouble for Wildcat opponents of the future . . . Injuring his knee in opening moments of second half at Alabama (his only non-double-figure scoring production), he missed three games and came back and scored 19 and 11 against Florida and Auburn respectively, only to reinjure the knee in practice and miss the remainder of the season . . . Fully recovered without surgery, Robey has strengthened the knee with special therapy and weight lifing . . . Impressive in pre-season practice, Robey is determined to play at forward, however, coach Hall has indicated there will be moments at center for the mobile big man . . . Logged 357 minutes in 12 games, averaging 15.6 ppg and 7.5 rebounds . . . Hit 56.2 per cent from field and set UK single game record 91.7 per cent when he hit 11 of 12 shots against Miami (0.) . . . Tied UK free throw record as a freshman, hitting 12 of 12 against Vander-bilt . . . Single game highs last year—30 points against Miami (O.) and 10 rebounds against Miami and Georgia Tech . . . Led '75 team in three categories—shooting (54.4), free throws (81.0) and rebounding (6.9) . . . Member of United States 1975 Pan-American team . . . Selected
twice to All-UKIT team . . . All-SEC Freshman Team ... A prep Ail-American and All-Stater at Brother Martin High, he led the Crusaders to a 1974 State Championship and to a 63-10 two-year record . . . Averaged 21 ppg and 18 rebounds as a senior . . . All-New Orleans and city MVP, All-District and MVP, Times-Picayune MVP for 1974, American Press All-Tournament and Mr. Basketball, Newman Invitational All-Tournament and MVP . . . Played with teammates Phillips and Lee in Capital Classic and against Lee in the Derby Classic . . . Coach Tom Kolb . . . Agricultural Economics.
Coach Hall: "Rick is unmatched in aggressiveness, hustle and desire. These usually are qualities found in a small guard, but when coupled with Robey's physique, these qualities take on awesome proportions."
Year G Sts. Time Fr. 31 27 616
So. 12 9 357
FG-FGA Pet. FT-FTA Pet. Reb-Ave A PF-D Pts. Ave Season High 135-248 54.4 51-63 81.0 214-6.9 16 1 15-10 321 10.4 28 Vandy H 73-130 56.2 41-56 73.2 90-7.5 17 39-4 187 15.6 30 Miami H
MIKE PHILLIPS, 6-10, 235 Junior Center Manchester, Ohio (3/24/56)
A superior conditioned Phillips could lead the Wildcats to major honors this season . . . Moving and jumping better than at any point of his career, Phillips has been awesome in preseason workouts, particularly in taking the ball to the basket . . . Added maturity has given him a better insight on temperament without decreasing a fine competitive edge . . . Summer job of hard labor construction and weight program have given him a new look physique . . . Led team with 54.3 FG per cent and 9.8 rebounding . . . Logged 874 minutes in 30 games, starting 27 . . . Scored in double figures 21 games, rebounding in 15 . . . Single game career and team season highs 35 points against Vandy and 28 rebounds against Tennessee . . . Came back to play three outstanding games in NIT after sub-par first game, winning All-NIT honors . . . Selected to All-UKIT team and MVP as well as second team All-SEC honors behind All-America Leon Douglas of Alabama ... A Prep All-American and twice Ohio Player-of-the-Year, led Manchester High to the State AA Championship and a 26-0 1974 record, and to an incredible 80-10 four-year mark . . . Scored 2,573 career points to break the fabled Jerry Lucas' mark of 2,460 . . . Scored 38 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in the final game of the State Tournament . . . Captained the Panthers three-years . . . Four-time All-Suburban, three-time AIL-District and twice District Player-of-the-Year . . . Played
with teammates Rick Robey and James Lee on the victorious U.S. All-Stars in the Capital Classic . . . Coach Bernard Conley . . . Arts & Sciences.
Coach Hall: "Old Man River just keeps rolling along, and Mike just keeps getting stronger. Confidence and experience are beginning to show in his play. Some
think he's unstoppable inside."
Year G Sts. Time FG-FGA Pet. FT-FTA Pet. Reb-Ave A PF-D Pts. Ave Season High Fr. 31 4 442 108-212 50.9 26-47 55.3 136-4.4 13 86-3 242 7.8 26 Miss. St. A So. 30 27 874 199-367 54.2 69-117 59.0 295-9.8 22 93-5 4$7 15.6 35 Vandy H
"When the team came on the floor tonight, and the fans stood up, and the band played, 'On, On, U of K,' I felt immediately at home in the Rupp Arena.
Cawood Ledford, longtime radio voice of the Wildcats-- "This arena is awesome. I think it's really going to be interesting to see if the crowd really gets with it in here, but I think it's going to."
Anita Madden, noted horsewoman and social figure-"I think it needs to be about twice as big, because I know a lot of people who didn't get tickets. I think it's wonderful, especially since it shows how much we love our basketball around here.
"The only disadvantage is the long walk from the seats to the concession stands. I'm not about to make the trip back and forth. If I did, I'd probably be in better shape than the players by the end of the season."
Michael S. Ruttenberg, associate realtor-- "I think the arena is amazing. In fact, it's a metaphysical smorgsbord of in-depth fun."
Wildcat mascot Gary Tanner - "I love it. It's like Commonwealth Stadium with a roof on it. At least I can see the faces of the fans here. The only thing I wish is that it had more air circulation, because I'm burning up in
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this wildcat suit."
Lt. Baird Brown, Metro policeman--"The arena is great, if they ever get it organized. I'll like it better than the Coliseum in time, but I don't right now. It'll be all right, though."
Michael Shapiro, from Madison, Wisconsin, who was seen wandering around the arena wearing a backpack--"This is a fairly massive edifice. No, it's not the best place in the country. It's a really unusual situation having basketball games sold out 20 years in advance." (Shapiro is a student at Wisconsin, and he hitch-hiked to the game).
Robert Ellis, a 13-year-old student at Lexington Sayre, as he left the arena after the game-- "Well, Dad, it wasn't a great game but at least we won. You know, this is a nice place except for it being so crowded at halftime."
Gayle Kanies, UK grad student from Tuscon, Arizona, who viewed the game from her seat in the upper deck--"I really like the architecture of the building; it was modern and very structured. I didn't feel as bad sitting up high as I do in Riverfront Stadium. I could see real well. You could get a lot of people in the arena and it didn't feel crowded at all.
The following two students were interviewed by The Cats' Pause last
week about the move to Rupp Arena. After the Wisconsin game and after seeing the arena for the first time, they had this to say:
Larry Malone, senior from Magnoli-a--"I loved the seats but the lights were so bright they hurt my eyes. It's a magnificient arena, and it was very well-organized and efficient.
"I thought the crowd needed to get behind the team, though. We should
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have been shouting when Wisconsin was shooting all those free throws."
John Gambill, sophomore from Jackson --"I thought the seats offered to students were excellent. It's the nicest basketball arena I've ever been in. It handles a crowds very well, and it's reasonably accessible to all UK students."
University Of Kentucky Basketball
DATE OPPONENT TIME
Thu. 12/2 Texas Christian 11:30 PM
Mon. 12/6 Indiana 7:30 PM
Sat. 12/11 Kansas 11:30 PM
Mon. 12/13 South Carolina 8:00 PM
Fri. 12/17 UKIT 9:00 PM
Sat. 12/18 UKIT 7or9PM
Thu. 12/30 Notre Dame 11:30 PM
Mon. 1/3 Georgia 11:30 PM
Wed. 1/12 Tennessee 11:30 PM
Sat. 1/22 LSU 11:30 PM
Mon. 1/24 Ole Miss 11:30 PM
Sat. 2/5 Vanderbilt 11:30 PM
Mon. 2/7 Florida State 11:30 PM
Sat. 2/12 Auburn 11:30 PM
Mon. 2/14 Florida 11:30 PM
Mon. 2/28 Miss. State 11:30 PM