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Four Years Ago
*The annual war between Indiana and Kentucky took place, this time matching the No. two (UK) and three-ranked teams in the nation, both sporting perfect 7-0 records. The game was one of short streaks, and unfortunately for the Big Blue, Indiana got the last streak to slip by with a 62-59 win at Assembly Hall in Indiana. IU overplayed UK's guards defensively and it was very effective, holding the 'Cats to just 37 percent shooting in the first half. But Indiana did no better as they shot 41 percent. However, the bif! dil'lerence in the game came al the chant) stripe, where IU made 18 of 23 shots compared to 11 of 18 for Kentucky. It was nip-and-tuck in the beginning, with IU finally jumping out to a 20-13 lead on the strength of six straight Jim Thomas points. The Hoosiers led 32-27 at intermission. But Kentucky came roaring back in the second half
and grabbed a lead at 33-32 at the 17:11 mark. IU hung tough, -ind with 4:44 left, regained the lead and never let go. Melvin Turpin led the 'Cat attack with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Dirk Minniefield dished out nine assists. Indiana put four players in double figures, including Randy Wittman who scored 17 and snared 12 rebounds. Eleven of those boards came in the first half. UK plays Kansas Saturday in Louisville.
Seven Years Ago
?What coach Joe B. Hall labeled as the "Firehouse Five" sparked Kentucky as the homestanding Wildcats downed No. 1 ranked Indiana 69-58. The Hoosiers had the 'Cats baffled in the first half and the UK offense could not get going. Hall then inserted a lineup of Dirk Minniefield, Dwight Anderson, Derrick Hord. Jay Shidler and Charles Hurt. The 'Cats trailed by 13 points at one point in the first half but a midcourt steal and
1. What team won the first game ever played in the UKIT.'
a) La Salle
2. True or False? UK has not lost in the UKIT in the decade of the 80s.
3. Who was the MVP of last year's UKIT?
a) Kenny Walker
b) Roger Harden
c) Winston Bennett
d) Ed Davender
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4. How won?
5. What opposing team has made the most appearances in the UKIT?
a) West Virginia
6. What is Kentucky's overall record in the UKIT?
7. True or False? UK head coach Eddie Sutton was listed fifth on the list of winningest active coaches going into the 86-87 season.
8. Who was the last team to defeat Kentucky in Rupp Arena?
9. Fill in the blank. During the SEC Media Days (Nov. 12-13). Kentucky was picked by the conference's sportswriters to finish in _-place in the league this year.
10. With the recent knee injury to UK guard Paul Andrews, how many healthy scholarship players does Eddie Sutton have to work with?
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dunk by Hurt rallied UK and they trailed only 39-36 at the half. Trailing 53-51 with 9:05 left, the 'Cats 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 while scoring 11 points. Ray Tolbert and Mike Woodson scored 16 points apiece for the Hoosiers.
Eight Years Ago
*Four days after upsetting second-ranked Notre Dame, UK opened SEC play, losing 81-76 to Florida in Alligator Alley. UK was flat the entire game and after pulling to within four at 59-55, the 'Cats were never able to get closer. Clarence Tillman led Kentucky with 14 points and seven rebounds. Chuck Aleksinas also had 14 points for the UK.
*LSU was able to convert its second-half free throws and UK was unable to pull of another miraculous comeback as the Tigers defeated UK 93-89 in Rupp Arena. This marked the first time an LSU team has won in Lexington. The key to the game was a 16-2 second-half spurt by the Tigers which saw them go from a 60-52 deficit to a 66-62 lead. UK rallied back after trailing by nine to get within one with 18 seconds remaining, before Dewayne Scales made a three-point play on a dunk and a free throw to put the game away. Dwight Anderson led UK with 16, while Kyle Macy and LaVon Williams had 14 each. The loss dropped Kentucky to 0-2 in the SEC.
*Sharpshooting forward Tim Stephens left the UK team due to lack of playing time and will-enroll at Cumberland College. He left
following the Dec. 30 game with Notre Dame.
*UK got back on the winning track with a 90-64 win over Ole Miss at Rupp Arena. The win was UK's first in SEC play. UK led only 65-58 with 5:38 to play, but then outscored the Rebels 25-9 the rest of the way. Six Kentucky players scored in double digits, led by Fred Cowan with 17 points.
Twelve Years Ago
*"I am pleased with this opportunity to serve my alma mater and the state," said ex-UK All-American Cliff Hagan as he was named the school's new athletic director, replacing the retiring Harry Lancaster. Hagan had served as assistant athletic director prior to being promoted to the head job.
Seventeen Years Ago
?Kentucky won the UKIT with a 73-59 win over Navy and a 98-76 win in the final over a good Duke team. Dan Issel scored 40 points in the Navy game, but guard Bob McCowan was the surprise of the tournament, winning MVP honors by hitting over 60 percent of his shots from the field and scoring 41 points in the two games.
Thirty-One Years Ago
*For the first time this year, Kentucky displayed the accuracy and teamwork expected of them as they blasted Idaho 9M9. Bob Burrow led Adoph Rupp's Wildcats with 19 points. Vernon Hatton scored 16, Gerry Calvert had 14. Phil Grawemeyer 13 and Jerry Bird 11.