We'd like to say thanks to Leroy Byrd. To guys who arc short he is a big inspiration. He really excites the crowd when he's in. More importantly, we got the chance to meet him one year ago in Pincvillc after a Blue-White game. He really took the time to talk to us and was extremely courteous. He is first class all the way.
Go Big Blue. Keep up the great work Coach Sutton! Give us fans in Big Orange country a great present- whip Tennessee.
Mike Murphy Matt Murphy Oak Ridge. TN
Kenny A Model
My family lives in North Carolina, surrounded by ACC fans, but we are from Lexington and have always been UK basketball fans. The morning after the UK/NC State game the local papers had a field day. One columnist writing in the Winston-Salem Journal did a column entitled. '"Trashing of Kentucky" But in this article the following comments were made by NC State player Ernie Myers in regard to Kenny Walker:
" He didn't complain to the refs. He gets the ball and goes hard. He dunked in one time and it wasn't real. It was so hard, I thought. "Oh God, can he dunk."
Banging on him kind of wore me out. I tried to stay in front of him without fouling all the time. You can feel how strong he is by bumping up into him. He should be a great pro player. He has all the tools. He didn't get mad at me. He was a gentleman. We spoke at the beginning of the game and at the end of the game..."
"^Jcould point out to my young son that sure, we lost this one, but listen to this. Isn't it wonderful that today's children can have a role model like Kenny Walker.
Debra Reynolds Perri Boone, NC
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SEC Tourney Hoop Notes
Kentucky Host3 8th Renewal of SEC Tourney The University of Kentucky hosts the eighth renewal of the Southeastern Conference Tourney, starting Wednesday night at 7:05 EST when seventh-seeded Vanderbilt meets tenth-seeded Miss. State. The eight-nine game, later that evening features Tennessee vs. Ole Miss (see reverse side for the complete bracket). Since the tournament was renewed in 1979, a year in which Tennessee defeated Kentucky in overtime, seven schools have won the title. LSU won it in '80, followed by Ole Miss In '81, Alabama in '82, Georgia in '83, Kentucky in '84, and Auburn in '85. The only year In which the tournament has been held in Rupp Arena, Wimp Sanderson's Alabama Tide defeated Kentucky for the championship. When UK won the tournament in '84, it became the only regular season champion to also capture the tournament crown.
All nine games of the Southeastern Conference Tournament are scheduled for television by Lorimar Sports, with the regular announcing crew of Tom Hammond and Joe Dean handling the play-by-play. KBC will also be present to televise the finals Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. EST with Marv Albert and Bucky Waters calling the action. Please check with the local stations in your area about what tournament games they will broadcast.
Coachea' All-SEC Team
Five unanimous choices, including repeaters Buck Johnson of Alabama, Chuck Person of Auburn, and Kenny Walker of Kentucky headline the 1986 Coaches' All-Southeastern Conference Basketball team. Also receiving the votes of all ten coaches were Tennessee Junior guard Tony White and LSU sophomore forward John Williams.
Also selected to the team were two other Alabama stars, junior guard Terry Coner and sophomore center Derrick McKey, along with Florida sophomore guard Vernon Maxwell, Kentucky junior forward Winston Bennett, and Georgia senior forward Joe Ward. The complete squad along with other players receiving votes follows:
Name Position School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
Buck Johnson* Forward Alabama 6-7 190 Senior Birmingham, Alabama
Derrick McKey Center Alabama 6-9 190 Sophomore Meridian, Mississippi
Terry Coner Guard Alabama 6-3 170 Junior Birmingham, Alabama
Chuck Person* Forward Auburn 6-8 215 Senior Brantley, Alabama
Vernon Maxwell Guard Florida 6-4 180 Sophomore Gainesville, Florida
Joe Ward Forward Georgia 6-6 210 Senior Griffin, Georgia
Kenny Walker* Forward Kentucky 6-8 190 Senior Roberta, Georgia
Winston Bennett Forward Kentucky 6-7 210 Junior Louisville, Kentucky
John Williams* Forward LSU 6-8 240 Sophomore Los Angeles, California
Tony White* Guard Tennessee 6-2 170 Junior Charlotte, North Carolina
* unanimous choices
Also receving votes: Donald Hartry, Georgia; Roger Harden, Kentucky; Eric Smith, Ole Miss: Andrew Moten. Florida
Derrick Taylor, LSU; Jira Farmer, Alabama; Brett 3u: row, Vanderbilt; Chauncey Robinson , Miss. State; and Frank Fo
* Auburn's Chuck Person scored a career high 40 points Saturday night in lifting the Tigers to a 79-65 victory over Vanderbilt, ensuring Sonny Smith's squad the second-seed in this week's SEC Tournament. Person, twice the runnerup in
scoring in the SEC, trails Tennessee's Tony wTilte entering the tourney. In 1984, Georgia's Vern Fleming nipped Person for the scoring title, then last year it was Kentucky's Kenny Walker taking the scoring honors. Points scored in tournament action do count in NCAA and SEC statistics.
* Vanderbilt set a Southeastern Conference record last week when the Commodores hit 35 of 36 free throws (97.ZZ) in a 77-65 win over Miss. State. Previously, the record was held by Auburn, which hit 27 of 28 (96.4X) versus Alabama back in 1960; ironically, Vandy, traditionally one of the nation's best free throw shooting teams, was hitting only 68.7%, eighth best in the SEC, going into the MSU contest.
* Florida's Andrew Moten, leading the Gators to a pair of SEC wins, had one of the best weeks of his career when he scored 32 vs. Alabama and 31 vs. Miss. State.
* Kentucky's 17-1 SEC record ties for the all-time conference best since the double round-robin was established 20 seasons ago. Adolph Rupp's 1970 squad, led by Dan Issel, finished the conference season with a 17-1 mark, as did Dale D. Brown's 1981 LSU team, a squad which fought its way to the Final Four.
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