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Table Of Contents
Governor Carroll__...............-......--------------------------------------.....-.................-......2
Mayor Pettit_______________________________...................--------------------------.....-------........2
Urban County Council-----------------------------------------------.........--------........---------3
University of Kentucky Administrators -------............._...................4-5
Kentucky Wildcats 1976-77 _____________.........-.............-------.....-------------------------6-7
Meet The Wildcats ____________________......--------------...........----------...................8-19
Kentucky Coaching Staff ___________________...........------............-...........----21-23
University of Wisconsin Administrators ____________________________________________________24-2o
Wisconsin Coaching Staff__...............-------------------------------------.......----------26-27
Badgers to Watch ____________________________________________________..........------------------28-29
Wisconsin Badgers......______......................-------------------------..................30-31
UK Season Outlook __________________.........................._.....--------...........-.............34
UK Individual Statistics...........................-----......-------......------------------------35
Rupp Arena______________________________________________............------------...........------------37-41
Memorial Coliseum _______________..................------------------------------------------......42-43
UK Sports Information Department____________________________________...........------------44-45
"Cawood Reflects"........._________.......................----------......-.......-.....----------45
The SEC_________________________________.....................-------------------------------------------------46
UK-Wisconsin Last Meeting................----------------------........-.......--------.....------49
This Week's SEC..................._________.....-..........------.......-..................---------49
Arena Information ___________________.......---------------.............-..........................50
Kentucky All-Americans ...................................-------......-------.................------52
December At UK.............________________________________________...........------------............53
UK Records.................___________________............------...........------................-......55-62
Wildcat Traditions..........._________.............-..............---------------.......-.........-.....63
Student Government Code Of Conduct..........---------------........---------........--------64
New Features This Season
This season's WILDCAT TIPOFF will include several continuing features which have not been a part of our program in the past.
In each issue Wildcat fans will be able to read an account of the last meeting between Kentucky and their current opponent. For example in tonight's program we recount Kentucky's loss to Wisconsin on December 31, 1968 in Chicago.
The TIPOFF offers a column, "This Week's SEC", which lists every team in the SEC and their opponents for the current week.
The third innovation in this season's program will be a column authored by "The Voice of the Wildcats", Cawood Ledford. In this issue's "Cawood Reflects", Ledford muses about the upcoming season.
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H. FOSTER PETTIT served two years as mayor of the City of Lexington and was a leader in the consolidation of the city and county governments. He was elected mayor of the Urban County Government in November 1973.
President of the Kentucky Municipal League for 1976, Mayor Pettit is also active with the U. S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities. He was awarded the Optimist Cup in 1976 and the Chamber of Commerce Citizen-of-the-Ycar citation for 1975.
As chief executive of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the mayor is authorized to supervise, administer and control all departments of government.
The mayor is elected on a non-partisan basis every four years. He is responsible for the proper administration of all services of the government. He is assisted principally by the Chief Administrative Officer and commissioners of the six departments.
A native of Lexington, he is an attorney who served three terms as a state representative. He resides on Richmond Road with his wife, Marion, and four sons.
Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
JULIAN MORTON CARROLL became Kentucky's 58th governor on December 28, 1974, succeeding Wendell H. Ford, who was elected to the U. S. Senate. Carroll then won a full four-year term in the 1975 general election. Born in McCracken County in 1931, he attended Paducah Junior College after graduating from Heath High School. He was graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1954 and received his law degree from UK in 1956. Before becoming governor, Carroll served three years as lieutenant governor and ten years as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. He is an active member of the Optimist Club and a former Jaycee. He attained the highest office in Kentucky for laymen of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1966-67 when he was named moderator of the Kentucky Synod. The Governor and his wife, Charlann, have four children.
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A native of Alabama, Ivy graduated in 1961 from Hunts-ville High School, where he lettered in four sports. He is a 1967 graduate of the University of Alabama, and earned his M.B.A. from Alabama in 1968.
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5 1976-77 University of Kentucky Wildcats
Front Row (left to right): Coach Joe Hall; Dwane Casey; Jay Shidler; Larry Johnson (Co-Captain); Kyle Macy; Tim Stephen!; Truman Clay tor; Dick Parsons, Assistant Coach. Top Row: Tripp Ramsey, Manager; Jack Civeni; LaVon Williams; Mike Phillips; Rick Robey; James Lee; Merion Haskins (Co-Captain);   Leonard  Hamilton, Assistant Coach;  Walt McCombs, Trainer.
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21	Jack Givens	F	Jr.	6- 3	205	22	3L	Lexington, Ky.
22	Truman Claytor	G	So.	6- 1	173	19	1L	Toledo, Ohio
25	Jay Shidler	G	Fr.	6- 1	185	18	..	Lawrenceville, 111.
30	Merion Haskins	F	Sr.	6- 4	205	21	2L	Campbellsville, Kv
31	Tim Stephens	F-G	Fr.	6- 3	175	18		Stearns, Ky.
32	James Lee	F	Jr.	6- 5	230	20	2L	Lexington, Ky.
34	LaVon Williams	F-C	Fr.	6- 6	200	18		Denver, Colo.
53	Rick Robey	F-C	Jr.	6-10	235	20	2L	New Orleans, La.
55	Mike Phillips	C	Jr.	6-10	235	20	2L	Akron, Ohio
	"Kyle Macy	G	So.	6- 3	175	19		Peru, Ind.
* Co-captains  "Transferwill sit out year.
7 Meet The 'Cats
Back for his final year is 6'3" guard LARRY JOHNSON, whose dazzling speed and ball handling made the press very ineffective against the Cats. The willowy but strong Johnson was at his best under extreme pressure and won three games with final second heroics, including a last second shot to down Providence in the NIT semi-finals. Johnson averaged 11.2 ppg and led the team with 98 assists. He was named to the All-NIT second team.
Says head coach Joe Hall, "I hate to think about having to replace Larry. He does it all. He is the most effective deterrent to the press we have had in sometime, and he seems to come up with the big play when we need it. He is a dedicated worker, and a tremendous set of hands makes In. ball handling almost flawless. By getting the ball into play quickly and initiating the break, he almost single handed keeps the Kentucky fast break alive."
STATISTICS Position: Guard Class: Senior Height: 6'3" Weight: 205 Age: 22
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Sophomore DWANE CASEY from Morganfield, Kentucky is one of two second year men on the Wildcat team. The 6'2" guard has a 1.3 point per game average.
Casey saw action in 20 games and showed steady improvement throughout the year. He played a vital role in the NIT when he hit three quick baskets in the championship game against UNCC.
"Dwane definitely fits into our plans diis year," said Hall. "He worked hard diis summer on his deficiencies and it's going to pay off for him with more playing time."
STATISTICS Position: Guard Class: Sophomore Height: 6'2" Weight: 195 Age: 19
Major: Arts and Sciences
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Heading the list of returning lettennen is All-American and All-SEC forward JACK GIVENS, a silky smooth 6'4" junior southpaw who led the Cats with a 20.1 ppg average while grabbing 7.2 rebounds. Givens scored in the 30's three times and was out of double figures only three times. He became UK's second leading sophomore scorer (602), and was named to the All-NIT team.
Coach Hall says, "The hardest thing to realize about Jack i. that he is starting his junior year. We already have come to depend on his leadership and ability to come through in pressure situations. Jack's basketball maturity is his greatest asset."
Position: Forward-Guard
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Age: 20
Major: Arts and Sciences
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TRUMAN CLAYTOR capped a fine early season performance by winning Co-MVP game honors with Adrian Dantley in the annual Notre Dame shootout in Louisville. After starting eight games, he fell prey to a series of nagging injuries which seriously reduced his effectiveness. However, he returned to form and had a good NIT. His future was clouded again with the injury bug, suffering twice from broken bones in his right hand during summer playground activity. However, "T. C." seems to have recovered and has been impressive during practices.
STATISTICS Position: Guard Class: Sophomore Height: 6'1" Weight: 173 Age: 19
Major: Arts and Sciences
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JAY SHIDLER is a newcomer to the Wildcat camp from Lawrcnceville, Illinois. He was the state's top scorer at 32.7 points per game average and nine rebounds.
An all-around athlete, Shidler earned 11 letters at Lawrcncevillefour in basketball; one as a football quarterback; three in baseball, and three in track, where he holds the school record in the high jump at 6'5".
UK coach Joe B. Hall likens him to a "jump-shooting Ralph Beard," a former all-time great who performed at guard for the Wildcats in 1946-49. "Jay is a true guardah exciting player who will need little seasoning. He plays the tvpe defense effective in college basketball, is physically mature and has the skills to render an early contribution to our team.
"Jay comes from an athletic family and his personality and character will enable him to step right in and contribute to the Kentucky tradition," says Hall.
STATISTICS Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 6'1" Weight: 185 Age: 18
Major: Arts and Science
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12 MERION HASKINS30 Co-Captain
MERION HASKINS, a 6'4" senior forward who saw considerable playing time last year including two starts, is a solid fundamentalist and proven defensive player. Despite scoring only 2.3 ppg in 29 games, Haskins' leadership will play an important role in the success story of the '77 Cats.
Hall points to his value away from the ballblocking out on the boards, getting out on the break to force the defense away from the ball.
STATISTICS Position: Forward Class: Senior Height: 6'4" Weight: 205 Age: 21
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Wildcat newcomer TIM STEPHENS is from Stearns, Kentucky. He was the state's leading high school scorer in 1076' at 35.6 points per game and 18 rebounds.
"Stephens is a potential guard," says Coach Hall, "and one who can play the big guard. He is a proven quick forward and will have the opportunity to swing both posi-timis. lie and Shidler will give; us the outside shooting potential we lacked last year. They should reopen our inside game by taking the pressure off our big men."
Stephens is a two-time All-State basketball player from McCreary County High School, Whitley City, Ky. "I've lollowed I K since I was 10 years old," Stephens said. "It has been my only thought to play at Kentucky. Now that I've readied that level, I'm as excited as can be."
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Filling in for Robey last year was JAMES LEE, a junior-to-be whose speed and quickness belies his solid 6'5", 230 lb. frame. Lee started 20 games and after a slow transition, blossomed into the powerful, explosive type player which was predicted of him from prep days. His best performance came when he scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Wildcats upset sixth-ranked Alabama 90-85 on national television. He finished with a 9.3 ppg and 7.3 rebounding mean, and was named to the All-NIT second team.
"Pressed into starting duty last year when Robey was injured, James became one of the most improved players on the team," says Coach Hall. "He is a fluid, strong forward who could easily become one of the outstanding players in the conference."
STATISTICS Position: Forward Class: Junior Height: 6'5" Weight: 230 Age: 20
Major: Social Professions
Freshman LaVon WILLIAMS is from Denver, Colorado. Touted as the best prep eager ever to come out of Colorado, he was named 1976 State Tournament Player-of-the-Year.
According to Coach Hall, "Williams is a player who thrives on competitive situations. He enjoys making solid team contributions through his defensive and rebounding ability. He is a capable scorer, but contributions through other phases of. his game seem more important to him. He is a very disciplined player in his shot selection and ball handling and he really comes to play when the going gets rough. He is a winner who plays team basketball."
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RICK ROBEY is the 6'10" fiery junior competitor who averaged 15.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds at forward before missing the last half of the season with a knee injury. However, the knee has fully mended without surgery and Robey has been declared 100 per cent recovered. Failing to escape the knife completely, Robey underwent summer operations for a tonsillectomy and removal of a cyst from his hand.
According to Coach Hall, "Robey probably is the key to the improvement of our club this year. His knee injury last year and subsequent loss of a half season's play have made him that much more determined to contribute to the team this year. Rick seems to have much more scoring potential and a better understanding of the game than at any point of his career. He has developed a good feel at forward, and his inside game is tremendous as well. He is extremely agile for a big man."
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Holding down the center slot is mammoth 6'10" MIKE PHILLIPS, whose overall play showed vast improvement while scoring 15.6 points per game and leading the team in rebounding with 9.8. Phillips' single game highs were 35 points and 28 rebounds. He was selected to the All-NTT team, MVP in the Kentucky Invitational, and second team All-SEC.
"Mike," according to Coach Hall, "can be an awesome scoring machinesomeday, he is going to cut loose and pop open a lot of eyes. He needs only to develop lower body strength and control to dramatically increase his efficiency. Mike has a good variety of shots, including an accurate outside jumper."
STATISTICS Position: Center Class: Junior Height: 6'10" Weight: 235 Age: 20
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As u prepster at Peru (Ind.) High School, KYLE MACY gained All America status and was named Indiana's "Mr. Basketball" after averaging over 35 points his senior year. He was coached at Peru by his father, Robert G. Macy.
Macy, a transfer from Purdue University with a 3.16 academic average, earned a starting role at Purdue in the third game and scored 21 points. His season high came in his first Big Ten game when he popped in 38 points against Minnesota. He finished the year with a 13-plus average, while hitting 49.1 per cent from the field.
"We had recruited Kyle in high school so we know that he is an outstanding young man who will be a credit to our program at Kentucky," said Coach Hall. "He will insure us a quality person and player at his position for three years."
Macy will sit out a year of competition due to the transfer. However, he will be able to practice with the Wildcats and learn Hall's style of play.
STATISTICS Position: Guard Class: Sophomore Height: 6'3" Weight: 175 Age: 19
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University of Kentucky Wildcats Head Basketball Coach
JOE B. HALL'S record as Wildcat head coach for the past four years stands at 79-36. During the 1976 season his team won the National Invitational Tournament and ended the >ear with a 20-10 record.
Hall's coaching career began at Shepherdsville (Ky.) High School in 1956 and continued, through Regis College and Central Missouri State College before he returned to UK on July 1, 1965, as an assistant to his former coach, Adolph Rupp.
During Hall's two years at Shepherdsville, the Cougars won a Mid-Kentucky Conference title and he was named "Coach of the Year" in 1958. He then served one year as freshman coach and five years as head basketball coach at Regis College in Denver, Colo., where he was also athletic director and earned special recognition as coach of the champion independent team in the area.
While in Denver, he also coached the Capital Federal host team in the 1964 AAU tournament and was selected as head coach of the AAU Stripes in the Olympic trials at Jamaica, N. Y.
His next move was to Central Missouri, where he coached the Mules (19-6) to their first MIAA Conference championship since 1951 and their first Christmas Tournament title in history. He was named MIAA "Coach of the Year" (1964-65).
A three-letter winner and team captain in two sports in high school at Cynthiana, Ky., he played freshman basketball and one year of varsity basketball in the "Fabulous Five" era at the University before transferring to the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., where he set a school single game scoring record and was team captain. Coach Lon Varnell, upon retirement, rated Hall as No. 1 of the three best players he ever coached.
After touring Europe with the Globetrotters in 1951, Hall returned to U.K. in 1955 to complete requirements for his B.A. and later (1964) received his M.A. at Colorado State University.
Returning to U.K. again in 1965 as assistant coach and head recruiter, he was instrumental in adopting a running-conditioning program which obviously paid huge dividends as the Wildcats capitalized on speed and endurance to offset a lack of size and advance to the championship game of the NCAA Finals. Hall then successfully recruited six prep All-Americans, including all-time U.K. scoring leader Dan Issel, to form the nucleus of a varsity team that won three straight conference championships and was followed by a team that won three more consecutive SEC titles.
Hall became No. 1 varsity assistant and head freshman Coach to Rupp after Harry C. Lancaster was named permanent athletic director Feb. 1, 1969. His record with the freshmen was 60-15, including an undefeated (22-0) season (1971-72) which resulted in the Kittens being crowned National Freshman Champions by the Basketball News.
During his first season as head coach, the Wildcats won their last nine conference games to sew up the SEC title.
His ten-year coaching record is 155-92. Broken down, it shows a 57-50 five-year mark at Regis, a 19-6 record at Central Missouri, and a 79-36 four-year record at Kentucky.
A popular personality on the clinic and convention circuits, Hall also has had much international exposure. In addition to the Globetrotters tour in 1951, and the "Down Under" tour in 1974, he has helped conduct basketball clinics for the U.S. Army in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska (1968) and at Ramstein Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany and the RAF Base at Mildenhall, England in 1975. He also was Olympic-Trials coach under Hank Iba at the Air Force Academy in July 1972 and is a member of the 1976 Olympic Basketball Committee.
He is married to the former Katharine Dennis of Harrison County, Ky. They have three children, Mrs. Rick Derrickson, Kathy and Steve.
21 Coaching Assistants
DICK PARSONS, who begins his fifth year as Joe B. Hall's No. 1 assistant, returned to the University as baseball coach in 1969. Before giving up his position to join basketball on a full time basis, he molded a team (1971) which established or tied 15 school records.
A mountaineer in his own right, Parsons came to the University in 1958 after an outstanding career as a four-sports star at Harlan High School, where he had a three-year basketball scoring total of 1,276 points.
A consistent player who made few mistakes at UK, Parsons was known as a fine outside shooter and for his aggressive defense during three years as a starting guard. His career high, 21 points, came against Mississippi as a sophomore.
He was a two-time (1960-61) recipient of the coveted A. B. Chandler award, given annually for the player best exemplifying the qualities of leadership, scholarship, character and ability. Only four other Wildcats have twice been so honored since the award was originated in 1951.
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