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Table Of Contents
Governor Carroll _____________________________________________________________________ 2
Mayor Pettit_________________________________________________________________________ 2
University of Kentucky_______________________________________________________3-4
UK Athletics Department__________________________________________________ 4
Kentucky Coaching Staff__________________________________________________5-7
University of Kentucky Wildcats 1976-1977 ____________________9-10
Meet The Wildcats
Larry Johnson ___________________________________________________________________11
Dwane Casey________________________________________________________________________12
Jack Givens _____________________________________________________________________13
Truman Claytor___________________________________________________________________14
Jay Shidler ____________________________________________________________________15
Merion Haskins _________________________________________________________________16
Tim Stephens _______________________________________________________________________17
James Lee _________________________________________________________________________34
LaVon Williams _________________________________________________________________35
Rick Robey ______________________________________________________________________36
Mike Phillips_______________________________________________________________________37
Kyle Macy _______________________________________________________________________38
This Weeks SEC ______________________________________________________..........22
"Cawood Reflects" ______________________________________________________......23
Scorecard____________________________________________________________________________24-25
Opponent____________________________________________________________________________26-32
UK Sports Information Department--------------------.------------41
Rupp Arena Information-----------------------------------------------45-47
Student Government Code of Conduct--------------------------------48
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1 JULIAN M. CARROLL
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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H. FOSTER PETTIT served two years as mayor of the City of Lexington and was a leader in the consolidation of the ciu 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-Year 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.
2 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
LOCATIONLexington, Kentucky FOUNDED1865
ENROLLMENT20,549 (on campus) 17,000 (at 13 Community Colleges) HOME ARENARupp Arena
NICKNAMEWildcats CONFERENCESoutheastern PRESIDENTDr. Otis A. Singletary ATHLETIC DIRECTORCliff Hagan HEAD COACHJoe B. Hall
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NO.	NAME	POS.	CLASS	HT.	WT.	AGE	EXP.	HOMETOWN
12	"Larry Johnson	C	Sr.	6- 2	205	22	3L	Morganfield, Ky.
20	Dwane Casey	G	So.	6- 2	195	19	1L	Morganfield, Ky.
21	Jack Givens	F	Jr.	6- 3	205	22	3L	Lexington, Ky.
22	Truman Claytor	C	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, Ky
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.
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LARRY JOHNSON12 Co-Captain
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 his 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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DWANE CASEY20
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 this year," said Hall. "He worked hard this 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
i JACK GIVENS21
Heading the list of returning lettermen 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 is 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."
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TRUMAN CLAYTOR22
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
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JAY SHIDLER is a newcomer to the Wildcat camp from Lawrenceville, 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 Lawrencevillefour 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 guardan exciting player who will need little seasoning. He plays the type 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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15 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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16 TIM STEPHENS31
Wildcat newcomer TIM STEPHENS is from Stearns, Kentucky. He was the state's leading high school scorer in 1976 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 positions. He 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 followed UK since I was 10 years old," Stephens said. "It has been my only thought to play at Kentucky. Now that I've reached that level, I'm as excited as can be."
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 1975-76 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY BASKETBALL STATISTICS
(Thirty GamesFINAL)
Plaver	G	MTN	FG-FGA	PCT	FT-FTA		PCT	REB-A	A	PF-D	PTS	AVE	TO
Givens	30	1068	243-494	49.2	116-140		82.9	216-7.2	81	80-0	602	20.1	76
Phillips	30	874	199-367	54.2	69-117		59.0	295-9.8	22	93-5	467	15.6	97
Johnson	30	1072	136-304	44.7	64-	89	71.9	165-5.5	98	99-3	336	11.2	81
Lee	30	783	116-236	49.2	47-	77	61.9	220-7.3	41	105-8	279	9.3	92
Robey	12	357	73-130	56.2	41-	56	73.2	90-7.5	17	39-4	187	15.6	35
Warford	28	636	77-165	46.7	28-	37	75.7	31-1.1	68	67-3	182	6.5	46
Claytor	28	542	70-178	39.3	28-	36	77.8	26-0.9	32	44-0	168	6.0	45
Fowler	25	234	32- 65	49.2	25-	37	67.6	44-1.8	7	43-1	89	3.6	13
Haskins	29	302	20- 44	45.5	27-	35	77.1	43-1.5	10	21-0	67	2.3	25
Casey	20	144	10- 27	37.0	5-	9	55.6	13-0.7	12	20-0	25	1.3	11
Holland	9	30	1- 2	50.0	3-	4	75.0	1-0.1	3	4-0	5	0.6	2
Hallf	9	98	4- 14	28.6	0-	0		19.2.1	3	17-1	8	0.9	9
Ramsey |	2	8	0- 1		0-	0		3-1.5	0	0-0	0		6
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8 WEDNESDAY
Readings by members of the Patterson Literary Society. King Library North Rare Book Room, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Free and open to the public. Directed by Karen Roloff, UK Department of Human Communication.
9 THURSDAY
Seminar entitled "Coping with Women's Health Problems." Sponsored by the UK Office of Continuing Education for Women. The speaker will be Dr. John W. Greene, Jr., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UK College of Medicine, Alumni Gym Lounge, 11 a.m. to Noon. Free and open to the public.
LECTURES
14 TUESDAY
"Cancer: A View as We Grow Older," Dr. Jon Gockerman, Assistant Professor, UK College of Medicine. Sponsored by Sanders-Brown Kentucky Research Center on Aging and the UK Council on Aging. Student Center Theatre, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
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7 TUESDAY
At Random Series, "Appalachia, My Sorrow," and "An Evening with Merlin Finch," Lab Theatre, UK Fine Arts Building, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Free and open to the public.
CONCERTS
3 FRIDAY
Herbie Hancock, (jazz concert), Memorial Coliseum, 8 p.m. Admission $4. Tickets available in Rm. 203, UK Student Center.
UK Chorus, Donald Ivey, director, Memorial Hall, 8:15 p.m. 5 SUNDAY
UK Choristers and Chorale, Harry Clarke and Janet Mc-Ewan, conducting, Memorial Hall, 3 p.m.
Recital, Collegium Musicum, Newman Center, 320 Rose Lane, 8:15 p.m.
ART EXHIBITS THROUGH DECEMBER 10
Bicentennial Postcard Exhibition, UK Barnhart Gallery, 672 South Broadway (Reynolds Building), Rm 224. Display of postcards from across the nation. Free admission. Monday through Friday, Noon to 5 p.m.
BASKETBALL
2 THURSDAY
UK vs. Texas Christian, Rupp Arena, Lexington Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.
4 SATURDAY
Lady Kats vs. Tennessee Tech, Memorial Coliseum, 1 p.m. 11 SATURDAY
UK vs. Kansas, Rupp Arena, Lexington Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.
17-18 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
UK Invitational Tournament, Rupp Arena, Lexington Civic Center, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. each night. Ticket books are $8. Participants are UK, Bowling Green State U. (Ohio), Utah and West Virginia.
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COMMUNITY COLLEGES
The University of Kentucky has 13 community colleges scattered across the state at Ashland . . . Henderson . . . Cumberland (Southeast) . . . Elizabethtown . . . Prestons-burg . . . Hopkinsville . . . Somerset . . . Louisville (Jefferson) . . . Paducah