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Date	Opponent	Site	Time*	TV
Nov. 18 (Tues.)	Yugoslavia (Exh)	LEXINGTON	7:35	UK-Delayed
Nov. 29 (Sat.)	Austin Peay	LEXINGTON	8:05	UK-LIVE
Dec.   2 (Tues.)	Texas Tech	LEXINGTON	8:05	UK-LIVE
Dec.  6 (Sat.)	Indiana	Bloomington	2:05	UK-LIVE
Dec. 13 (Sat.)	Lamar	LEXINGTON	8:05	UK-LIVE
Dec. 19 (Fri.)	UKIT-(Texas A&M vs. Boston U)	LEXINGTON	6:30	
	(Kentucky vs. lona)		9:05	UK-LIVE
Dec. 20 (Sat.)	UKIT-Consolation Game	LEXINGTON	6:30	
	Championship Game		9:05	UK-LIVE
Dec. 27 (Sat.)	Louisville	Louisville	4:05	CBS
Dec. 30 (Tues.)	Georgia	Louisville	7:35	UK-Delayed
Jan.  3 (Sat.)	Auburn	Auburn	8:30	
Jan.   7 (Wed.)	Alabama	LEXINGTON	8:05	SEC
Jan. 10 (Sat.)	Tennessee	Knoxville	7:30	
Jan. 12 (Mon.)	Mississippi State	Starkville	8:30	
Jan. 14 (Wed.)	Florida	LEXINGTON	7:35	UK-Delayed
Jan. 18 (Sun.)	LSU	LEXINGTON	2:05	ABC
Jan. 21 (Wed.)	Vanderbilt	Nashville	8:05	SEC
Jan. 25 (Sun.)	Navy	LEXINGTON	2:05	ABC
Jan. 28 (Wed.)	Ole Miss	Oxford	8:30	
Jan. 31 (Sat.)	Mississippi State	LEXINGTON	1:05	SEC
Feb.  4 (Wed.)	Auburn	LEXINGTON	8:05	SEC
Feb.   7 (Sat.)	Alabama	Tuscaloosa	1:05	NBC
Feb. 11 (Wed.)	Tennessee	LEXINGTON	7:35	UK-Delayed
Feb. 14 (Sat.)	Florida	Gainesville	1:05	SEC
Feb. 18 (Wed.)	Vanderbilt	LEXINGTON	7:35	UK-Delayed
Feb. 21 (Sat.)	LSU	Baton Rouge	1:05	NBC
Feb. 25 (Wed.)	Georgia	Athens	8:05	SEC
Feb. 28 (Sat.)	Ole Miss	LEXINGTON	7:35	UK-Delayed
Mar.   1 (Sun.)	Oklahoma	LEXINGTON	Noon	CBS
Mar.   5-8 (Thurs.-Sun.)	SEC Tournament	Atlanta		
* - All Times p.m. Eastern Standard
TABLE OF CONTENTS
All - Americans....................................................................114
All - Time Results .................,..............................................133
Coaches' Records .................................................................95
Coaching Staff.......................................................................12
Former Players .....................................................................112
Hagan, Cliff ............................................................................4
Honors .........................:.......................................................117
Japan Trip '86 .......................................................................88
Lettermen............................................................................ 121
Media Information..................................................................2
NCAA Information................................................................97
Opponent Profiles ................................................................35
Outlook .................................................................................10
Player Profiles .......................................................................19
Polls (wire service) ..............................................................104
Radio/TV Networks .............................................................158
Records..............................................................................125
Review of 85-86 Season........................................................61
Road Headquarters ..'.............................................................54
Roster....................................................................................32
Rupp Arena ............*............................................................82
Southeastern Conference ......................................................75
Statistical Leaders................................................................129
Telephone Directory ............................................................151
Tournament Information ......................................................111
Tradition ...............................................................................92
UKIT Record .......................................................................108
University of Kentucky ........................................................145
Wildcats in the Pros ............................................................118
CREDITS
Designed, researched, written and edited by Brad Davis with editorial assistance by Ron Juanso, Warren Havens and Joyce Baxter. Typesetting and layout by Studio II, Lexington, Ky. Color separations by Computer Color Corp., Lexington, Ky. Printing by Gateway Press, Louisville, Ky.
Photography by UK Photo Services (John Mitchell, Ken Goad, Bill Wells); Jim Bradley, sports photographer, Dallas, Texas; Ken Weaver; Bill Strauss; Tom Woods II; Jim Jennings; David Coyle; Chuck Perry; Brad Davis; and John Folz.
ON THE COVER: Wildcat head coach Eddie Sutton is carried off the floor after his team captured the championship of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Rupp Arena. UK won its 36th SEC regular-season title, which was commemorated by the beautiful ring pictured. The University heads into the 1986-87 season with a new official University logo, which has been trademarked and copyrighted. (Cover photo by Ken Weaver.)
 MEDIA INFORMATION
TO THE MEDIA:
It is often said that basketball is a year-round sport here in the Commonwealth. That's certainly true. But it doesn't diminish the excitement that spreads throughout Kentucky in the late fall and winter months as our second "religion" hits full stride.
As the 84th season of Kentucky basketball gets underway, the magic of last year's 32-4 record has Wildcat fans wailing to see what Coach Eddie Sutton's troops can do for an encore.
The Kentucky sports information staff is once again looking forward to working with our friends in the media during the 1986-87 season. This media guide was designed to assist you while covering the Wildcats and we welcome your comments and suggestions for improvements. Your contact at our office for Kentucky basketball will once again be Brad Davis.
Mere's to a great 1986-87 basketball season  for the Kentucky Wildcats, and for you.
WORKING MEDIA CREDENTIALS
Credentials for UK home games are issued for working media only and should be requested as early as possible. Requests must be made in writing on company letterhead and are honored only from sports editors of daily newspapers and sports directors of radio and television stations. Requests from weekly newspapers and radio stations will be accepted only from those who will be attending games in a working capacity and will be filled on a space-available basis. All requests for media credentials should be made to: Brad Davis, Assistant SID, Memorial Coliseum, Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY 40506-0019. Passes will be held at the media Will Call gate, located on the Patterson Street Entrance to Rupp Arena. Credentials are not available at the public Will Call window on the High Street Concourse Level. A limited number of parking passes are available and should be requested at the time of requesting credentials.
PHOTOGRAPHERS  The photo zones are appropriately marked on the Rupp Arena floor. Because of space demands, shooting on
UK SPORTS INFORMATION STAFF
From left: Russell Rice (Director); Joyce Baxter (Staff Assistant); Rena Vicini (Assistant Director); Brad Davis (Assistant Director)
the press row sideline is permitted at Rupp Arena with the game officials determining the boundaries (because various officials have different "do's and don'ts" regarding photographers on the side).
MEDIA ROOM  The media room is located in the Rupp Arena dressing room area, behind the visitor's bench. Working facilities, with necessary outlets and a limited number of telephones, are available. A pre-game snack will be served. Drinks will be available at halftime and after the game.
MEDIA SERVICES  The University of Kentucky uses the sophisticated "Final III" computer statistics system, which was used during the last two NCAA Final Fours. Working media will be provided with the following:
Game program and notes Shot Charts Complete play-by-play Halftime Stats Final Stats
Coaches' and Players' Quotes Electronic media (radio and TV) will be provided with a statistics monitor at their location for instant access to the stats during the game.
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY SPORTS INFORMATION PHONE DIRECTORY
Office: (606) 257-3838
HOME NUMBERS:
Rice: (606) 223-5639 Davis: (606) 277-4005 Vicini: (606) 278-7773 Baxter: (606) 734-4736
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RADIO BROADCASTS - Broadcasting rights to UK games are assigned exclusively to the UK Network. One reciprocal rights fee waiver is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington.
TELEPHONES - A limited number of telephones are available in the Rupp Arena media room. Newspapers and radio stations desiring their own private lines, to be installed either on press row or in the media room, should contact General Telephone (606-223-9422).
POST-GAME INTERVIEWS  An interview room is located adjacent to the media room. After the 10-minute cooling-off period, Coach Eddie Sutton and two Wildcat players will be brought to the interview room. The visiting coach will follow, if he is agreeable.
KENTUCKY LOCKER ROOM POLICY 
After the 10-minute cooling-off period, the UK locker room will be open to all members of the media for a 15-minute period. After this time, the locker room wil be closed to the media so the players can shower.
WEEKLY MEDIA LUNCHEON  Coach Eddie Sutton will host a weekly news conference/luncheon at the Wildcat Lodge. The exact schedule will be available at the Sports Information Office.
PRACTICES  Media representatives are welcome at Wildcat practice sessions. Since practices are held at both Rupp Arena and Memorial Coliseum, it is advisable to call the sports information office to determine the practice site for a particular day.
PLAYER INTERVIEWS  We encourage you to interview our players. The best time to interview players is from 2:40  2:55 p.m. Please arrange lengthy, feature-type interviews through the sports information office. All telephone interviews must also be arranged through the sports information office, in compliance with NCAA regulations.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Sports Information: (606) 257-3838 Basketball Office: (606) 257-1916
(Best Time to Reach
Coach Sutton: 11 a.m.  1 p.m.) Rupp Arena Press Row: (606) 252-3602 Brad Davis at Home:    (606) 277-4005 UK Ticket Office: (606) 257-1818
Rupp Arena: (Management Offices)
(606) 233-4567
 ATHLETICS DIRECTOR
CLIFF HAGAN
The new $700,000-plus Hilary J. Boone Indoor Tennis Center is in operation, the $5.5 million E.J. Nutter Football Training Center is under construction and a new $5 million-plus natatorium is in the works as Cliff Hagan begins his 11th year as University of Kentucky athletics director.
The first two projects were made possible by donations of $250,000 by Mr. Boone and $65,000 by the Humana Foundation for the tennis facility, and donations of one million dollars by Mr. Nutter and $250,000 by Central Kentucky horseman Seth Hancock and additional contributions by fans and alumni for the football facility, plus matching funds from the Athletics Department.
The swimming facility, financed by a grant from the Athletics Department will be named after former Wildcat athletics director Harry C. Lancaster, who died last year.
Projects completed in 1985 include:
  A beautiful recruiting-entertaining lounge and two large storage rooms in the Football Offices complex at Commonwealth Stadium.
  Replacement of 120 yards of artificial turf and the addition of 40 more yards of turf on one of the main practice fields at Shively Sports Center.
  A new weight room and completely revamped training room in Memorial Coliseum.
  New dressing facilities for women at Shively Sports Center.
  New computerized program for the Ticket Office.
  The installation of computers in the Sport Information Office, which scored a "first" by using up-to-the-minute computerized stats at the 1985 "Final Four." Computerized stats also were featured at UK home football games last fall.
On the "games" side, UK last spring hosted the SEC Basketball Tournament and the Women's NCAA Final Four basketball tournament.
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PERSONAL DATA
Full Name: Clifford Oldham Hagan, born Dec. 8, 1931, at Owensboro, KY, son of Wilbur and Mable Ashley Hagan. Wife: The former Martha Milton of Owensboro; married Sept. 4, 1954. Children: Mrs. Barry "Lisa" Thaxton, Louisville Mrs. Jim "Laurie" Hill, Lexington; Mrs. Ron "Amy" Burdette, Decatur, AL, and Kip, a recent graduate Transylvania University, where he earned basketball and tennis letters.
EDUCATIONAL
High School: Graduated Owensboro High School, in middle of 1949-50 school year.
College: Graduated University of Kentucky (1954) with "High Distinction," compiling 2.7 out of possible 3.0 GPA (Phys. Ed.); twice selected among Top Ten students in College of Education; named "Outstanding Senior" in that college; member Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Government, Baptist Student Union & Fellowship of Christian Athletes. M.S. in education from Washington University in 1958. Service: Two years commissioned officer in U.S. Air Force.
ATHLETICS
High School: Led Owensboro to 1949 State Championship, scoring 41 points in final game, which years later was voted greatest individual performance in history of that tournament. College: UK All-American on teams that won 86 of 91 games, including 1951 NCAA championship and undefeated season in 1954 (co-captain); set dozen SEC records, NCAA record for most rebounds (528) in season; UK record 51 points vs Temple.
Service: Led Andrews Air Force Base to two World Wide Air Force championships; All-Service honors both years. Professional: Ten years with St. Louis Hawks, scoring 12,437 points in 672 games (18.5); five East-West All-Star games, NBA second All-League twice, All-Pro 1957-62 inclusive on teams that won six division, one world championship; set NBA record for most field goals scored (12) in single quarter. Coaching: Player-coach of the Dallas Chapparals, finishing career with 14,908 points; Texas "Coach of the Year" in 1958.
HONORS
1965  Herbert Hoover Boys Club organized in Owensboro and named Cliff Hagan Boys Club of America. 1978  First UK player installed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1974  Hall of Fame Magazine's All-America second team for 1951-73 period; Orlando (FL) Sentinal-Star's All-Time SEC first team; Inside Kentucky Sports Magazine's All-Time Player in Kentucky.
1975  Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame; UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni; UK Centennial "K" Medallion
1984 - Recipient of prestigious "Boys Club" Medallion.
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UK FIELDS 19 TEAMS IN INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS
KENTUCKY'S FACILITIES AMONG NATION'S FINEST
INDOOR TENNIS CENTER
COMMONWEALTH STADIUM
GROUNDBREAKING FOR $6 MILLION HARRY C. LANCASTER AQUATIC CENTER E.J. NUTTER FOOTBALL TRAINING CENTER (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)_     OUTLOOK
1986-87 Kentucky Outlook
While the loss of consensus All-America forward Kenny Walker leaves a considerable gap to fill, even Coach Eddie Sutton admits the cupboard is far from bare at the University of Kentucky. In his first season as the Wildcat head coach last year, Sutton took a team picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference and guided it to a 32-4 record, a Southeastern Conference championship, an SEC tournament title, a spot in the NCAA Tournament "Final Eight" and a third-place national ranking. For his efforts, Sutton was named national "Coach of the Year" by the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Sutton will be hard-pressed to match those accomplishments in 86-87. Gone are Kenny Walker, a national "Player of the Year" candidate who averaged 20.0 points and 7.7 rebounds a game; Roger Harden, a playmak-ing guard who set a UK record with 232 assists and averaged 6. 8 points a game; and the popular Leroy Byrd, a 5-5 guard whose aggressive antics excited Wildcat fans. The three represent a loss of 28.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Sutton will look to three returning starters for leadership in 86-87  forward Winston Bennett and guards Ed Davender and James Blackmon.
Bennett earned All-SEC honors last season as the Wildcats' second-leading scorer (12.7) and re-bounder (7.0). The 6-7 forward from Louisville, Ky., enters his senior season as the most consistent
returnee from 85-86, having scored in double figures in 28 of UK's 36 games last year. Bennett is an excellent defensive player, usually drawing the assignment guarding the opponent's best front-line player.
Davender was the third-leading scorer for the Wildcats in 85-86, averaging 11.5 points a contest. The 6-2 junior guard from Brooklyn, N.Y, was the second-leading assist man for the Wildcats and Coach Eddie Sutton calls Davender "one of the best defensive players in the country." He led the Wildcats in steals last season with 59.
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Head Coach: Eddie Sutton (Oklahoma State, 1958)
Record at Kentucky: 32-4 (1 season)
Career Record: 174-129 (17 seasons)
Assistant Coaches: James Dickey (Central Arkansas, 1976) Dwane Casey (Kentucky, 1979) Doug Barnes (Oklahoma State, 1968) Wayne Breeden (Kentucky, 1983)
1985-86 Record: 32-4
Conference Record and Finish: 17-1 (Champion) 1985-86 Post-Season Play: 3-1 (NCAA) Starters Lost:
Kenny Walker (6-7, Forward, 20.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg) Roger Harden (6-1, Guard, 6.8 ppg, 6.4 apg) Manors Returning:
Winston Bennett (6-7 Senior Forward, 12.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) Ed Davender (6-2 Junior Guard, 11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg) James Blackmon (6-3 Senior Guard, 9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
Other Top Returnees: Richard Madison (6-7 Junior Forward, 4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg) Cedric Jenkins (6-9 Junior Forward/Center, 3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg) Robert Lock (6-10 Junior Center, 2.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
Top Newcomers: Rex Chapman (6-4, 175. Freshman Guard, 25.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg) Derrick Miller (6-6, 170, Freshman Guard/Forward, 26.5 ppg, 11.1 rpg)
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Blackmon enjoyed by far his best season as a Wildcat in 85-86, averaging 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds as contest. The 6-3 senior from Marion, Ind., played the "third-guard" spot in Sutton's unique three-guard lineup last season. Blackmon dramatically improved his shooting touch form 41.2 percent in 84-85 to 48.8 percent last year. He was the third-leading assist man with 77 and was second in steals with 49.
Other returnees include front-line players Cedric Jenkins (6-9, Jr., 3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg), Richard Madison (6-7, Jr., 4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Rob Lock (6-11, Jr., 2.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg), Todd Ziegler (6-7, Jr., 2.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg), and Irving Thomas (6-7, So., 1.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg)
Jenkins developed into a solid contributor late in the
season and was a key to Kentucky's late-season tournament success. The Dawson, Ga., native gave the Wildcats some much-needed help at the center position during the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. Madison, considered by Sutton, "the purest athlete on the squad," suffered from inconsistent play during 85-86, but certainly has the ability to earn all-star credentials.
The only returning guard in addition to Blackmon and Davender is 6-3 senior Paul Andrews, who averaged 1.7 points a game last season.
Sutton welcomes an excellent crop of recruits to the UK campus this fall, including guard Rex Chapman and swingman Derrick Miller.
Chapman earned "Mr. Basketball" honors in Kentucky last season, averaging 25.6 points and 8.3 rebounds a game for Owensboro Apollo High School. The 6-4, 175-pound Chapman was a consensus Prep All-American last year and was regarded by some observers as the best guard prospect in the nation.
Miller, a 6-6, 170 pound guard/forward, averaged 26.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game for Bible Baptist School in Savannah, Ga., last season, earning first-team All-State honors.
Kentucky enters the 86-87 season as the winn-ingest team in college basketball. Through the years, the Wildcats have won 1,408 games while losing only 440. That's a winning percentage of 76.2. Kentucky has not suffered a losing season in 58 years, the longest such streak in the country.
During it illustrious history, Kentucky has captured five NCAA titles, two NIT titles and 36 Southeastern Conference crowns.
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Eddie Sutton faces a formidable task in 1986-87  coming up with an encore to last season. In his first year as the head coach of the Wildcats, all Sutton did was:
  lead UK to a 32-4 record and a spot among the Final Eight in the NCAA Tournament. The 1985-86 Wildcat squad became only the sixth team in UK history to win 30-or-more games.
  lead the Wildcats to a 17-1 Southeastern Conference record, giving Kentucky its 36th league title. Before the season, UK was picked to finish third in the SEC. Instead, the Cats dominated the league, winning the title by a four-game margin.
  lead the Cats to the Southeastern Conference Tournament title, giving UK the distinction of being the only school that has won two SEC Tournament crowns since the renewal of the event in 1979.
  earn National "Coach of the Year" honors from the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
  earn Southeastern Conference "Coach of the Year" honors from AP and UPI.
In compiling such a record, Sutton became by far the most successful first-year coach in NCAA history. Not that that should be such a surprise, since any list of the nation's top five coaches in recent years has always included the UK mentor.
When Sutton was named Kentucky's head coach April 2, 1985, becoming only the third coach in 55 years at UK, little did he or Kentucky's fans realize the immediate impact the Bucklin, Kansas, native would have on the Wildcat program.
Sutton inherited a team that compiled an 18-13 worksheet in 1984-85 and promptly went to work. What the 1958 Oklahoma State graduate did was nothing short of amazing.
EDDIE SUTTON'S COACHING RECORD
	TOTALS		
1970-74	Creighton (5 yrs.)	82-50	.621
1975-85	Arkansas (11 yrs.)	260-75	.776
1986	Kentucky (1 year)	32- 4	.889
1970-86	17 years	374-129	.744
He molded a group without a dominating big man into one of the powerhouses in the country. The squad with three guards utilized its speed, quickness and smothering man-to-man defense to become a team that captured the imagination of Kentucky fans like no other team since the famous "Rupp's Runts" in 1965-66.
By season's end, the Wildcats were ranked third in most national polls and received the number one seed in the Southeast Regional. UK won three games (over Davidson, Western Kentucky and Alabama) before losing to LSU in the championship game of the regional in Atlanta. That championship game marked the 23rd time last season Kentucky faced an SEC opponent. Of those 23 games, UK won 21.
Kentucky's domination of the SEC was even more impressive when considering that four SEC teams advanced to the NCAA Final 16, with three (UK, Auburn and LSU) advancing to the Final Eight. The league was represented in the Final Four (LSU) for the fourth time in the last six years.
Eddie and Patsy Sutton with sons (I. to r.) Sean, Scott and Steve.
In guiding the Wildcats to an NCAA Tournament berth, Sutton now holds a record that only North Carolina's Dean Smith can match  he has guided a team to college basketball's showcase for 10 straight years now. His overall NCAA Tournament record now stands at 15-11.
During the last 10 seasons, Sutton is the second-winningest coach in the nation, behind only Carolina's Smith.
Sutton's reputation as a "miracle-worker" didn't begin in Lexington. Prior to becoming Kentucky's head man, Sutton spent 11 years at Arkansas, where he took the Razorbacks from the basement of the Southwest Conference to a pernen-nial national power.
After taking the Arkansas job in 1974, Sutton immediately worked wonders, guiding his first two teams to 17-9 and 19-9 records. Sutton got the Razorbacks in the NCAA tournament in 1977 and they stayed there the rest of his tenure in Fayetteville.
Sutton also holds a distinction of being one of only 25 active college coaches who have both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament. As a senior at Oklahoma State in
Year	School
1970	Creighton
1971	Creighton
1972	Creighton
1973	Creighton
1974	Creighton
1975	Arkansas
1976	Arkansas
1977	Arkansas
1978	Arkansas
1979	Arkansas
1980	Arkansas
1981	Arkansas
1982	Arkansas
1983	Arkansas
1984	Arkansas
1985	Arkansas
1986	Kentucky
Record	Pet.
15-10	.600
14-11	.560
15-11	.577
15-12	.556
23- 6	.793
17- 9	.654
19- 9	.679
26- 2	.929
32-4	.889
25- 5	.833
21- 8	.724
24- 8	.750
23- 6	.793
26-4	.867
25- 7	.781
22-13	.629
32- 4	.889
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1958, Sutton scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in three games in helping OSU reach the finals of the Midwest Regional. He scored eights points in Oklahoma State's 65-40 NCAA Tournament win over the team he would eventually coach, Arkansas.
While winning nearly 78 percent of the time, Sutton's Razorback teams averaged nearly 24 victories a season and won five Southwest Conference titles.
His overall (77.6) and Southwest Conference (79.7) winning percentages are league records that may never be approached. His overall record at Arkansas was 260-75. He earned national "Coach of the Year" honors twice while at Arkansas (1977 and 1978) and was named the SWC "Coach of the Year" four times.
Sutton created a monster in the Ozarks. His teams were nearly impossible to defeat at Bar-nhill Arena, Arkansas' on-campus home. Under Sutton's direction, the Hogs were 121-8 at Barnhill, a stunning percentage of .932.
His first UK team last year continued that tradition, as the Wildcats were undefeated in 18 games at Lexington's Rupp Arena.
Sutton learned his trade as a player, then graduate assistant coach for the legendary Henry Iba at Oklahoma State. He graduated
119-51 record in six years from 1961-62 through 1966-67. In 1967, he took over at Southern Idaho Junior College, a school that had never fielded a basketball team before. In three short years, Sutton compiled a remarkable 83-14 record.
His first major college test came in 1970, when he accepted the'head coaching job at Creighton University. By 1974, Sutton had bui It a powerhouse  a team with a 23-6 record and ranked 14th in the polls. He spent five years at Creighton, compiling an 82-50 record and establishing himself as one of the finest young coaches in the game, before moving on to Arkansas for the 1974-75 season.
In 26 years of coaching high school, junior college and
from OSU (then Oklahoma A&M) in 1958 and received his master's degree from the school in 1959.
His first full-time coaching job came at Tulsa (Okla.) Central High School, where he built a
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college teams, Sutton has a record of 576-194. His major college record now stands at 374-129.
Another tribute to Sutton's success is the number of head coaches he has turned out. Gene Keady (Purdue), Pat Foster (Houston), Bill Brown (California State-Sacremento), Tom Apke (Appalachian State) and Leonard Hamilton (Oklahoma State) are head coaches who were one-time Sutton assistants.
Off the court, Eddie Sutton has always emphasized discipline and academics. Nearly 90 percent of the players who have completed four years under Sutton have earned degrees. He develops close relationships with his players, evidenced by the fact that players frequently stop by his office
WINNINGEST ACTIVE DIVISION I MEN'S COACHES BY PERCENTAGE
Coach, Institution	Yrs.	Won	Lost	Pet.
Jerry Tarkanian, Nev.- Las Vegas	18	436	98	.816
Dean Smith, North Carolina	25	579	171	.772
Denny Crum, Louisville	15	370	114	.764
Larry Brown, Kansas	5	120	38	.759
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse	10	230	77	.749
Lou Carnesecca, St. John's	18	402	136	.747
Eddie Sutton, Kentucky	17	374	129	.744
John Thompson, Georgetown	14	321	115	.736
Pat Foster, Houston	6	134	49	.732
Bobby Knight, Indiana	21	438	165	.726
Nolan Richardson, Arkansas	6	131	53	.712
Gale Gatlett, West Virginia	14	292	124	.702
Charles Driesell, Maryland	26	524	224	.701
Jim Boyle, St. Joseph's (Pa.)	5	105	45	.700
Digger Phelps, Notre Dame	16	326	141	.698
Don Corbett, North Carolina A&T	15	293	128	.696
Butch van Breda Kolff, Lafayette	20	358	158	.694
Don Haskins	25	468	208	.692
Dick Berg, Hofstra	18	362	162	.691
Paul Evans, Pittsburgh	13	245	110	.690
to chat. His open-door policy makes him accessible to those around him and hardly a day goes by that a former player doesn't call to talk with Sutton.
On the court, Sutton's success has been built on what he calls the "three D's  dedication, discipline and defense." The Wildcats' practice jersies and pants have those three words stitched on them, providing the players with a constant reminder of Sutton's way to success.
Sutton also has an enviable record of turning out professional players. In his 11 years at Arkansas, Sutton produced seven players who are still active in the NBA, Sidney Mon-crief, Ron Brewer, Alvin Robertson, Darrell Walker, Tony Brown, Scott Hastings and Joe Kleine have all enjoyed suc-cesful pro careers. Kentucky's Kenny Walker and Roger Harden joined that list last spring.
A nationally-known clinician and speaker, Sutton is also very active in various professional organizations. He has been a member of the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee and currently serves as First Vice-President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He will become President of the NABC at the Final Four in New Orleans next March. Sutton also serves on the Board of Directors of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Sutton is active in various charity organizations and makes numerous appearances for charitable causes.
The 50-year-old Sutton and his wife Patsy have three sons  Steve, a 21-year-old senior at UK; Sean, a 18-year-old senior at Lexington Henry Clay High School; and Scott, a 16-year-old sophomore at Henry Clay.
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JAMES DICKEY Assistant Coach
Considered one of the top young assistants in the country, James Dickey has assisted Eddie Sutton for five years now  four at Arkansas and one at Kentucky. Razorback and Wildcat teams have compiled a remarkable 128-34 record and all have advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Dickey and Sutton's instruction.
Dickey joined the Wildcat staff in April, 1985, shortly after Sutton was named as the UK head coach. Considered an excellent on-court instructor and bench strategist, Dickey has also forged a reputation as an outstanding recruiter.
In his first season at Kentucky, the Wildcats were one of the Cinderella teams in the country, defying the odds-makers to compile a 32-4 record and advance to the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The 1985-86 Cats captured the school's 36th Southeastern Conference championship with a 17-1 league record and also won the SEC Tournament title. Kentucky finished the season ranked third nationally in most polls.
Dickey joined Sutton's Arkansas staff in 1981-82 and spent two years as a part-time assistant before being elevated to full-time status for the remaining two years in Fayetteville. Arkansas compiled a 96-30 record and won a Southwest Conference championship while Dickey was an assistant. The Razorbacks competed in the NCAA tournament each of his four years there.
Dickey attended Valley Springs High School in Valley Spring, Ark. He played basketball for three years and as a senior earned All-State honors. Dickey then went to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., where he was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter.
After graduating from Central Arkansas in 1976, Dickey spent one year as an assistant coach at Harding College in Searcy, Ark., while working on his Master's Degree. He then spent two years as head
Dwane Casey
James and Bettye Dickey
basketball coach at Harding Academy in Searcy and in 1978 was named district "Coach of the Year" after his team won its conference championship.
After his stint at Harding Academy, Dickey returned to Central Arkansas as an assistant coach and spent two years there before moving to Arkansas in 1981.
The 32-year-old Dickey is married to the former Bettye Fiscus of Wynne, Ark.
DWANE CASEY Assistant Coach
Former University of Kentucky basketball player Dwane Casey joined the Wildcat staff April 18, 1986 after serving five seasons as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky Unive