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Kentucky, Notre Dame Clash On Television
It's showdown time in collegiate basketball although it's the first national television game of the season this Saturday as Kentucky and Notre Dame square off before almost 17,000 fans at Louisville's Freedom Hall and a nationally televised audience of millions over the NBC network.
Kentucky will carry the nation's number one ranking into the game and Notre Dame will arrive with thoughts of knocking the Wildcats from the ranks of the unbeaten.
The Fighting Irish would have entered the game as the nation's number two club had it not been for a one-point upset loss at Indiana last week, the same Hoosier team which fell to Kentucky 78-64 earlier this month in Lexington.
Tip-off will be just a few minutes past 4 p.m., Easter time.
ing the Adolph Rupp Trophy Room at
the Lexington Civic Center. Worcf is the group is now ready to begin work on a memorial to the great UK coach. Coach   Rupp's   personal belongings were   removed   from   his Memorial Coliseum office the week after his funeral. His son, Herky, and some close family members loaded up all the trophies, plaques, pictures and etc. There's been no decision on what Rupp's office will be used for in the future. . . . The UKIT has to be one of the   richest   tourneys   in   the land, grossing some  $200,000  each year when it is sold out. To date, each visiting team in the tourney gets a flat $10,000 to play in the event, and the school has to pay for its own expenses from that fee. There are about 10,000 seats in the lower arena and those tickets go for $10 for the tourney, while some 13,000 seats in upper level sell at $4  per  ticket  for  the  event (both sessions). UK assistant athletics di-
rector Larry Ivy says there are about 350 total complimentary tickets issued to visiting teams and other officials. . . . The first Fan Poll results out of Chapel   Hill,   North   Carolina, has Kentucky (of all schools) in first place, writes W.C. Forrester of High Point, North Carolina, an avid Kentucky fan. The Wildcats received 102 first place votes out of 242 ballots. North Carolina was second with 83 first place votes and   Notre   Dame   was   third and Marquette fourth.  .  .   . After Tennessee defeated Georgia State 84-62 recently, State coach Roger Couch, a former Vanderbilt assistant, said Vol fans had better get used to hard times in the SEC this season. "This is the most inexperienced Tennessee team I have seen in 10 years, and the most beatable in Knoxville that I can ever remember," said the Georgia State mentor. Couch said he was making his remarks for the benefit of potential critics of Cliff Wettig, who is directing
HITS AND MISSES .... Former UK aide Jim Long, now with University of Las Vegas, says Vegas is going to be one of the real tough teams in the country, but we're "getting by with some good ole fashioned luck" at the present time. Jim, a part-time assistant and recruiter last season at Kentucky, moved to Vegas a couple of months ago. . . . Look for some positive developments soon concern-
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No match for the Cats would they be For these Wildcats are the best in history.
At the final buzzer it is now known All Ivan could generate was a loud groan.
Let this be a lesson for all to see The best in the world is Kentucky. Some teams are taller, some shorter. There  are  no  teams  in basketball smarter.
So onto the rest of the season schedule To convince the world of the Cats' muscle
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Nashville, says, "look for the Vols to be most competitive  and to finish fourth in the SEC." . . . For readers who have asked,  record albums of Kentucky basketball and the one of Adolph Rupp offered by the Committee of 101 a few years ago are still available according to Bob Crowley, president. The 33 rpm, long-playing album of "Great Moments of Kentucky   Basketball"   is   narrated by Adolph Rupp. Crowley also said a 45 rpm record of the "Ballad of Adolph" will be included free with each order while they last. You should send a check   or   money   order   for $5.50 (postage is included) to: Committee of 101, Department TCP, P.O. Box 22, Lexington, Kentucky, 40501 . . . Don't be too surprised if Kentucky football's offensive line pens itslef a nickname like "Hollywood Hots" or something like  that  before  next  season. Dan Fowler,   the   ever-likeable offensive lineman says his crew wants recognition so they'll get to play in some bowl games next season after the regular bowls. "Hey, we like publicity as well as those defensive cats and the running stars,'' joked Fowler. Well, he wasn't really joking, but he did laugh and carry a big smile. ... If you see an "Apartment Wanted" classified advertisement   in  the  Dayton, Ohio, Journal   with   a   Lexington phone number, there's a good chance the listing would be that of Joe B. Hall or Leonard Hamilton. The Kentucky staff is spending so much time in Dayton, UK could save money by renting an apartment. It's all because they're unloading all guns in an effort to win Dwight Anderson to Big Blue Country. The premier star guard in the nation scored 53 points in a game a couple of weeks ago and UK coaches admitted they would be making the trip up 1-75 several more times this season before the big signing date. Look for Dayton and Cincinnati to be in the thick of the chase for the 6-3 sharpshooter. . . . More than 100 local sports fans around IBM just returned from Hawaii, but they didn't get to see the heros they really wanted to. It seems the ten-day vacation was built around a proposed UK basketball game with Hawaii, but the proposal fell through, so the club decided   to   take   the   trip anyway. Committee   of   101   president Bob Crowley said the group listened to part of the UKIT by a telephone patch-up and then they called the HeraldLeader for the final statistics and posted them on   a   hotel   bulletin   board. Those Hawaiians  must  have   thought the Kentuckians had too much egg nog . with such carryings-on. ...... PAGE h   THE CATS'  PAUSE, DECEMBER 31, 1977
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Question: This was the second straight good game for Kentucky. Are the Wildcats rounding into the top form you've expected of them?
Coach Hall: "We played a fine ball game against a fine team in beating Iona College. We could not stop their man-to-man offense, though. They played extremely well and were very sharp. They came to play and did not withhold the ball. When they came from seven points down early in the game and took that one lead, they proved what kind of a team they have and who they are capable of beating. Our zone bothered them and turned the game for us. We played it well and got a lot of deflections."
Question: It was the second unit which upped the four-point lead in the first half to the 18-point half time margin. Any comments?
Coach Hall: "The subs played real well. In the first half, James Lee, Jay Shidler and Chuck Aleksinas had 21 of our 44 points and that's an indication of the work we were getting from the subs. Aleksinas helped us tremendously when he went in and added more strength to the boards. He was moving the ball and scoring well. Lee's four baskets also were a big boost."
Question: Did Aleksinas see the game as something special since he was going against Jeff Ruland who was recruited so heavily by Kentucky?
Did he think about this game a little more than the others, maybe?
Coach Hall: "I think he looks to every game like this. Chuck played real well, and Ruland played well and lived up to his billings. He had a super game and is an outstanding basketball player. He certainly didn't play like a freshman out there."
Question: Do you think Ruland made a mistake by going to Iona instead of Kentucky?
Coach Hall: "No, I wouldn't say that. He's close to home and I'm sure that's what he wants. He's on a fine ball club and they have a good coach in Jim Valvano."
Question: Kentucky seems to be near the point of reaching a peak now. Is that true and is this the time you want that to happen?
Coach Hall: "We played awfully well against Iona. Dwane Casey played a very fine game. La Von came in and helped us a lot and Jay came on to play well. Our bench looked so much better. Robey still didn't have a great night, Phillips didn't have a great night but we still played outstanding basketball."
Question: Was the Iona game the type of game you need to prepare your club for the game coming up this weekend with Notre Dame at Louisville?
Coach Hall: "You can never tell.
Sometimes you need a scare going into a game like "Notre Dame. But we have an eight-day lay-off before the Notre Dame game and this game was a good one to let them go home for Christmas with. Then we'll come back and get ready for Notre Dame. We've got plenty of time and we know how good Notre Dame is. We know what the rivalry is and we'll be ready for that game."
Question: Kentucky seemed to play with a lot of enthusiasm and teamwork. Have they started playing together as a team?
Coach Hall: "They were very unselfish tonight and they moved the ball well on the fast break. They were kicking it back out to the guards where we were getting good shooting and it all fitted together. That's what we're looking for. The only thing I didn't like was our offensive rebounding. We didn't go to the offensive boards as well as we should have. We played looser because the 1-3-1 zone got us playing looser. That aggressiveness carried over to our offense."
Question: James Lee passed up some potential dunk shots for easy lay-ups. Did his play please you?
Coach Hall: "Yeah, he played a smart ball game tonight and did a good job. Jack's second half looked much better than his first. He could have scored 100 if he had played the whole
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game like he did that one five- or six-minute spurt when he was getting out on the break and getting that short jumper. That's what we want from him, but you can't do that against everybody, though."
Question: Were you surprised how completely Kentucky dominated the game against Iona?
Coach Hall: "Yes, absolutely. It was absolutely beyond my hopes to dominate that team that way, especially after the first ten minutes when they caught up with us because I thought they looked outstanding. Iona came to play. They were picking us apart offensively early in the man-to-man. It wasn't that we were playing that poorly, but they just executed perfectly. The zone, though, just stymied them. They were very ineffective against our zone."
Question: In the last poll before Christmas, Kentucky received all the first place votes with the exception of one. Do you think that one expert's list will change after the Iona game?
Coach Hall: "I don't know if everyone else respects Iona as much as I did and I don't know if that will help us that much. But we weren't playing with that in mind. We just wanted to have a good game and we've now put two back to back. That's going to help us and them being two New York schools won't hurt us, either."
Question: How will these two big wins over New York schools affect your recruiting up in the East?
Coach Hall: "I don't really know. It can't do anything but help us overall. This team beat St. John's last year and the good win over St. John's, and playing so well will help us. Their scribes and media not only recognized that we beat them but that we played so well in doing it. That's even more important.''
Question: What about Lee going to the bucket, but not charging like last year?
Coach Hall: "He's a year older and possibly has learned his lesson. He's doing the smart thing and playing very well. They were beautiful plays when he went down the middle and hit those lay-ups. There were courageous. He was full speed but yet they were under control and he avoided the charge with the agility of a broken-field scatback. I don't see how he does it, but he handles 240 poinds about as easy an anyone you'll ever see. I wish it were 230 pounds. If I had ten off of James and ten on Freddie (Cowan), we'd be all right." PAGE 5   THE CATS'  PAUSE, DECEMBER 31, 1977
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Letters To The Editor
Football Recruiting
Dear Sir:
I would just like to tell you how much I enjoy reading The Cats' Pause each week. I agree with Mr. Jon McKinney who would like more information on the Cats football recruiting. I am sending you a story out of last week's Courier-Journal by Earl Cox about UK not signing a single prospect from Jefferson County.
This   is   really   hard   for   me to understand because there are about 6 or 7 top prospects in Jefferson County this year, you would think at least 2 or 3 of these top players would want to sign with the Cats since we went 10-1 and were rated 7th in the nation. Coach Curci is always talking about how he must be able to keep the top players in the state from going to other schools.   Also,   the   2   boys from Mayfield  and  the  big  tackle from Erlanger have not signed with us Would you please  check with our coaches and see if we have a chance of signing these players and give us readers your opinion as to why we haven't signed any more players from the state than we have.
Would you please see if you could give us the Parade Magazine High School Ail-American football team that was released last Sunday. I know Bob Crable of Cincinnati Moeller was on the first team along with Art Schlichter of Miami Trace, Ohio. Do you know if either one of the top players has signed with anyone yet? What about Tyrone Young of Ocala, Florida? Has he been signed by any SEC school yet. I hope you can fill us football fans in on some of the Parade All-Americans and who they have signed with.
Thank you, Robert L. Smith Louisville, Kentucky
[Editor's note: Kentucky is still very much in the running for some Louisville players and will sign some, you can count on that. Recruiting is just beginning with mid-February the important date.]
Cotton Nash
Dear Sir:
Please renew my subscription for another year to The Cats' Pause.
I have been a UK fan since Cotton Nash played. I was wondering if you might tell me where he (Cotton Nash) is and what he is doing now? The last I knew of him he was playing baseball at Evansville for the Triplets.
Nq^jvoy ,-^nentiqn .of. ^basketball,. I
think the University of Kentucky is to basketball what Elvis was and still is to Rock&Roll (The Greatest). The governor should change one of our mottos from pretty women and fast horses to pretty women, fast horses and great basketball. Go Big Blue.
Sincerely,
Terry & Anne Chaney Graham, Kentucky
Soft Peddle The NCAA
Dear Sir:
Please renew my subscription for another great year of coverage on UK sports. I always look forward to every Friday and receiving my Cats Pause.
Having the opportunity to read CP. each week I support the statement made by Mr. Larsen of Decatur, Georgia (November 5 issue), it would be wise to soft pedal all the national championship talk at this time. You shouldn't count your chickens before they hatch.
Sincerely,
Herbert W. Patrick Lynchburg, Virginia
P.S. How many scholarships does Kentucky have in basketball next year, because there seems to be some confusion about the N.C.A.A. probation.
[Editor's note: Only 3 this spring.]
Kings Are Gone
Dear Sir:
of UK's athletic programs. I sincerely hope that the apparent equilibrium has arrived and its future growth is assured. The kings are gone. Long live the kings!
Good luck to Coach Curci in his recruiting efforts. Hope he will receive all 25 presents he's wishing for.
Good luck to Coach Hall and his Wildcats, as they travel their route to St. Louis.
Sincerely, J.C. Jones Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance Records
Dear Sir:
How does UK manage to rewrite all the NCAA attendance records and have that fact ignored by the national media? Look at this carefull:
Per game home attendance record Total home attendance record Per game attendance  record (all games)
Per game attendance record (road games)
Total attendance for season (all games)
Record attendance for 2 session Christmas tournament
Possibly per game road attendance (can't verify this one)
Yet Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, Basketball Weekly and all the rest haven't written anything about Kentucky attendance. You would think such a performance would rate a few stories in some of the national media.
I was wondering: does UK's sports information department have good relations with the national media?
I don't know who it is but I'm firmly convinced that someone isn't doing his job is this area.
from this office please don't hesitate to let us know.
Best wishes this Holiday season. And again, you have a fine publication.
Sincerely,
Steve Hatchell, Director Big 8 Conference Service Bureau Kansas City, Missouri
I am enclosing a check for a year's subscription to Cats' Pause, as my Christmas present to my father (so I don't have to give him all of my issues). We are both dyed-in-the-wool Kentucky fans and must add our congratulations to Coach Curci, his staff and the team for an outstanding season. I am most pleased with the events of this year when I reflect back to the five years I spent at Stoll Field watching the grass grow (class of '71, UK College of Architecture). My father and I have one other interest in Kentucky. Chuck Jones (a red shirt nose guard this year) is son and brother to us, respectively.
Before I close I feel I must add my thoughts to those of others who have expressed their concerns about the future growth of Kentucky's football program. Surely the Rupp/Bryant experience should have educated "the powers that be" to the necessity of a . balanced approach to the-de-velepment -
U.K.
Notes
SHORT SHOTS - UKIT LEFTOVERS The  two-night  crowd  of 46,944 exceeded last year's by 10,908 . . . Three Wildcats -- Jack Givens, Truman Claytor and Mike Phillips, along with Portland State's Freeman Williams (only unanimous selection) and St.   John's   George   Johnson, were selected to the All-UKIT team, while Phillips   matched   his    1975 Most Valuable Player award . . . Phillips played sensationally in the championship game, hitting 10 of 14 shots, grabbing eight rebounds and handing out five assists in only 22 minutes played. But his defense, as always, was what coach Hall was most pleased with . . . Portland's Williams was the tournament's leading scorer with 73 points . . . Records set in the UKIT included the crowd;  UK's  114 vs. Portland State;UK's 46  field goals (tied) UK's 46 vs. DePaul in 1956, and Williams' 40 field goal attempts vs. UK . . . Five Rupp Arena records were set: Team Scoring,  UK's  114, UK Opponent Scoring, Portland 88, Field Goals  Made,   UK 46  vs. Portland; Individual Points Scored, Williams' 39 vs. UK, and Individual Field Goals Attempted, Williams' 40 vs. UK.
Sincerely, Barry Ellington Bowling Green, Kentucky
[Editor's note: A page is devoted to attendance records in this year's Facts Books.]
Appreciates CP
Dear Sir:
Just a note to say how much I enjoy your publication, The Cats' Pause. You really add a great deal to the sports scene at Kentucky and I find that invaluable.
I   looked   to   meet   you   at the Kansas-Kentucky game in Lawrence, Kansas, but never could find you. If'we-cart ever be of service to you
ALEKSINAS ON THE PROWL -Freshman center Chuck Aleksinas of Morris, Conn., made his finest showing as a Wildcat when he played superlative defense and scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes against Portland State. He came back against St. John's and scored eight points and had four rebounds in 13 minutes. Hall, who has called him the team's most improved player, was elated not only with his offense, but the manner in which the big man has responded to defensive play. Aleksinas' averages are: 6.3 points, 3.5 reboudns, 60.9 percent from the field, 71.4 percent from the free throw line, and 9.3 minutes playing time per game. Asked about his first tournament in cavernous Rupp Arena, he replied, "There is no place in the country like it. The fan support is unbelievable." PAGE 7   THE CATS'  PAUSE, DECEMBER 31, 1977
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Fill in the Blanks With Correct Answer From Column B
1. In the 1949 loss to SMU (20-7) Kentucky's lone TD came on a 26-yard completion from Babe Parilli to:
2. The UK great who blocked two punts, one against North Texas State and one against Georgia Tech, in 1950, to set up UK touchdowns was:
3. Who was the UK opponent in 1951 that came to Lexington undefeated and beat the Wildcats 13-7 after Kentucky was penalized 138 yards and the opponent only had one offside and three delay of game penalties?
4. In a 1950 game against Cincinnati Babe Parilli threw five touchdown passes hitting on 18 of 29 passes for an SEC record of 338 yards. Who was the UK player to catch three of thse five TD passes?
5. In a 7-0 victory over Missouri in 1965, this UK player played safety in his first varsity game. He intercepted
three passes for Kentucky, including one in the end zone, to tie a school record. Who was this Wildcat?
6. Dicky Lyons, the all purpose back from Louisville, threw his first pass in a 196 game to Dan Spanish who carried to the two-yard line. Who was the opponent in that game?
7. The number one ranked team which UK defeated in September 1964 by a 27-21 margin was:
8. Until 1952, Kentucky had ni ost an opening game since 1896. Who beat them in the '52 opener?
9. This Wildcat was named most valuable player of the 1951 Sugar Bowl:
10. The first victory of the "Thin Thirty" was against Detroit, 27-8. Which Wildcat scored three touchdowns in that game?
Column B
Walt Yowarsky Georgia Tech Villanova Junior Hawthorne Dom Fucci Perky Bryant Vanderbilt Leeman Bennett
Al Bruno Ole Miss Georgia Bob Gain Hershel Turner Terry Beadles Tennessee Lou Michaels
ANSWERS: l.Dom Fucci 2.Bob Gain 3.Georgia Tech 4.A1 Bruno 5.Terry Beadles 6.Vanderbilt 7.Ole Miss 8.Villanova 9.Walt Yowarsky 10.Perky Bryant
Kentucky - Notre Dame Preview
8th GameNOTRE DAME at Louisville-Saturday, December 31 (TV)
SiteFreedom Hall (16,613) LocationSouth Bend, Ind. Enrollment11,345 ConferenceIndependent NicknameFighting Irish ColorsGold and Blue Athletic DirectorEdward W. Krause PublicistRoger Valdiserri
Ph219 283-7516 1976-77 RecordWon 22, Lost 7
Tipoff4:00 p.m. EST (N  TV)
Series-UK leads 25-14
Last Game102-78 UK in /6
Biggest Win Margin-UK 34 (103-69) in '65 ND 21 (41-20) in '36
Records at Site-UK 15-3 (Last Win in '76) ND 3-15 (Last Win in 73)
Hall RecordWon 4, Lost 1
COACHRichard (Digger) Phelps (6 Years at NDWon 114, Lost 58Pet. 66.3) Offense2-1-2 DefenseMan-to-Man, Matchup Zone
Chief LossesToby Knight (F) 15.2; Bill Paterno (F) 9.6
Top ReturneesDon Williams (6-3 G) 18.1; Dave Batton (6-9 F) 12.2; Bruce
Flowers (6-8 F) 11.3; Rich Branning (6-3 G) 10.7 Best NewcomersBill Laimbeer (6-11 C) (red shirt); Tracy Jackson (6-5 F) 2n 8;
Kelly Tripucka (6-7 F) 36.0; Orlando Weelridge (6-8 F) 21.0
OUTLOOK: Notre Dame returns four starters and blends five promising newcomers into its Irish recipe for success. The Irish will have height and plenty of it with 6-9 Dave Batton, 6-11 Bill Laimbeer, who returns after sitting out a year, and 6-11 freshman Gil Salinas. The backcourt is in very capable hands-Don Williams and floor-general Rich Branning, who directed the Irish offense the final 22 games after co-capt. Ray Martin broke his ankle. Bruce Flowers, a two-year starter at forward, is expected to team up with Batton, where the two juniors averaged 11.3 and 12.2 points respectively. All in all, the Irish appear to be loaded with top talent. PAGE 9   THE CATS'  PAUSE,  DECEMBER 31,   1977
SEC Schools Set Attendance Marks
I may be in the midst of basketball season around the country, but it's also time for football bowl action and NCAA's boasting of record-shattering attendance marks on the gridiron.
Statistics just released last week show nearly 33 million fans flocked to the stadiums for the big Sturday pasttime this past fall and the SEC was no exception.
SEC Commissioner Boyd McWhor-ter was beaming right alongside the big boys, and there was good reason. The SEC played before 3.3 million fans, that a 3.3 percent increase and an all-time per game average of 55,338 at SEC schools on the average Saturday.
Only the Big Ten, thanks to Michigan's 104,000-seat stadium, outranked the SEC in conference attendance across the nation. The Big Ten played before 3.7 million and a per game average of 59,443. That figure was a slight decrease from last season.
Penn State, which hosted Kentucky this past fall, led the independents in attendance, averaging over 62,000 per game, followed by Notre Dame, South Carolina, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech.
Only the total home season attendance mark wasn't broken and that's because of the seven-game home card during 1976. This past season the Wildcats played only five times at Commonwealth Stadium.
But the other new marks are impressive. The Cats played before an average home crowd of 57,897, up from the record 56,212 the year before.
Kentucky played before 603,867 fans in eleven games during 1977, as compared to the previous record of 598,502 during 1976. And Kentucky put on its show before an average of 54,897 fans each Saturday during the course of the season, up from the previous record-setting crowds of 54,509 in 1976. Bowl games are not included in the stats.
Had it not been for two games, the figures would have been much higher. The attendance marks at both Baylor and Vanderbilt were well below the 40,000 mark or Kentucky probably would have averaged close to 60,000 per game.
Likewise, the SEC marks suffered trmendously because of three schools in particular, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Vandy officials have been debating whether to go big-time for the past decade but won't get off the fence-post.
Instead of arguing with coach Fred
Pancoast, the school should get off its fanny and build a big, new stadium like Kentucky's. Then, the Commodores will enjoy success like the Wildcats.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State are caught up in a sparsely-populated state with too many good football teams for everyone's good.
There's so much rivalry and bitterness, the two schools cut their own throats. Like two years ago when Mississippi State and Kentucky were playing at Jackson