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Sean Sutton, whose rather is Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton, poured in 25 points to lead Lexington Henry Clay to a 106-57 win over last season's Region 10 champs Lexington Catholic last Monday evening.
Last year's sophomore of the year in Arkansas, Sutton also had nine thefts and dished out eight assists.
The 6-foot-l junior guard connected on 12 of 13 attempts from the field. He also hit one of four from the charity stripe.
Henry Clay is now 1-0 on the season.
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The UK football team held its award banquet last Monday evening at the university's Student
Center Ballroom. The awards and the winners were: Team Captain  Ken Pietrowiak and Jon Dumbauld: Senior Scholastic  Eric Hass; Fellowship of Christian Athletes  Steve Maz-za and Rich Ledford; Outstanding Kicking Game  Joe Worley; Outstanding Offensive lineman Award  Ken Pietrowiak: Outstanding Offensive Back  Bill Ransdell; Outstanding Defensive Lineman  Brian Williams: Outstanding Defensive Player  Larry Smith; Unsung Hero  Jim Reichwein; and Most Valuable Senior  Ken Pietrowiak and Brian Williams.
A limited number of tickets to Kentucky's basketball games in the UKIT Dec. 20-21 re-
main available at the UK ticket office, according to Wildcat athletics director Cliff Hagan.
UKIT tickets, which include admission to both sessions of the tournament, are $10 each.
The tickets are available at the Memorial Coliseum ticket office from 9 a.m.4 p.m. weekdays.
For more UK ticket information, call (606) 257-1818.
The University of Kentucky basketball office is no longer accepting basketballs to be autographed, according to Wildcat head coach Eddie Sutton.
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Kentucky Statistics
Logan	11	175	715	4.1	65	0	3	24	ET	Rushing	73			92	
Higgs	11	143	611	4.3	55	5	5	39	MS	Passing	106			100	
Hunter	6	28	112	4.0	18	7	4	26	ET	Penalty	15			7	
Gardner	7	21	47	2.2	7	8	0	10	BG	Rushing Att/Yds	441-1729		464-2006		
Burbage	11	3	15	5.0	0	5	0	11	FL	'Rushing Yards Lost	260			322	
Derry	10	4	9	2.3	0.	9	0	4	ET	Net Rushing	1469			1684	
Baker	1	3	4	1.3	4.	0	0	4	CI	Yards Per Rush	3.3			3.6	
Wheary	11	1	1KP1	3.0	0.	3	0	3	CI	TDi Rushing	12			13	
Jones	11	4	0	0.0	0.	0	0	0	LS	Field Goals/Att	19-28			12-22	
Allen	4	2	-6	-3.0	-2.	0	0	-2	MS	Int/Yds Ret/TD	17-128-0		12	-144-0	
Dooley	8	15	-17	-1.1	-2.	1	0	17	MS	Total Plays	788			805	
Ransdell	19	42	-24	-0.6	-2.	7	0	9	BG	Total Yardage	3787			3800	
TOTALS	11	441	1469	3.3	133.	5	12	39	MS	Yards Per Play Yards Per Game	4.8 344.3			4.7 345.5	
PASSING	G ATT CMP INT			PCT TD			YDS	LP		Punts/Blocked	68-0			65-0	
Ransdell	9 231  133 6			57.	6 5	1744		82 BG		Punting Yds/Avg	2758-40.6		2786-42.9		
Dooley	8 108    51 6			47	2 2		537	43 MS		Punt Ret/Yds/TD	36-313-1		23-82-0		
Allen	A	9	4 0	44	4 0		27 {		i TN	Kickoff Ret/Yds	27-478		32-596		
Tesar	11	1	1 0	100	0 C		1C	10 GA		Penalties/Yds	56-549		73-620		
Jones TOTALS	i i	Ji^	n n	00	n n		0    0 I.S			Fumb1efi/Los t	24-14			24-15	
	11 353 189 12			53.	5 7	231		82 BG		3rd Down Conversions 59-175			75-180		
										4th Down Conversions 4-10				4-9	
RECEIVING	G	C6T	CPG	YDS	YPC		TD	LP		Time of Possession	322:35			137:25	
Logan	11	32	2.9	314	9.	8	2	43	MS						
Burbage	11	25	2. 3	418	16.	7	0	38	MS		SCORING				
Pitts	11	24	2.2	334	13.	9	1	49	CI			P	A	T	
Derry	10	23	2.3	234	10.	1	2	35	TU	TD S	FG	K	P	R	TP
Higgs	11	19	1.7	178	9.	4	0	34	CI	Worley         0 0	19x28	15x15	0	0	72
Wheeler	11	18	1.6	229	12.	7	1	30	GA	Higgs          5 0	0	0	0	0.	30
Wheary	11	11	1.0	140	12.	7	0	36	CI	Logan           5 0	0	0	0	0	30
Jones	11	9	0.8	102	11.	3	0	18	TN	Hunter         4 0	0	0	0	0	24
Bryant	11	8	0.7	156	19.	5	0	82	BG	Derry          2 0	0	0	0	0	12
Hunter		5	0.8	64	12.	8	0	25	FL	Lucas           1 0	0	0	0	0	6
Curry	11	3	0.3	43	14.	3	0	18	VA	Pitts           1 0	0	0	0	0	6
Pennington 11		3	0.3	27	9.	0	0	18	BG	Wheeler       1 0	0	0	0	0	6
Led ford	11	2	0.2	21	10.	5	0	13	VA	Williams      1 0	0	0	0	0	6
Sellers	11	2	0.2	18	9.	0	0	9	FL	Burbage       0 0	0	0	lxl 0		2
Gardner	7	2	0.3	14	7.	0	0	8	TN	Dooley        0 0	0	0	0x2 0		0
Groves	11	1	0.1	12.	12.	0	0	12	FL	Ransdell     0 0	0	0	0x2 0		0
Sexton	11	1	0. 1	10	10.	0	0	10	GA	KENTUCKY    20 0	19x28	15x15	1x5 0		194
Lucas	7	1	0.1	4	4.	0	1	4	VA	OPPONENTS 25 1	12x22	19x20	2x3 0		211
	i 1	189	17.2	2318	12.	3	7	82	BG						
NO 68
YDS 2758
ATT 28
AVG 40.6
67 GA
19        46 ET
PUNT RETURNS    NO    YDS    AVG TD LR Williams           20    223 11.2    1 57 CL Burbage 16_90    5.6    0 47 TU
36 313
1.7    1 57 CL
285 16.8   0 36 TN 155 22.1   0 48 TN 17  17.0   0 17 LS 12 12.0   0 T v.* 9    9.0    0    9 GA
Logan Burbage Pitts Wheary Jones TOTALS
17 7 1 1
27    478 17.7    0 48 TN
D. Johnson
4	26	6.5	0	20	GA
3	57	19.0	0	43	FL
3	16	5.3	0	16	ET
2	0	0.0	0	0	LS
2	-8	-4.0	0	0	CI
1	21	21.0	0	21	CI
1	11	11.0	0	11	ET
1	5	5.0	0	5	ET
17	128	7.5	0	43	FL
SCORE BY QUARTERS 34       46       44       70    194 37       35       89       50   = 211
9/14 9/21 9/28 10/ 5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/ 2 11/ 9 11/16 i i lit
Bowling Green Tulane Cincinnati Clemson
Mississippi State at LSU at Georgia East Tennessee St. at Vanderbilt at Florida Tennessee
26 16
27 26 33
0 6
24 13
30 11
7 7 19 10 26 13
31 15 42
ATTENDANCE 57,620 56,812 57,192 58,230 58,345 78,562 81,498 53,429 41,076 73,672 57,160 \ A				A	/	
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Bobby Knight And Hoosiers Come To Town
Bracing for its toughest assignment of the young season, Kentucky will meet long-time.arch-rival Indiana Saturday night in a game which should tell us a great deal about this current Kentucky team.
Prior to Tuesday's battle with Cincinnati. UK had no trouble in dispensing of three weak sisters. Those games came at a good time and allowed coach Eddie Sutton the opportunity to experiment, teach the youngsters some fundamentals and go through play three warm-ups to the real games which begin with Bobby Knight's Hoosiers.
Already, the pollsters are very quickly moving the Cats up the ladder, perhaps too quickly. This is not a Top Ten team, at least not yet. It could be a Top 15 club by the season's end if all goes well, but there are a lot of "ifs."
First of all, UK will have to stay healthy. The Cats will have to get an awesome year from Ail-American Kenny Walker and a great season from his supporting cast. Most of all. this team must play as a team and not allow petty jealousy to overtake team unity.
This club has the potential to be a pretty good club. It is playing with enthusiasm right now. But then, everything goes smoothly when one is winning. The true character of any club surfaces when it first loses. Here's hoping such an occasion is a long time off.
Indiana will be out to nail Kentucky as Bobby Knight teams always are. but this Saturday won't be the time or place. Kentucky will win this one.
Other college basketball powers have come and gone from the Hawaiian Islands and many of them left with some not-so-fond memories, as far as basketball is concerned.
Big names have fallen before, people like Virginia. SMU and Louisville twice.
More often than not, the giant-killer was little NAIA affiliate Chaminade. The Silverswords have acquired quite a reputation of humbling the big boys from the mainland.
When Kentucky came calling last week, Silversword fans endeared dreams of repeat performances.
Make no mistake about it, Silversword boosters will never forget their miracle upsets. The Chaminade minor sports teams see to that, hawking t-shirts and sweat shirts outside the tiny 1,700-scat McCabe Gym as Kentucky and Chaminade fans made their way into the facility last Tuesday.
Whether or not Silversword fans knew of the fierce UK-UL rivalry, it was obvious t-shirts proclaiming Chaminade's 83-72 victory over the Cardinals were outselling the Virginia massacre shirts.
An estimated 1,200 Kentuckians accompanied the Wildcats to Hawaii, one way or another.
Almost 300 joined the official team party via United Airlines in a package put together by Bob Crawley.
Others include a group of more than 250 by Bill Blount and Commonwealth Travel Agency. Jim Hatfield and LaFayette Travel Agency had a group, also.
Then there were numerous others who traveled on their own, through the conventional means
of commercial airlines or the best way they could.
Three notable exceptions were three members of the armed forces, all of whom just happened to have far-reaching Kentucky roots.
First, there was United States Air Force Colonel Richard E. Stevenson who is editor-in-chief of the USAF Pacific Stars & Stripes in the Pacific. He just happens to be a 1964 graduate of UK.
Col. Stevenson is in charge of scheduling four quarterly fund council meetings each year in Honolulu and after his Wildcat schedule, he could find no better reason than to call one during Thanksgiving week.
The Colonel has been an avid Kentucky basketball fan all the way back to the days of of the early sixties.
"I go back to the days of J. B. Falcolner and Ashland Oil broadcasting the games." said Col. Stevenson prior to the UK-Chaminade game. "I even had an English class with Cotton Nash."
He wasn't the only member of the Air Force attending the games in Hawaii. So were David Goe, a Bell County. Kentucky, native and longtime UK fan Bill Brown.
Goe, a 12-year USAF veteran, hinted he jeopardized his family future and the loss of Thanksgiving Day dinner just to see the Cats play. In fact, when his wife jokingly suggested that he not pass up the opportunity to watch UK, he took her up on the idea before she realized what she had said.
"I may not even have a wife when I get home." laughed Goe. "but when my wife read about UK coming to Hawaii in The Cats' Pause, she thought it would be a good idea for me. I jumped at her suggestion."
But the Goes live in Japan, not Hawaii. He did what any other sane UK fan would do, he grabbed a seat on a "seat available" basis and suddenly arrived in Hawaii.
Brown is an old-timer at following the Cats. He flew all the way from Iceland via a miltiary transport to catch the Cats for the Final Four championship in St. Louis back in 1978.
So guess who we bumped into at Chaminade's McCabe Gym last Tuesday? Yep, Bill Brown. Now, he's stationed in Japan, a cool nine-hour flight from Hawaii.
"If Kentucky can fly two-thirds of the way around the world to play a game," said Brown, "I figure the least I could do is to go one-third and meet them." Yea, especially in Hawaii.
HITS AND MISSES . . . Before you could get the firewood in for a long, cold winter, several of the teams expected to challenge for
the NCAA championship next spring have already suffered losses. Georgia Tech, which is supposed to be in everyone's top three, found the going rough in the Naismith Hall Of Fame Game last Saturday when Michigan's Wolverines dumped the Engineers 59-57 in a game described by Michigan coach Bill Freider as a "great defensive effort." Tech coach Bobby Cremins apparently didn't wear the same glasses as those of Freider. Cremins said Tech's play was a total embarrassment and apologized for his club's showing. It just goes to show you what press clippings can do to any team, not just a club named Kentucky. And you just might
add Louisville's Cardinals to that list. Denny Crum's club was selected the nation's No. 1 team by Basketball Times in its preseason issue and BW printed a full-page front cover with Billy Thompson, Jeff Hal] and Milt Wagner with one of Denny Crum's thoroughbred horses at famed Churchill Downs in Louisville. After opening with victories over Miami and Tulsa in the National Invitational Tourney, the Cards were dealt a double-blow in New York by Kansas and St. John's. Ironically, Louisville now has the distinction of being the only team which has lost twice in each of the last two NIT tourneys . . . Reports out of Texas has it that Tito Horford may well surface again in the land of Guy Lewis. According to a national wire story. Horford will re-enroll at Houston before the end of the current calendar year, but no one is speculating as to when the 7-2 Dominican Republic star will be eligible to participate, if ever for the Cougars. Back in the summer, the NCAA said Horford would have to forfeit one year of eligibility if he stayed at Houston . . . The biggest shocker of the young season came in Chapel Hill when North Carolina bombed UCLA by more than thirty points. UCLA coach Walt Hazzard was anything but happy with Dean Smith and said so a couple days later to a Los Angeles reporter. Every time I've seen a UCLA score the past five years or so, I'm reminded of many so-called Kentucky experts who claim anyone can win at Kentucky because "any coach" can recruit at Kentucky. Just take a look at UCLA. . . Kentucky wasn't the only team on the Hawaiian Islands last week. Some of the other clubs were Oklahoma, Michigan. LSU, Marshall, Georgetown and Illinois to name a few.
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Kentucky Rolls Over Chaminade
89 - 57
In Spite OS Hawaii's Taboo
Photos By; John Folz
Kentucky basketball is an awesome name in the collegiate basketball world. Big Blue basketball has become a way of life in the Bluegrass State because the game means so much to everyone involved. Yes, the game is more important here than most places.
Thanks to such dedication, UK waltzed through the land of Silverswords in Honolulu without a single drop of blood and clobbered Chaminade University 89-57 last Tuesday.
It was not the win as much as the margin of victory which surprised many basketball experts. For this is the small NAIA university which has upset some very big names in recent years, names like Virginia, SMU and Louisville twice.
But Kentucky learned from other visitors' mistakes. They jumped on the homestanding natives early, took a decisive 44-25 halftime lead and never look back.
"This team (Chaminade) has beaten a lot of quality teams and we were in a position to be upset also," UK coach Eddie Sutton said after the game, "but our kids knew they had to play hard and they did. Overall, we played a very fine game."
That, the Cats did in winning their second consecutive game of the year. Sophomore guard Ed Davender led the way in the opening half with 14 points as the Cats hit a blistering 57.5 percent from the field.
In the process, Kentucky took no prisoners. The Wildcats applied pressure from the opening tip-off and after a couple early ties at 2 and 4, Kentucky was off and running at 6-4 on a Kenny Walker 15-lboter at 17:12.
Kentucky never looked back.
Davender and senior guard Roger Harden overplayed the passing lanes and forced 17 first-half turnovers as the Wildcats slowly built a commanding lead. Davender's 14 first half points was followed by Walker with 10 and junior forward Winston Bennett chipped in with 8. UK's biggest first-half lead was 44-25.
"Chaminade came out with a triangle-two defense that had their big people playing a zone and guards playing man," said Sutton. "It confused us for a while but then our guys started getting the ball to spots and we shot the ball well early. When our defense plays as active as ours did in the first half, it is difficult for a lot of people to stay with us."
Kentucky looked a bit sluggish at the start of the second half and Sutton looks a bit upset as the Wildcats appeared to be going for averages rather than team play. He wasted no time in reminding the Wildcats they were here to work and then play.
Leading 48-29, he took out-the five starters and put in the reserves with 16:36 left in the game. But the punishment didn't last long.
Walker returned a few minutes later and wound up leading the Cats with 22 points while pulling down five rebounds. The ball-hawking Davender. who had five of the Cats' 17 steals, finished with 20. Guard James Blackmon scored 14 points and Harden enjoyed a team-high eight assists.
The Cats' largest lead of the night came with 1:17 left in the game when 5-5 guard Leroy Byrd hit a driving layup for an 87-53 advantage. Sutton said it was a typical Kenny Walker performance.
"Kenny Walker is the best player in the college game," said Sutton. "He can play inside or outside and he always gets double- or tipled-teamed every time he gets into the paint area."
Chaminade was led by forward John Wyatt with 12 points. Guard Rod McCray had II for the losers.
But no Silversword really played well. Coach Merv Lopes, who had the 'Swords playing well in their last outing with Virginia Tech on Maui, made a quick exit after the game. But assistant Thomas Louden stayed aroudn to point out what was apparentthat the Cats' guards were just too quick for the 'Swords.
 "1 don't know if we were nervous or what, but we just didn't handle the press." said Louden.
That was an understatement. The Silverswords committed 32 turnovers and also didn't shoot well, considering some of the shots they took.
From the outset, the Wildcats looked like the home team and the Silverswords the visitors. And Louden knew it.
"We didn't come out with the necessary intensity to handle a teama like Kentucky," said Louden. "We didn't handle the press and that got us down. Kentucky played like you have to when you are a well-known team on the road. You have to come out and take a team apart. They manhandled us a little bit."
You can say amen to that.
Chaminade even lost the battle fo the fans. The Big Blue from Kentucky filled up one side of McCabe Gym and their constant cheering seemed to give the Wildcats a rare homecourt advantage.
"1 think we did have the homecourt advantage." said Suton. "That doesn't happen too many times, especially when you come this far. But it is an example of how much Kentucky people love basketball.
"Dr. James Naismith started the game in Springfield, Mass., but everybody in Kentucky believes he was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky. They feel he just happened to end up in Springfield when he came up with the idea of basketball."
CHAMINADE TIDBITS . . . UK's big win over Chaminade was a far cry from Sutton's last experience in Hawaii last season when his then Arkansas team lost a pair of games in what some people term Sutton's worst losses as coach of the Razorbacks. Sutton wasn't about to allow a repeat this time. "My Arkansas team played horrible here last year in the Rainbow Classic," said Sutton. "We realize Chaminade has a fine tradition. And we knew, because of Kentucky's reputation, it probably was the biggest game on Chaminade's schedule. Or its biggest game ever. There's a lot of distractions here. But there comes a time when a team has to be disciplined for a three-hour period or they are susceptible to being beaten."
... At Chaminade. officials do things the right way, in other words, the simple way. Like dividing the gym into equal sections, just like oT high school days. In front of the gym.
signs clearly pointed Kentucky fans to the left side of the gym and the Chaminade fans to the right side. . . And how about those refreshments? Yep. ole fashioned barbeque sandwiches, not to mention a special Hawaiian chicken sandwich, the traditional hot dog, soft drinks and potato chips. But just like high school, no food allowed in gymnasium . . The gym officially seats 1,700 fans. At least 1,000 of the 1.508 paid admissions must have been Big Blue fans. According to school officials, the televising of the Kentucky-Chaminade game was a rare feat in itself. The game was televised back to Kentucky by WTVQ-TV. Channel 27 with Kenny Rice and former UK assistant Jim Hatfield handling the announcing duties. . . They may not play exactly like the Kentucky version, but Hawaii does have a pair of notable names like Walker and McCray. Chaminade has its Rod McCray while Hawaii has its own Kenny Walker. McCray scored 11 points for Chaminade against UK while Walker tallied 5 for Hawaii against UK.
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Three-Guard Offense Working Like Clockwork
It's Causing Turmoil Among UK Opponents
Here's a riddle:
It's smaller than most of their kind; has six legs: confusing to opponents: and loves to run? No. not a wounded spider.
And it's not a six-legged race at a Munchkin picnic. Give up? (I knew you would)
The answer is quite simple - Eddie Sutton's three-guard offense.
Over the year's I've gotten used to UK's public address announcer. Jim I ngle going through the traditional 'at guard. . .at center' intra. Even during the lineup introductions I was expecting I ngle to announce James Blackmon at center. It took me a second or two to realize the Wildcats were starting three guards and two forwards.
Nick Nicholas
Cats' Pause Columnist
No starting center. That's kind of confusing, you know.
In his first three games (counting the exhibition against the Cezchoslovakians) the UK head mentor started guards Roger Harden (6-1) James Blackmon (6-3) and Ed Davender (6-2). And to the amazement of many the smaller Wildcat lineup is working like clockwork.
Though the trio have added a new dimension, the big question is, can they sustain the same winning effort against a taller ball club?
Sutton, though, feels that he can't start the three guards against every squad. Since forwards Kenny Walker (6-8) and Winston Bennett (6-7) must try hold their own on the boards, some schools may put to task the smaller lineup.
Only time will tell, but I think the three guards Kentucky has, plus with Paul Andrews and Leroy Byrd ready to check in, can play against teams such as Indiana, Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama. Only Kansas and LSU, because of their outstanding front lines, would probably be too much for Kentucky's unique initial lineup.
Starting and playing the Harden-Blackmon-Davender tandem helps Kentucky in so many ways, however.
While Davender is picking up where he left off last season, Harden and Blackmon appear to be much more relaxed. If Harden, who performed well in last year's NCAA tourney, continues to shoot the eyes out of the bucket and Blackmon plays with the all-out effort shown lately, then Sutton's first year may be a memorable one as far as wins and losses are concerned.
So far this season, all three players are shooting from the perimeter with success. Though it wasn't against the likes of Kansas or Louisville it's promising to know that the guards can shoot the ball through the hoop. Last season Davender connected on 41.2 percent (93 of 226) from the field; Blackmon, 41.2 percent (68-165); and Harden, 39.5 percent (66 of 167).
In addition to their scoring punch, all three have proven they can dish out assists, steals, and rebound more effectively than your average guard. And when it comes time to dish out the full-court press these are the guys  with the quick hands and feet  who Sutton will look to.
Eddie's His Name, Defense Is His Game
As long as this lineup continues to work, and work well, then why change it? If the guards can continue to connect then Walker and Bennett will be that much more effective, offensively. Teams will not be able to double and triple team Walker like they have in the past. Plus with a healthy Bennett, UK has another hot pistol in its artillery framework.
The Louisville Male product has all the tools. And with the three-guard set a healthy Bennett may be the most important person on the floor. His shooting, rebounding, and defense are needed to help make the setup work.
Having Harden, Blackmon and Davender on the floor gives UK so many weapons. That is. . .if the threesome plays like they have been of late. Northwestern State did play well in losses to Kentucky and Alabama and Chaminade (an NAIA institution) was still considered a threat even if it did feature seven new faces this season. Still, it doesn't compare to what awaits Kentucky in the month of December.
Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas and Louisville will set the Wildcats' scenario for the sequals or extinction of the three-guard offense.
One thing is for sure, all three men will see plenty of playing time. Sutton even mentioned that the guard not starting may play more than the other two.
Differences in playing styles is why the smaller lineup works. Davender  the best defender of the three; Blackmon  the best athlete, can be an effective rebounding guard; and Harden  the best passer and also has experience and leadership in his corner.
With all three players in the lineup it seems to ease the tension. The guards, like everyone else, realize that they'll see enough playing time to keep 'em happy. And with no animosity among the Wildcats means more fun. . .and more fun means a better overall game from everyone.
Playing against teams similar in overall size  Auburn, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Mississippi and Mississippi State  the three-guard offense could be used. It's against squads like Kansas, which boast a starting front line of 7-1, 6-11, 6-5, that may frighten UK's new coach. Other teams on Kentucky's schedule in which Sutton might ban the new lineup are Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Tennessee and North Carolina State. Against the Hoosiers, Cardinals, Tigers, Volunteers and Wolfpack, Walker and Bennett will need additional help.
That's where the development of Cedric Jenkins. Robert Lock, Richard Madison, Irving Thomas and Todd Ziegler comes into play. UK's unique lineup is, in a way, helping the 'Cats forwards and centers.
As long as the three-guard offense continues to click the more time Sutton and his staff will have to work his taller youngsters into the game plan.
Lock and Jenkins, who averaged 7.3 and 4.4 minutes per game as freshmen, are slowly though surely contributing at the post. So much in fact, that either player is apparently ready for a starting assignment.
All five have looked impressive at times. Their inside games, on both ends of the court, are a must against the Pervis Ellisons, Danny Mannings, Chuck Persons, Nikita Wilsons and John Wiliams of the collegiate roundball world.
Sutton's makeshift lineup, though, is keeping everyone in Kentucky happy to this point.
And a satisfied bunch of Blue and White supporters relay a happy Wildcat team.
Sutton's smaller lineup  Walker, 6-8; Bennett, 6-7; Blackmon, 6-4; Davender, 6-1; and Harden, 6-foot  may bring back memories of Rupp's Runts. During the 1965-66 season legendary Wildcat mentor Adolph Rupp coached one of the most courageous group of Wildcats ever. The lineup, vastly smaller than the Wildcats' starters of today, consisted of guards Louie Dampier (6-foot), Tommy Kron (6-5); forwards Larry Conley (6-3) and Pat Riley (6-3); and center Thad Jaracz (6-5).
It was during that season UK went on to record an impressive 32-2 slate, losing only to Tennessee (69-62 in Stokely) and to Don "Bear" Haskins' Texas Western squad (72-65) at the NCAA championship contest in Landover, Md.
Riley, now the successful head coach of the LosAngeles Lakers, jumped center for the '66 squad. During the season, meanwhile, Riley won 55 of 58 taps.
So, is there a name for Eddie's three-guard lineup?
Sutton's Shorties? Sutton's stumps?
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27. 1985 Site,
Meet A Blue-Chipper
New Jersey's Keith Hughes Is A Leaper, Speedster
KEITH HUGHES, 6-7. 195 lbs., SR., 24.0 ppg.. 17.0 rpg.. Carteret H.S./Carteret, NJ. Arguably the best player in New Jersey ... custom made for fast break, rip and roar basketball ... runs the floor with the speed of a NFL wide receiver ... great leaper who gets off his feet extremely quick ... completes his plays well. Hughes always seems to score on the fast break, a relatively easy matter that many highrise artists have trouble completing ... sometimes rushes his show and is not yet a consistent halfcourt offensive player, .national honor student ... averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds as a sophomore ... good core presence ... named co-MVP for the week at the first session of the Five Star Camp on Honesdale, Pennsylvania ... is also the leading scorer for the camp and MVP of the camp play-offs ... will be an effective scorer and a big league running forward in college ... Notre, Dame. Villanova. DePaul. Seton Hall, Duke, Virginia. Maryland. Pittsburgh, Boston College and Providence are the chief competitors for Hughes.
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