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				LEXINGTON	7:30
Dec.	3	Wed.		LEXINGTON	7:35
Dec.	6	Sat.		Bloomington	4:06
Dec.	13	Sat.	KANSAS (UK TV- Delayed).........	LEXINGTON	7:30
Dec.	19	Fri.	UKIT: Alabama-Birmingham vs. Idaho		
			St;ite; AlMfca vs.UK..........	LEXINGTON	7:05
Dec.	20	Sat.	UKIT: Consolation and		
			Championship (UKTV)........		fct9:05
Dec.	27	Sat.	Notre Dame (UK TV).................	Louisville	7:35
Dec.	30	Tue.	MAINE (UK TV-Delayed)...........	LEXINGTON	7:30
Jan.	3	Sat.	GEORGIA (SECTV)................	LEXINGTON	2:05
Jan.	7	Wed.	Auburn...........................	Auburn	8:30
Jan.	10	Sat.	TENNESSEE(SEC TV)..............	LEXINGTON	3:35
Jan.	14	Wed.	MISSISSIPPI (UK TV-Delayed)......	LEXINGTON	7:30
Jan.	17	Sat.	Alabama (SECTV)..................	Tuscaloosa	9:05
Jan.	19	Mon.	Louisiana State (SECTV).............	Baton Rouge	9:05
Jan.	21	Wed.	FLORIDA (UK TV-Delayed).........	LEXINGTON	7:30
Jan.	24	Sat.		Nashville	8:30
			(UK TV-Delayed)................	LEXINGTON	7:30
Jan.	31	Sat.	Georgia (SEC TV & SPLIT NATIONALLY)	Athens	1:35
Feb.	4	Wed.	AUBURN (UK TV-Delayed).........	LEXINGTON	7:30
Feb.	7	Sat.	Tennessee.........................	Knoxville	7:30
Feb.	11	Wed.	Mississippi (SEC TV).................	Oxford	9:05
Feb.	14	Sat.	ALABAMA (UK TV-Delayed).......	LEXINGTON	7:30
Feb.	18	Wed.	Florida............................	Gainesville	7:30
Feb.	21	Sat.	VANDERBILT (UK TV-Delayed)	LEXINGTON	7:30
Feb.	25	Wed.	Mississippi State....................	Stark ville	8:30
			SPLIT NATIONALLY).............	LEXINGTON	1:06
Mar.	4-7		Southeastern Conf. Tournament (SEC TV)	Birmingham	
'All times Eastern Standard University of Kentucky
Basketball Fscti 1980-81
All-Americans. All-NCAA.
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Administrative Staff.....
Athletics Association Athletics Staff..........
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. . 20-21 .....13
Attendance Records.................13
Award Winners (Annual)..........99-103
Basketball Staff
Coach Hall....................14-17
Coaches Through the Years...........73
Fabulous Five......................62
Frosh All-Time Records...............84
Hall of Fame..................12 6 103
Helm's Selections...................12
Home Floor Losses..................89
Modern Record.................111-114
NCAA Tournament..............73 & 79
Nickname. Origin of.................69
Opponents Information............43-66
Press Radio-TV
Working Information................2
Rupp Arena........................24
Schedule..................Inside Front
Scorers, All-Time...................74
Scores, Game-by-Game..........115-131
Season Record, 1979-80 .............. 69
Southeastern Conference
Champions by the Years...........150
Composite Standings..............88
1979-80 Standings.................88
Television Network...............150
Sports Information..................22
Starting Combos....................71
Statistics, 1979-80 ................... 68
Time Played  High Game.............71
Tournament Trail.................95-98
Travel Headquarters.................62
University of Kentucky
General Information................8
President Singletary................9
Varsity Basketball
Player Profiles..................25-40
Quick Facts.....................4-5
Team Picture.....................42
Compiled and Edited by RANDY STACY, Asst. Sports Information Director RUSSELL RICE, Director of Sports Information
Photography by UK Photo Services; Jim Bradley, sports photographer, Dallas, Tex.; The Cats' Pause; and Ira N. Golden Cover art and separations by Ted Watts, sports artist, Oswega, Kan. TO THE PRESS AND RADIO -TV
Here is your copy of the 1980-81 facts booklet on Kentucky basketball, which we sincerely hope will aid you in covering and answering questions on the Wildcats this season. If you desire additional information, special stories, pictures or have questions not answered herein, please feel free to contact the Sports Information Office in Memorial Coliseum (Telephone A.C. 606 - 257-3838, 257-3839).
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PRESS ROOM Located on floor level under stands behind visitor's bench area. Will feature work space with necessary electrical outlets. Telephone service must be ordered from General Telephone Co.
COMPS No individual game allotment.
TELECOPIERS A Telecopier Service (Telephone, Telecopier, Operator) will be provided for $25.00. Those wishing to use their own machine should order a line through General Telephone Co.
RADIO BROADCASTS Broadcasting rights to UK games are assigned exclusively to the UK Network. One free reciprocal outlet is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington. Any additional stations must clear through UK Director of Broadcasting John Henderson (257-2655). Working passes will be supplied approved stations by Sports Information Office.
SERVICES Working press, radio and TV will be furnished game programs, brochures, running play-by-play, halftime box, final statistics in the form of a complete 12-column dittoed box score and coaches quotes.
ARENA LIGHTING-Rupp Arena Lighting will provide 250-275 foot candle on playing floor with a mixture of incandescent and metal halide lights.
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NCAA CHAMPIONS-Five Times (1948, '49, '51, '58, '78) in 24 Appearances. 43 Victories.
NCAA RUNNER-UP Two Times (1966, 75)
UK INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS-19 Times in 26 Tournaments. SEC CHAMPIONS-Record 32 Times Since 1933 (Last in 1980) WORLD CHAMPION - 1948 Olympic Games.
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS - 1966. NATIONAL CHAMPION BY POLLS-Seven Times Since 1949. ALL-TIME RECORD-Won 1,248, Lost 384, Tied 1 in 76 Seasons. KENTUCKY ALL-AMERICANS -29 Players Honored 46 Times. ALL-SOUTHEASTERN-57 Players Honored 104 Times. PROFESSIONALS-41 Players Entered Ranks. RUPP ARENA (23,000)-Home Floor 1977 to Date (Won 51, Lost 9). MEMORIAL COLISEUM (11,500)-Home Floor 1950-1976 (Won 306, Lost 38). RECORD HIGH POINTS-143 vs. Georgia (Neutral Site) '56-At Home 121 vs. Mississippi '71.
INDIVIDUAL HIGH-53 By Dan Issell in 1970 vs. Mississippi at Oxford.
BIGGEST VICTORY MARGIN 77 vs. Georgia in 1956-At Home, 53 vs. Georgia Tech '56, Georgia '59.
Since Kentucky made its first appearance in a major post season basketball tournament in 1942, no graduating class has ever missed the opportunity to play in either the NCAA or National Invitation Tournaments.
In fact, the Wildcats have an incredible record which has seen them miss only seven times (1943, '53, '54, '60, '63, '65, '67 and 74) in the past 35 years. Two of those misses were in 1953, when they sat out a season, and '54, when the undefeated National Champion won an automatic NCAA berth but declined the bid.
The University has had only two undefeated seasons in its illustrious basketball history. The first was 9-0 in 1911-12, the other 25-0 in 1953-54.
The 1980-81 edition of the Kentucky basketball Wildcats, ranked number one in several preseason polls, will attempt to use talent, size, quickness, and youthful enthusiasm to offset inexperience as it battles for conference and national honors.
Nine of last season's 12 lettermen return, including three starters, but the 1980-81 roster includes only two seniors and two juniors. Five sophomores and four freshmen the top ranked recruiting classes of the last two seasons-give Coach Joe B. Hall's Wildcats a very youthful appearance.
Starters Kyle Macy and LaVon Williams and top reserve Jay Shidler ended their Kentucky careers last season.
Macy, a consensus All-American, led last year's team in scoring (15.4 ppg.l, assists (1631, and free throw percentage (91.2). More importantly, however, he provided outstanding leadership that will be difficult to replace.
Williams averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Shidler, a sparkplug off the bench, averaged 6.2 points.
Kentucky's three returning starters top the list of young and talented returnees, Sam Bowie (7-1, C) gained valuable experience with the United States Olympic basketball team this summer and appears ready for a superb sophomore season. Bowie led the 1979-80 Wildcats in rebounding (8.1 rpg.) and ranked second to Macy in scoring (12.9 ppg).
"Sam gained immeasurable experience and confidence this summer with the Olympic team," Hall said. "Many players would have become complacent after the type of success Sam had this summer, but it's quite the opposite with him. He has rededicated himself and has increased his size and strength and is becoming a team leader."
Fred Cowan (6-8), F) has added 50 pounds to his frame since coming to Kentucky three years ago. The senior from Sturgis, Ky., was sensational in the clutch last season, scoring 27 points in the SEC clincher against LSU and 26 in the NCAA tournament against Duke.
"Fred is a senior who is exhibiting senior leadership," Hall said. "We expect an outstanding senior season from Fred, and if he picks up where he left off last season, he'll be one of the top forwards in the country."
Dirk Minniefield (6-3, G) started 18 of the last 19 games in 1979-80, and Hall calls him the "key to Kentucky's offense and defense." The probable starter at point guard, Minniefield averaged 5.0 points and ranked second on the team in assists (126) last season.
Juniors Chuck Verderber (6-6, Fl and Bo Lanter (6-1, G) and senior Chris Gettelfinger (6-2, G) will be counted on to provide leadership for the many Wildcat underclassmen. Verderber started one game last season and averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds. Lanter came off the bench and gave the Wildcats lifts on several occasions. Gettelfinger's work and determination that enabled him to earn a scholarship after coming to Kentucky as a walk-on typifies "Wildcat spirit." according to Hall.
Joining Bowie and Minniefield in Kentucky's sophomore contingent are Derrick Hord (6-6, F-G), Charles Hurt (6-6, F) and Tom Heitz (6-8, F). Hord played in all 35 games last season and started two. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. The Bristol, Tenn., native is slated for swingman duty this season and has lost 10 pounds in anticipation of playing the guard position.
Hurt also played in all 35 games, with one start. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. Hall calls his jumping ability "legendary." Heitz made more progress than any player on the team during the offseason, according to the coaching staff. He was one of the top weightlift-ers in the Wildcat preseason conditioning program.
Four prep All-Americans made up Kentucky's 1980-81 freshman class. The newcomers are Jim Master (6-4, G), Melvin Turpin (7-0, C), Bret Bearup (6-9, F), and Dicky Beal (5-11, G). Master was Indiana's "Mr. Basketball" following a brilliant career at Paul Harding High School. He averaged 27.8 points and hit 52 percent of his field goal attempts.
Turpin, who prepped at Lexington Bryan Station High School, spent last season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He led his team to a 25-1 record by averaging 24.5 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 7.5 blocked shots.
Bearup averaged 28.5 points and 17 rebounds at Harborfields High School. Midwest Basketball News ranked him as the number one power forward prospect in the country.
5 Beal was a four-year letterman at Covington Holmes High School. He led his team to a 33-3 record last year with a 23.6 point scoring average. An excellent leaper, Beal also averaged 8.3 assists and hit 55 percent from the field as a high school senior.
"All of our freshmen are outstanding both on the floor and off," Hall said. "They are talented and also work very hard. We expect every one of them to contribute to our team this season."
The Wildcats began practice following what Hall termed "the best conditioning and weight-lifting program we've ever had."
"Nearly every weightlifting and running record we have has been broken this season," he said. "If the work exhibited by our players during our conditioning program carries over, we will have an enthusiastic, determined team."
If the youthful talent blends together and does offset inexperience, the 1980 81 season should be another exciting one for Kentucky fans.
HALL ON THE STRENGTHS OF THE 1980 81 SQUAD W> havi- .i cirr.it mini ber of talented players. We should be much stronger inside. Wo have excellent size and excellent depth. Our players worked very hard during our conditioning program, and continued hard work is expected and that is always an asset." HALL ON THE WEAKNESS OF THE 1980-81 SQUAD-"We are very inexperienced with nine freshmen and sophomores. We will probably be overrated in the preseason polls because those predicting will not take inexperience into account. That will put unusual pressure on our young players. Wo are especially inexperienced in the backcourt."
HALL ON THE 1980-81 FRESHMEN  "We expect our freshmen to be a very important part of our squad. They will be called on to contribute immediately. While we have some experience inside, Master and Beal will have to be counted on heavily at guard."
HALL ON THE SEC RACE "There are several teams in the conference that return almost intact. Vanderbilt, LSU, Alabama, and Auburn all return four starters. Georgia returns outstanding talent to go with an excellent recruiting class. All in all, I again expect the race to be very balanced and exciting."
Lettermen Lost From 1979-80 Team (3)
KYLE MACY (6-3, G)-Two-time Ail-American, three-time All-SEC . . . Ranks 13th on Kentucky's all-time scoring list with 1,411 points . . . Led team in minutes played, scoring, assists, and free throw percentage . . . Co-Captain and great clutch performer.
LAVON WILLIAMS (6-7, F)-Co-Captain and starter . . . Ranked fourth on the team in scoring and third in rebounding ... Hit 53 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line . . . Started 33 of the 35 games.
JAY SHIDLER (6-1, G)  Started eight games last season . . . Averaged 6.2 points per game and hit 49 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line . . . Scored 733 points.
6 Lettermen Returning (9)
SAM BOWIE (7-1, So., O-SEC Freshman-of-the-Year ... Led 1979-80 team in rebounding and ranked second in scoring . . . All-SEC as a freshman . . . Made the United States Olympic Basketball Team . . . Led the Olympic team in rebounding and ranked second in scoring . . . Averaged 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds last season.
FRED COWAN (6-8, Sr., F)-A team leader . . . Was great in the clutch last season . . . Scored a career high 27 points in SEC clincher vs. LSU . . . Ranked third in scoring, second in rebounding, and second in minutes played last season . . . Has added 50 pounds to his frame since he was a freshman.
DIRK MINNIEFIELD (6-3, So., G)- Played in 34 games, starting 18 . . . Averaged 5.0 points per game and was second to Macy on the squad in assists . . . Great speed and quickness and is shooting better than ever.
DERRICK HORD (6-6, So, Fl  Sixth on the team in minutes played . . . Averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds . . . Played in all 35 games, starting two . . . Scored season high 18 points against South Carolina and Florida.
CHARLES HURT (6-6, So. Fl-Outstanding strength and jumping ability. . . Played in all 35 games, starting one . . . Averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds ... Hit 60.5 percent from the field . . . Scored season high 10 points against Notre Dame and Auburn.
CHUCK VERDERBER (6-6, Jr., Fl-A team leader . . . Played in 34 games, starting one . . . Averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds . . . Averaged 6.1 points as a freshman . . . Fine passer and a steady performer . . . Hall calls him "Mr. Hustle."
TOM HEITZ (6-8, So., F)-Played 108 minutes in 24 games last season . . . Averaged 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds . . . Rugged, strong player who always gives 110 percent.
CHRIS GETTELFINGER (6-2, Sr., G) - Played 26 minutes in 12 games . . . Scored 12 points and hit five of seven field goal attempts . . . Scored career high six points against Mississippi State in only one minute ... A walk-on who earned a scholarship.
BO LANTER (6-1, Jr., G)  Played 55 minutes in 17 games . . . Made key contributions on several occasions . . . A walk-on who earned a scholarship.
Freshman (4)
DICKY BEAL (5-11, Gl-Four-year letterman at Covington Holmes High School . . . Averaged 23.6 points and 8.3 assists as a senior . . . Hit 55 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free throw line . . . All-stater.
BRET BEARUP (6-9, Fl  Consensus prep All-American . . . Ranked number one power forward by Midwest Basketball News . . . Averaged 27.8 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocked shots as a senior at Harborfields High School.
JIM MASTER (6-4, G) Consensus prep All-American . . . Indiana's "Mr. Basketball" . . . Averaged 27.8 points and hit 52 percent from the field as a senior at Harding High School . . . Outstanding shooter.
MELVIN TURPIN (7-0, O Prep All-American two years ago at Lexington Bryan Station High School . . . Attended Fork Union Military Academy last season. Averaged 24.5 points and 14.2 rebounds last season. UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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LOCATION  Lexington, Ky., a community of 208,000 in the heart of Kentucky's famed Blue Grass region. Renowned as the world capital of the thoroughbred horse industry and known also as the world's largest loose-leaf tobacco market. FOUNDED-1865 ENROLLMENT-(On campus-22,500)
PRESIDENT-Dr. Otis A. Singletary (At 13 Community Colleges - 16,000)
VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION - Dr. Donald Clapp VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Dr. Lewis Cochran VICE-PRESIDENT, BUSINESS AFFAIRS  Jack Blanton VICE-PRESIDENT, MEDICAL CENTER-Dr. Peter Bosomworth VICE-PRESIDENT, MINORITY AFFAIRS Dr. John T. Smith VICE-PRESIDENT, STUDENT AFFAIRS - Dr. Robert G. Zumwinkle VICE-PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY COLLEGES-Dr. Maurice Stanley Wall VICE-PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY RELATIONS Dr. Raymond Hornback FACULTY CHAIRMAN OF ATHLETICS Dr. William Matthews DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES - Bernie Vonderheide CONFERENCE Southeastern (member since founding in 1933) BAND-Varsity (Director-Wm. Harry Clarke) FIGHT SONG - "On, On, U. of K." HOME ARENA-Rupp Arena (capacity 23,000) STADIUM-Commonwealth Stadium (56,816)
Athletics Staff
Executive Assistant Barbara Isham
Administrative Secretary Mrs. Jane Rollins ASSISTANT COACHES-Leonard Hamilton, Joe Dean, Bob Chambers TICKET SALES MANAGER Al Morgan ACCOUNTANT-J.R. Hisle
President, University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky has become one of the major institutions of higher learning in the United States under the leadership of Dr. Otis Singletary, the eighth president of the University.
Dr. Singletary was named president of the University in August, 1969. He had previously served as executive vice-chancellor for academic affairs in the University of Texas System and director of the Job Corps program for the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Dr. Singletary, a native of Gulfport, Miss., holds degrees from Millsaps College and Louisiana State University.
As president of the principal institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth, Dr. Singletary is greatly concerned with the University's role as a land-grant institution, a "people's university" accessible to all who can profit from education.
In the ten years he has been president, the University has grown to where there are now some 22,500 students on the Lexington campus and more than 16,000 students in UK's 13 community colleges, and the University has become one of the major research institutions in the country.
Recognition of his service to the University was evidenced by the UK Alumni Association, which presented to Dr. Singletary its Alumni Service Awardan honor rarely bestowed upon a non-alumnus of the University.
Dr. Singletary is the author of two books and several monographs.
A Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he is a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He and Mrs. Singletary, the former Gloria Walton, have three children: Bonnie, Scot and Kendall.
The Singletarys live at Maxwell Place, traditional home of UK presidents.
Athletics Director
Consolidation of the men's and women's tennis programs, expansion of the sports information staff, bidding the radio contract for Wildcat football and basketball, and securing of the bid for the 1985 NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament to be played in Rupp Arena were among the summer projects of Cliff Hagan, whose tenure as U K athletics director has been marked by change and progress.
Hagan, who has seen and overseen vast improvements in all phases of the UK athletics program since returning to his alma mater as assistant athletics director in 1972, has under his command a total of 16 sports ranging from football and men's basketball in Level I, to women's basketball in Level II, and a baker's dozen sports in Level III.
A few of the recent improvements that signify the continuing progress of UK athletics under Hagan include;
Expansion of the football training room and addition of a beautiful players' lounge at Shively Sports Center.
 New carpeting in the stadium football offices.
 New food service equipment in the press box at Commonwealth Stadium.
 New basketball offices in Memorial Coliseum for both the men and women.
 Re-arrangement of the baseball fences and a new surface for the running track at Shively Sports Center.
The indoctrination of Hagan into the UK athletics administrative structure came in 1972, when he was named assistant to Harry C. Lancaster and given the task of implementing the Blue Er White Fund for 57,600-seat Commonwealth Stadium and later for Rupp Arena. The fruits of his labors in this area have provided the additional financial support that has elevated the UK athletics program into a first class operation.
Hagan replaced Lancaster as athletics director in July, 1975; during the enusing school year, Wildcat teams compiled one of the best records in the school's history,
10 with the basketball Wildcats winning the National Invitational Tournament, the wrestling and rifle teams winning SEC titles and the baseball team winning the SEC Eastern Division.
The wrestling team repeated as conference champion the following year, the basketball team finished with a 26-4 record and the football team won seven of 11 regular season games and defeated North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. It was the best UK football record in 23 years and the Wildcats' first post-season appearance since the 1952 Cotton Bowl. In 1977-78, the football team finished 10-1 (6-0 in the Southeastern Conference) and the basketball team won the NCAA championship.
With both the football and basketball teams playing to sellout crowds and drawing a big on-the-road following, Hagan has not been content, but has made Wildcat games even more enjoyable by personally designing and selecting the Wildcat Mascot, which has captured the fancy of UK fans everywhere, and by granting permission for publication of "The Cats' Pause," a unique weekly tabloid devoted strictly to UK sports.
Physical improvements during Hagan's regime as athletics director include a 110-yard Astro-Turf football practice field, modern equipment in both the Shively Sports Center and Memorial Coliseum weight rooms, open-type lockers, a new pressbox and new dugouts at the baseball field, and a revamped tennis complex with additional seating and modernized offices. He has also added a strength coach to work with all sports and funds for the popular Parcourse Fitness Trail.
Offices in Memorial Coliseum have been modernized and Hagan is looking forward to the day when he can put on the drawing board an Olympic swimming pool and a field house, which he says are "desperately needed for our program and our students."
Hagan also has been an advocate of a strong scholar-athlete program, feeling "a genuine commitment to provide all the academic support and encouragement we can to help our athletes leave our campus with a college education and a degree."
On the personal side, Hagan received one of his highest individual honors in May 1979, when he became the first University of Kentucky basketball player to be installed in the Naismith Memorial National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
The road to that honor began at Owensboro, Kentucky, where he established a then state high school tournament record of 41 points, which was recently voted the greatest individual performance by anyone in the history of that tournament, in leading the Red Devils to victory over Lafayette in the 1949 championship game.
At UK, he played on teams that won 86 of 91 games and an NCAA championship (1951). The 1954 team, undefeated in 25 games, elected not to participate in the national tournament.
Hagan set a dozen Southeastern Conference records and an NCAA record of 528 rebounds as a junior. He averaged 24 points a game, led the nation in rebounding, and scored a UK record of 51 points against Temple in 1954.
He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Government, Baptist Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and twice was selected among the top ten students in the College of Education.
After graduating from UK in 1954, Hagan served two years at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., as a commissioned officer. He led the base to two World Wide Air Force championships and won All-Service honors both years.
During ten years with the St. Louis Hawks, he ranked high among 11 players on the league scoring charts with 12,433 points in 672 games for an 18.5 mark and was selected to play in five East-West All-Star games and was named to the NBA second All-League team twice. He hit over .790 from the free throw line seven years in a row and held the NBA record for most field goals scored in a single quarter (12).
The Hawks won the Western Division six times during Hagan's playing career there and defeated the Boston Celtics in 1958 for the world championship. Hagan was All-Pro in the NBA in 1957-62, inclusive.
He received his M.S. in education from Washington University in 1958.
In 1965, a Herbert Hoover Boys Club of America was organized in Owensboro and named the Cliff Hagan Boys Club of America.
He then joined the Dallas Chapparals as player-coach and was selected as the 1958 Texas Professional Coach of the Year. When he left Dallas, he was only 92 points shy of a regular-season career total of 15,000 points.
In 1974, he was named to the Hall of Fame Magazine's All-America second-team for the 1951-1973 period, to the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel Star's All-Time Southeastern Conference first team, and the All-Time top collegiate player in the State of Kentucky by Inside Kentucky Sports Magazine. In 1975, he was named to the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, was inducted into the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni and was a recipient of the University of Kentucky Centennial "K" Medallion tendered by the UKAA for past athletic accomplishments, during UK's Centennial Year observance.
He is married to the former Martha Milton of Owensboro. They have four children: Mrs. Barry Thaxton, Laurie, Amy and Kip, all of Lexington.
College Basketball Hall of Fame
1946-Adolph F. Rupp.......Coach        1966-Cliff Hagan..........Player
1933-Forest (Aggie) Sale____Player       1968-Charles (Cotton) Nash . . Player
1964Carey Spicer.........Player       1971 LeRoy Edwards......