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Date              Opponent Site
1975
Dec. 1 Northwestern ................................ Away
Dec. 8 North Carolina..............................Charlotte
Dec. 10 Miami (O.) .................................. Home
Dec. 13 Kansas..................................... Away
Dec. 15 Indiana...................................Louisville
Dec. 19 UKIT: Ariz. St. vs. Ore. St........................ Home
Dec. 20            Kentucky vs. Ga. Tech...................... Home
Dec. 30 Notre Dame ...............................Louisville
1976
Jan. 3 Mississippi State............................... Away
Jan. 5 Alabama.................................... Away
Jan. 10 Tennessee................................... Home
Jan. 12 Georgia .................................... Home
Jan. 17 Vanderbilt (TV-National)........................ Home
Jan. 24 Florida..................................... Away
Jan. 26 Auburn .................................... Away
Jan. 31 Mississippi................................... Home
Feb. 2 Louisiana State ............................... Home
Feb. 7 Tennessee (TV) ............................... Away
Feb. 9 Georgia .................................... Away
Feb. 14 Vanderbilt .................................. Away
Feb. 21 Florida..................................... Home
Feb. 23 Auburn .................................... Home
Feb. 28 Mississippi................................... Away
Mar. 1 Louisiana State ............................... Away
Mar. 6 Alabama (TV-National).......................... Home
Mar. 8 Mississippi State............................... Home
COVER PICTURE-Head Coach Joe B. Hall, Southeastern Conference Coach-of-thc-Ycar for the second time in three years, poses with the trophies won by last year's Wildcats. From left; UKIT, NCAA Runner-up, and SEC Co-Championship trophies.
PHOTO CREDITS-Bradley Photographers, Dallas, Texas, UK Photo Services. Cover by Ken Goad, UK Photo. University of Kentucky Basketball Facts  1975-76
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Ail-Americans, All-NCAA.....33-34
All-Conference ................34
Athletic Director Hagan ........7-8
Athletic Asst. Dir. Ham...........9
Athletic Association
Board of Directors ............9
Staff Members................4
Attendance Records...........106
Award Winners (Annual)......30-32
Basketball Staff
Coach Hall ..............12-13
Assts. Parsons. Hamilton,
Nance..................14-15
Barton, Keighties. Rollins......16
Students Trn.'s, Mgr.'s ........16
Coaches Through Years..........21
Coliseum..................38-39
Fabulous Five.................90
Freshman Basketball (J.V.)
Record (All-Time)............62
Results, 1974-75 .............61
Signees-Sketches.........50-52
Statistics-1974-75 ...........61
Helm's Selections ..............87
Home Floor Losses.............20
Lexington Center .........110-111
Lettermen Through Years.....88-90
Modern Record (1946 to Date) . 35-37
NCAA Titlists.................21
Nickname, Origin of............80
Opponents Information
Highs and Lows...........86-87
Record vs. 1975-76
Opponents ............74-77
Record vs. All Opponents . . . 78-80 Scouting Reports .........63-73
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Press-Radio-TV
Kentucky Outlets.............3
Radio-TV networks . . . .Inside Back
Working Information ..........2
Southeastern Conference
Champions By Years..........18
Composite Standing,
Kentucky In SEC,
Final SEC Standings-1974-75 ..19
1975-76 Schedule...........112
Television Series.............18
Sports Information-Rice, Perry .. .17
Tournament Trail ...........27-29
UKIT ....................23-27
University of Kentucky
General Information...........4
President Singletary ...........6
Varsity Basketball
Player Profiles............40-52
Game By Game Rebounding ... .59
Game By Game Scoring .......58
Outlook-1975-76 ............10
Quick Facts..................5
Records-Team, Individual.
Misc.. Memorial Coliseum .81-86
Reflections on '74-75 ...... 107-109
Retired Jerseys................53
Roster.......................56
Schedule.............Inside Front
Scorers-Top All Time,
Regular Season..............22
Scores-Game By Game .....91-106
Season Record-1974-75 .........55
Statistics-1974-75 .............57
Team Picture..................54
Time Played-High Game ........61
Wildcats At A Glance ...........11
Compiled By Jack Perry, Asst. Sports Information Director RUSSELL RICE. Director of Sports Information TO THE PRESS AND RADIO-TV
Here is your copy of the 1975-76 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).
Athletic Office Phones:
Cliff Hagan - (606) 258-2881
Frank Ham - (606) 258-5611
Coach Joe B. Hail - (606) 257-1916 or 257-1917
Asst. Coaches: Dick Parsons - (606) 257-3640;
Leonard Hamilton - (606) 257-4781; Lynn Nance - (606) 258-8845
WORKING TICKETS-Address requests to Sports Information Office as far in advance as possible. Tickets will not be mailed unless requested and will be held at the Information Window at the main entrance of Memorial Coliseum for pickup on game night.
PRESS DOOR-Entrance to the area set aside for press and radio should be via the Press Door located to the extreme left of the Coliseum entrance foyer.
PRESS ROOM-Located under west stands. Entrance near press door.
COMPS-No individual game allotment.
TELECOPIERS-Due to the increasing use of Xerox Telecopiers and other copying devices, the Sports Information Office does not feel it should try to provide side-court telephone service for such devices. Persons planning to use such devices at the press table should make their own arrangements with General Telephone. Telephones in the Sports Information Office and in the Coliseum hallway will be available for Telecopier use.
RADIO BROADCASTS-Broadcasting rights to UK games arc assigned exclusively to the Jim Host and Associates, 512 E. Main, Lexington, Ky., 40508 (Telephone 606-252-5696). One free reciprocal outlet is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington. Any additional stations must clear through Jim Host and Associates and the UK Director of Broadcasting, Mr. Pete Manchikes (257-2655). Working passes will be supplied approved stations by Sports Information Office.
SERVICES-Working press and radio will be furnished game programs, brochures, running play-by-play, halftime quickie box and final statistics in the form of a complete, seven-column dittoed box score.
RUSSELL RICE Director of Sports Information
JACK PERRY Asst. Director of Sports Information
Information
2 KENTUCKY PRESS-RADIO-TELEVISION OUTLETS
Lexington:
Lexington Herald-Leader Stave WOaon. Ex.S.E. Rick Bailey D. C. Fltzmaurice 227 Wert Short Street Lexington. Ky. 40607
WVLK Radio Ralph H.11 ... :
John llrnilrni.il
P.O. Bos 1669 Lexington. Ky. 40501
WLAP Sporu P. O. Box 11670 Lexington. Ky. 40511
WBLG Radio Sport* 130 Ban Street Lexington. Ky. 40607
WLEX-TV
Tom Hammond. Director P.O. Box 1467 Lexington. Ky. 40601
WKYT-TV
Denny TTeasc. Director P.O. Box 666 Lexington. Ky. 40601
WTVQ-TV
Randy Waters. Director Box 6590
Lexington. Ky. 4o.Mil
Bob Cooper Associated Press 146 Market Lexington. Ky. 40607
Kentucky Kernel Sports University of Kentucky Lexington. Ky. 40506
Louisville:
Louisville Courier-Journal
Eait Cox. Ex.S.E.
Dave Kindred
Mike Sullivan
525 Wert Broadway
Louisville. Ky. 40202
Louisville Times Sports Dick Fenlon Jim Terhune Tev Laudeman 525 West Broadway Louisville. Ky. 40202
WHAS sr. WHAS-TV Caw ood Led ford Mike James P.O. Box 1084 Louisville. Ky. 40201
Associated Press 525 West Broadway
Louisville. Ky. 40201
Bob Weston UPI Sports P.O. Box 537 Louisville. Ky. 40201
WAVE Ii WAVE-TV Sports la K allay. Director Joe Knight
726 South Floyd Street Louisville. Ky. 40203
WLKY-TV Sports Dave Conrad P.O. Box 6218 Louisville. Ky. 40216
WINN Radio Sports Third and Broadway
Louisville. Ky. 4O202
WAKY Radio Sports 658 South Fifth Street Louisville. Ky. 40204
State:
Ashland Independent Mike Reliford Sports Department 226 17 th Street Ashland. Ky. 41101
Park City News Sports Department 813 College Street BowUng Green. Ky. 42101
Tribune-Times Sports Ky. and Monroe Streets Corbln. Ky. 40701
Post it Times-Star Sports Andy Cox
421 Madison Avenue Covington. Ky. 41011
Advocate-Messenger Sports Department Danville. Ky. 40422
News-Enterprise Sports Bob Watkins
Elizabethtown. Ky. 42701
Stale-Journal Sports Paul Weddle 321 Wert Main Street Frankfort, Ky. 40601
Dick Kimmons UPI Sports 321 W. Main Frankfort. Ky. 40601
The Times Sports
301 South Green Street
Glasgow. Ky. 42141
The Enterprise Sports Central Street Harlan. Ky. 40831
Gleaner-Journal Sports Steve Austin 216 North Elm Henderson. Ky. 42420
Kentucky New Era Sports Chip Hutcheson 123 West 7th Street Hopkinsville. Ky. 42240
The Messenger Mike Embry. Sports 221 South Main Street Madisonville. Ky. 42431
Messenger Sports 206 West Broadway May field. Ky. 42066
Ledger-Independent Sports Department 43 West Second MaysvUle. Ky. 41056
Larry Fleeman News Sports Editor Chester Avenue Middlesboro. Ky. 40965
Messenger and Inquirer Sports 1401 Frederica Street Owensboro, Ky. 42301
Sun-Democrat Sports Pat Moynahan 408 Kentucky Avenue Paducah, Ky. 42001
Paris Daily Enterprise Sports 23 East 4th Street Paris. Ky. 40361
Ken Green Register Sports South Second Street Richmond. Ky. 40475
Jim Kurk
Commonwealth-Journal 102 North Maple Street Somerset. Ky. 42501
The Winchester Sun Ncal Bryant Sports Department Wall and Cleveland Streets Winchester. Ky. 40391 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
General Information
LOCATION-Lexington, Ky., a community of 180,000 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-21,488)
PRESIDENTDr. Otis A. Singletary        (At 13 Community Colleges-11,500) VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION-Dr. Don Clapp VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS-Dr. Lewis Cochran VICE-PRESIDENT, BUSINESS AFFAIRS-Jack Blanton VICE-PRESIDENT, MEDICAL CENTER-Dr. Peter Bosomworth VICE-PRESIDENT, STUDENT AFFAIRS-Dr. Robert G. Zumwinkle VICE-PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY COLLEGES-Dr. Maurice Stanley Wall FACULTY CHAIRMAN OF ATHLETICS-Dr. William Matthews
(UK's faculty representative to Southeastern Conference) VICE-PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY RELATIONS-Dr. Ray Hornback DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES-Bernie Vonderheide CONFERENCESoutheastern (member since founding in 1933) BAND-Varsity(Director-Wm. Harry Clarke) FIGHT SONG-"On, On, U. of K." STADIUM-Commonwealth Stadium (56,696) HOME ARENA-Memorial Coliseum (capacity 11,500)
Athletics Staff
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS-Cliff Hagan
Special Assistant to Director-Harry C. Lancaster
Assistant to Director-Mrs. Louise Gilchrist
Assistant to Director for Academic Affairs-Dr. Frank Downing ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS-Frank Ham HEAD BASKETBALL COACH-Joe B. Hall (Kentucky '55) ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY-Mrs. Jane Rollins ASSISTANT COACHES-Dick Parsons, Leonard Hamilton, Lynn Nance HEAD COACHES OTHER SPORTS-Football: Fran Curci, Baseball: Tuffy
Home, Track and Cross Country: Ken Olson, Tennis: Graddy Johnson,
Golf: Dan Leal, Swimming and Water Polo: Wynn Paul, Rifle: Capt. Keith
Skidmore, Wrestling: Fletcher Carr. TICKET SALES MANAGER-A1 Morgan ACCOUNTANT-Jan Smits
TRAINERRoy Don Wilson ASSOCIATE TRAINER-Bobby Barton BASKETBALL EQUIPMENT MANAGERBill Keightley SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR-Russell Rice (Kentucky '51) ASSISTANT SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR-Jack Perry
4 QUICK FACTS ON KENTUCKY BASKETBALL
NCAA CHAMPIONS-Four Times (1948, '49, '51, "58) in 22 Appearances. 35 Victories.
NCAA RUNNER-UP-Two Times (1966, '75)
NIT CHAMPIONS-1946. SUGAR BOWL CHAMPIONS-Five Times.
UK INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS-Sixteen Times in 22 Tournaments. SEC CHAMPIONS-Record 29 Times Since 1933. (Last in 1975.) WORLD CHAMPIONS-1948 Olympic Games.
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS-1966. NATIONAL CHAMPIONS BY POLLS-Six Times Since 1949. ALL-TIME RECORD-Won 1,142, Lost 362, Tied 1 in 72 Seasons. KENTUCKY ALL-AMERICANS-26 Players Honored 39 Times. ALL-SOUTH EASTERN-53 Players Honored 95 Times. PROFESSIONALS-35 Players Entered Ranks.
MEMORIAL COLISEUM (11,500) - Home Floor Since 1950 (Won 296, Lost 37).
RECORD HIGH LINE UP-143 vs. Georgia (Neutral Site) '56-At Home 121 vs. Mississippi '71.
INDIVIDUAL HIGH-53 By Dan Issel in 1970 vs. Mississippi at Oxford.
BIGGEST VICTORY MARGIN-77 vs. Georgia in 1956-At Home, 53 vs. Georgia Tech '56, Georgia '59.
WILDCATS CARVE INCREDIBLE POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT RECORD
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 Invitational 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 32 years. Two of those misses were in 1953, when they sat out a season, and '54, when the undefeated National Champions won an automatic NCAA berth but declined the bid.
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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.
5 DR. OTIS A. SINGLETARY
President. University of Kentucky
Established in 1865 under provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky today has approximately 33,000 students in the 15 academic colleges and Graduate School on the central campus in Lexington and in its 13 community colleges.
In 1878, the school separated from Kentucky University and became an independent institution supported by the state, and since 1916 has been known as the University of Kentucky, embodying the functions of teaching, public service and research.
Situated in the famed Blue Grass region of Central Kentucky, the University maintains several research institutes whose work increasingly affects state and nation: the Tobacco and Health Research Institute, the Office of Business Development and Government Services, the Institute for Mining and Minerals Research, and the Water Resources Institute.
It is fully accredited in its respective colleges and departments by all of the major professional societies and educational organizations.
President since 1969 has been Dr. Otis A. Singletary, who came from the University of Texas, Austin, where he was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. He earlier had been director of the Job Corps program for the Office of Economic Opportunity, and chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He is the eighth president of the University. Unique recognition of his service to the institution came recently from the UK Alumni Association, which presented him its Alumni Service Award-an honor rarely bestowed upon a non-alumnus of the University.
6 CLIFF HAGAN
Director of Athletics
"I've been preparing for this all my life," Cliff Hagan said just before taking over as athletics director at the University of Kentucky last July 1. "I feel I've got a clear picture of what it's all about. A year from now, I will have a clearer picture."
A few months earlier. Harry C. Lancaster had announced his intention to step down as athletics director in order that Hagan might have time to get acquainted with the duties involved before assuming the position of command.
Lancaster will remain as a special assistant to Hagan until February, 1976, when Lancaster will reach the mandatory retirement age.
Hagan's path to the athletics directorship began at Owensboro, Kentucky, where he established a then state high school tournament record of 41 points in leading Owensboro to victory over Lafayette in the championship game of the 1949 state high school tournament.
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 yean.
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.
While playing in St. Louis, he was a member of the Welfare Society of Florissant, Mo., and a director of the Florissant Historical Society and the Florissant Park Board. From 1957 to 1968 he was director of Camp Robin Basketball Clinic in New Hampshire. 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.
During his 11th year in St. Louis, Hagan did radio and television commentary for the Hawks' basketball team and for Anheuser Busch.
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.
A well-known speaker for civic clubs, churches and schools, Hagan was speaker for the World Convention of Toastmasters in 1966.
He is president of the Fayette County Board of the American Cancer Society, State Board Chairman for the UK Division of the Cancer Society, a lay delegate to the National Board of Directors and a member of the Kiwanis Club.
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: Lisa, 19, Laurie, 17, Amy, 13, and Kip, 11.
8 FRANK HAM, Assistant Director of Athletics
Prank 11am became Assistant Director of Athletics in July 1975 soon after Cliff Hapm succeeded Harry C. Lancaster as Director of Athletics.
A native of Scranton, Pa., 11am came to the University in 1969 as Administrative Assistant to football coach John Ray, and was reassigned to the Athletic Director's staff in 1972 when Ray resigned.
Ham graduated from high school at Niles, Mich., and completed his undergraduate work at Olivet College. He did graduate work at Indiana University and coached high school football and track at John Adams High in South Bend in 1944-46 and then returned to Olivet as athletic director and head football and basketball coach.
ln 1962, he became assistant to the president at Olivet, with responsibilities in public and alumni relations. He was in private business from 1954 until 1968.
He is married to the former Rosemary Woods of Niles, Mich. They have two sons, Michael, 32. of Raleigh, N.C. and Craig, 29, a UjS. Army Captain, and two daughters, Mrs. Sue Ann Winchester of Cassopolis, Mich., and Jennifer, 19, a sophomore at UK. Ham is i son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Ham of Edwardsburg, Michigan.
ATHLETICS AT KENTUCKY
Kentucky's athletic program, a well-balanced and ambitious activity featuring intercollegiate competition in ten different sports, is organized under the Department of Athletics and a corporation known as the University of Kentucky Athletics Association.
The program is conducted without overemphasis or sacrifice of educational objectives and in strict compliance with the rules of the University, the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletics Association.
A board of directors, headed by the President of the University in the capacity of chairman, maintains overall policy supervision of the athletic program.
In addition to the UK President, board officers include the Vice-President for Student Affairs as vice-chairman and Dr. W. L. Matthews in the capacity of secretary- Seventeen other members, drawn from the University faculty and the general public, also serve on the board as appointees of the president as do two student representatives.
Supervising the steady growth and balanced development of the athletic program is Athletic Director Harry C. Lancaster.
The Association's Board of Directors is composed of the following:
Faculty Members
Marion E. McKcnna, '76 Daniel R. Reedy. '76 Dr. N. J. Pisacano, '77 Stephen Diachun, '77 Dr. Charles EUingcr. '77 Charles Roland. '78 Richard Robe. '78
Trustee Members
George Griffin. '78 Frank Ramsey. Jr.,
77
Members-at-Largc
Albert B. Chandler. '76 S. T. Roach, '77
Ex Officio Members
Dr. Otis A. Singlctary, Chairman
Dr. R. G. Zumwinklc
Dr. Don Clapp
Jack Blanton
Dr. W. L. Matthews
Dr. Ray Hornback
William Spivey
Alumni Members
Dr. Ralph Angetucci, '78 Thomas P. BeU, '76
Student Members
Jim Harralson Barbara Lear
9 KENTUCKY BASKETBALL OUTLOOK, 1975-76
The University of Kentucky will introduce its youngest basketball team in 30 years after losing six lettermen, including four three-year starters, off last year's 26-5 NCAA runner-up team.
While the senior dominated team of last year utilized dazzling finesse, speed and experience to vanquish 26 foes, this year's squad must overcome exceptional youthfulness with intelligent play and 100 per cent hustle, in the words of fourth year coach Joe B. Hall.
Seven lettermen return-two juniors and five sophomores-and four of them appear to have nailed down starting berths. Pairing at forward are two "75 All-SEC freshmen selections-6-foot-l0 Rick Robey (10.4 ppg), who played center last year, and 6-4 Jack Givens (9.4). At center is mammoth 6-10 Mike Phillips (7.8), while junior 6-2 guard Larry Johnson (4.3) must increase his scoring proficiency with more playing time, and lead another aggressive defense.
Vying for the other guard slot are 6-1 freshman Truman Gaytor, a quick, hot shooter, who must subdue a determined bid by two non-lctternien-6-1 senior Reggie Warford and 6-2 junior Joey Holland-both of whom have shown marked improvement in early workouts.
In seeking more experience in the lineup. Hall has toyed with the idea of moving the multi-talented Givens to guard and inserting either 6-4 junior Merion Haskins (0.9), a fine defensive player and rebounder, or 6-5 sophomore James Lee (3.0), the team's most powerful individual, at forward.
Holding the vital key to a successful season is 6-10 sophomore center Don Hall (1.8), who realized some fine moments last year, but who must gear himself for increased playing time this year backing up Phillips.
Other squad members include two freshmen who have shown great promise. They are guard 6-2 Dwane Casey and 6-4 forward Bob Fowler, a muscular leaper who could surprise after gaining varsity experience.
Replacing All-American forward Kevin Grevey and strongman Boo Guyette is no easy task, but Hall has made such a move in switching Robey from center and installing Givens (who started five games last year) at small forward. Robey, an All-UKIT selection, gained invaluable experience at forward on the Gold Medal winning United States Pan-American team, while Givens overcame poor shooting early last year to wind up with a healthy 49.4 field goal percentage.
The Wildcats will employ a variety of offenses-single and double posts. 1-3-1 and the stack, as well as the traditional fast break. Defensively, they will go man-to-man, 1-3-1 and various pressing offenses.
10 1975-76 WILDCATS AT A GLANCE LETTERMEN LOST FROM 1974-75 TEAM (6)
Kevin Grevey (6-5)Leading scorer past two years,.Grevey became second all-time scorer at UK with 1,801 points ... Two-Time All-America and three-time All-SEC, was selected twice as SEC's MVP . . .Averaged 23.6 ppg, and 6.4 rebounds . . . Signed by Washington Bullets of the NBA.
Jimmy Dan Conner (6-4)-Team leader for three years, Conner served as team Captain his senior year, scoring 12.4 ppg . . . Became 21st Wildcat to crack 1,000 point club with 1,009 points . . . Signed by Kentucky Colonels of the ABA.
Mike Flynn (6-3)-Thrcc year starter at guard, twice won assists and best defensive awards . . . Led win over homestate rival Indiana in Mideast Finals with 22-points ... Averaged 9 ppg and 3.9 rebounds ... Signed by the Indiana Pacers of the ABA.
Bob Guyette (6-9)-Great clutch play by Guyette sparked UK into the NCAA tournament . . . Three year starter at forward-center, was second in rebounding with 6.7 while scoring 8.6 ppg . . .Passed up Dental School to play for a Spanish team in the European amateur league.
G. J. Smith (6-7)-Saw action in 18 games, scoring 1.9 ppg.
Jerry Hale (6-0)-Scored only 1.0 ppg in 23 games, but played vital leadership and play maker role.
RETURNING LETTERMEN (7) Jack Givens (6-4 F)-Fourth in scoring with 9.4 ppg, and rebounding with 4.9
and hit 49.4 per cent of his shots. Dan Hall (6-10C)-Saw action in 17 games, averaging 1.8 ppg and 1.7 rebounds. Merion Haskins (6-4 F)Saw action in 26 games, scoring 0.9 ppg and 1 rebound. Larry Johnson (6-2 G)Top reserve at guard, played in all 31 games, scoring 4.3
ppg and racking up 61 assists. James Lee (6-5 F)Played in 25 games, averaging 3.0 ppg and 1.5 rebounds. Mike Phillips (6-10 C)-Totaled 442 minutes playing time in 31 games, averaging
7.8 ppg and 4.4 rebounds ... Hit 50.9 per cent of his shots. Rick Robey (6-10 F)-Third leading scorer with 10.4 ppg. leading rebounder
with 6.9. leading field goal and free throw shooter with 54.4 and 81.0 per
cent respectively ...
NON-LETTERMEN (2) Joey Holland (6-2 G)-Played in eight games, averaging 1.1 ppg and 0.9 rebounds.
Reggie Warford (6-0 G)Played in 14 games, averaging 1.1 ppg and 0.5 rebounds.
FRESHMEN (3)
Dwane Casey (6-2 G)-Averaged 23.5 ppg and eight rebounds for Union County H. S.
Truman Claytor (6-1 G)-Averaged 22.9 ppg and four rebounds for Scott H. S. Bob Fowler (6-4 F)-Averaged 28 ppg and 16 rebounds at Cherry Hill H. S. JOE B. HALL Head Basketball Coach
 Coach of the 1975 national runner-up Wildcats.
 Coach of the Southeastern' Conference co-champions after winning the conference championship two years earlier.
 SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in three yean.
 Coach and Athlete Magazine's Southeast Region Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.
 Nominee For Kodak 1975 National Coach of The Year.
 Coach of his third consecutive UKIT championship team.
 Member 1976 Olympic Basketball Committee.
Such personal and team honors in 1975 were gratifying to Joe B. Hall, but the^Wildcat coach has his eye on things more current as he enters his fourth year as head of the nationally famous Wildcats.
The challenge facing him now is entirely different from last year, when he blended a crop of big, talented freshmen with six fine seniors, a junior and two sophomores to produce a finely honed, exciting squad that set the nation on its car and vaulted the Wildcats back into national prominence.
The scene has changed dramatically, leaving Hall with one of the most youthful-squads in the history of Wildcat basketball. He feels they must overcome that youthfulness with intelligent play, 100 per cent hustle and defensive toughness.
Although he is recognized as one of the nation's finest offensive coaches, it was the defensive play of Hall's 1975 squad that caught the nation's imagination. The Wildcats at
12 limn were accused of being excessively rough and of using "karate" defense, but in the long run they proved that they were merely preparing themselves for the rugged road to the NCAA championship game.
lite championship crown eluded Hall and the Wildcats, but they gave such a good account of themselves that Kentucky basketball again was a national byword.
At the end of the season. Hall's three-year record stood at 133-82, excluding a 17-2 record on a 1974 tour of Australia. He had the distinction in 1973 of becoming the first rookie coach in the SI < to be designated Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches and by Coach and Athlete Magazine.
Gathering such honors has been one of Hall's trademarks during a coaching career that began at Shepherdsvillc (Ky.) High School in 1956 and continued through Regis College and Central Missouri State- College before he returned t