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Three Years Ago
?Charles Hurt was the hero in Kentucky's 59-53 overtime victory against Mississippi State in Starkville. Kentucky was trailing 47-45 with live seconds left on the clock and State was inbounding the ball. Kevin Hildreth threw the lob pass in to Kalpatrick Wells, but Hurt came from behind and deflected the ball. After a scramble, Dicky Beal slapped the ball forward toward Kentucky's basket. Hurt picked it up and laid it in as the buzzer sounded to force the game into overtime. Kentucky dominated in the extra period to win the game. Jim Master led the 'Cats with 14 points and Melvin Turpin grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. The win made UK 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the SEC.
*The 'Cats suffered their first homecourt regular-season loss in 40 games, dropping a 75-67 decision to the Auburn Tigers in Rupp Arena. The win was the first ever for Auburn
in Lexington. Kentucky held a 4-3 advantage early in the first half and that was to be UK's only lead of the game. Auburn outscored the Wildcats 12-2 and never looked back. Dar-rell Lockhart led the Tigers with 22 points. Chuck Person scored 20 and pulled down nine rebounds. Derrick Hord led Kentucky with 15 points.
Six Years Ago
?Kentucky football coach Fran Curci announced the signing of Ail-American prepster Doug Williams, a 6-6, 265-pound lineman from Cincinnati Moeller High School, considered by some as the top senior in the country. Curci has previously announced the signing of 12 in-state players to SEC letters of intent.
*The Lady Kat basketball team reached No. 9 in the Associated Press national rankings. It is the highest ranking ever for the Lady Kats.
1. What was Kentucky's won-loss record versus LSU last season?
a) 1-1
b) 2-0 X) 2-1
d) 3-1
2. True or False? Either Kentucky or LSU has won the SEC regular-season title every year since 1977-78.
3. What former LSU star set the single game school record for shooting percentage?
a) Joe Dean
b) Pele Maravich
c) Durand Macklin
d) Kenny Drost
4. Who is LSU's all-time career assist leader?
a) Derrick Taylor
b) Joe Dean
c) Ethan Martin
d) Kenny Higgs
5. What former Tiger player holds the LSU mark for best rebounding average in one season?
a) Durand Macklin
b) Bob Pettit
c) Leonard Mitchell
d) Al Sanders
6. Who is LSU's career scoring leader?
a) Joe Dean
b) John Williams
c) Pete Maravich
d) Don Redden
7. Who was the last Tiger player to go hardship in the NBA draft?
a) Jerry Reynolds
b) John Williams
c) Duane Scales
d) Durand Macklin
8. Who was Dale Brown's predecessor as coach in Baton Rouge?
a) Joe Dean
b) Press Maravich
c) Joe McCleary
d) Frank Truitt
9. True or False? Miami (Fla.) center Tito Horford played in seven games and averaged 12.6 points for Brown's Tigers in '84-85.
10. True or False? Dale Brown has never had a losing season during his tenure at LSU.
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*Kentucky played lethargic but managed a 64-55 win over Mississippi at Rupp Arena. UK led all the way and by 13 points with five minutes to go, but turnovers let the Rebels back to within six points with two minutes to go. Kentucky was saved by its 21 of 34 shooting from the field, for a season-high 61.8 percent. However, UK hit only 22 of 35 foul shots, committed 14 turnovers and was outre-bounded 21-20. Ole Miss also hit well, sinking 20 of 34 shots. Sam Bowie led Kentucky with 18 points and eight rebounds while Derrick Hord added 14 points. Coming off the bench to play 10 minutes, seldom-used Bo Lanter sparked the 'Cats by hitting both of his field goal attempts and playing aggressive defense. Carlos Clark led Ole Miss with 21 points.
?Alabama made the big plays down the stretch to hand visiting Kentucky a 59-55 loss, the 'Cats second loss in 13 games and the first setback in conference play. Alabama had been having trouble winning close games and Kentucky had been squeaking by of late, but not this time. Kentucky did little of anything right, hitting 40 percent from the field, missing key shots down the stretch and committing 17 crucial turnovers. Alabama took the lead for good at 53-51 with 4:44 left. Bama couldn't score in the next three and a half minutes but the 'Cats missed five shots and turned the ball over twice. After the teams traded buckets, Kentucky had a chance to tie but couldn't. Eddie Adams then hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to clinch the win for the Tide. Adams led Alabama with 20 points on eight of 11 shooting. Fred Cowan had 14 points for Kentucky and Jim Master added 10.
?Dropping its second straight game, Kentucky was embarrassed 81-67 by highly-ranked LSU in a game played in Baton Rouge. LSU, 15-1 overall, started a 16-1 late in the first half and when it ended early in the second period the Tigers had a commanding lead. LSU led 38-25 at the half and had no trouble after that. Running the delay game to perfection, the Tigers led by 21 points at one point. Willie Sims led the Bayou Bengals, who placed five players in double figures, with 22 points. Rudy Macklin scored 18. Sam Bowie led UK with 22 points and Charles Hurt added 14.
Seven Years Ago
*The Alabama Crimson Tide visited Rupp Arena and totally stunned the Kentucky Wildcats by a 78-64 score, UK's worst beating ever in the four-year history of the building. Alabama jumped out early and had little trouble with the 'Cats. The Tide led by a whopping 21 points (41-20) at the half. Kentucky could get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way. The loss slipped UK to 3-2 in SEC play. Robert Scott had 25 points and Eddie Phillips 23 for Alabama. Phillips also had 13 rebounds. Kyle Macy led UK with 18 points while Fred Cowan scored 14.
*In a shooting match between Kentucky's Kyle Macy and Mississippi's John Stroud, Macy and the Kentucky Wildcats won out as UK defeated the Rebels 79-73 in Oxford. Macy finished with 10 field goals and nine of 10 from the free throw line for 29 points. Stroud poured in 27 points. However, the 6-7 Stroud missed a couple of key shots down the stretch when Ole Miss had a chance to tie the score at 71. Macy then hit two foul shots, as did senior Jay Shidler, who finished with 10 points.
Eleven Years Ago
*In a must-win situation, Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 77-76 in a regionally televised game. Reggie Warford, Jack Givens and Larry Johnson all turned in clutch plays in the final 30 ticks to preserve the win.
Johnson's 15-footer with 13 seconds left proved to be the winning basket. Mike Phillips led UK with 30 points and 15 rebounds in a superb performance. Johnson scored 15 points, Givens had 14 and Lee 10.
?Kentucky played a very smart and deliberate game as they went into Alligator Alley and came back with an 89-82 win over Florida. Rick Robey led the spirited UK charge, seeing action for the first time in two weeks following a knee injury. Robey hit seven of 11 shots, hauled down nine rebounds and scored 19 points. Larry Johnson led UK with 22 points. Jack Givens scored 15 and Mike Phillips tossed in 14.
?Sophomore center Danny Hall has left the UK basketball team and is transferring to Marshal University.
Twelve Years Ago
?Kentucky nipped Ole Miss 85-82 at Oxford in front of a crowd of 5,000. Kevin Grevey led UK with 27 points and Mike Flynn added 22.
?The score was 71-69 when Kevin Grevey hit three pressure-packed foul shots in the last 22 seconds to lift Kentucky to a 74-69 win over Alabama before a full house in Lexington. The win enabled the 'Cats to tie Alabama for first place in the SEC standings with identical 5-1 records. Kentucky is 12-2 overall. Alabama fell to 11-2 on the year. Grevey finished with 20 points, Jimmy Dan Conner had 18 and fellow senior Mike Flynn chipped in with 12. Jack Givens came off the bench to join the others in double figures with
10. Leon Douglas led Alabama with 27 points and 25 rebounds.
Seventeen Years Ago
?Adolph Rupp reinstated guard Bob McCowan from his suspension for breaking curfew. Also, guard Mike Casey began working out, saying he is ready to help the 'Cats if needed. Casey was injured in a summer automobile accident.
?Hitting 54 percent from-the floor, UK won its 13th straight game, defeating a deliberate Tennessee team 68-52. Dan Issel led UK with 28 points while Jimmy England scored 29 for the Vols.
?Jim Andrews scored 19 consecutive points and finished with 35 as the UK frosh beat Tennessee 95-70. Daryl Bishop added 20.
?After 24 years at UK, Ken Kuhn has retired as assistant to director of athletics. From 1948-69, he was UK's sports information director. He was replaced by Russell Rice, formerly a sports editor at the Lexington Leader.
Thirty Years Ago
?Trailing 42-38 with 4:04 to go, Kentucky ripped off 12 straight points to down homestanding LSU 51-46, marking the 16th straight UK win over the Tigers. Kentucky's rally was sparked by Earl Adkins, who had been slapped in the eye and sent ta the sidelines only minutes earlier. Johnny Cox was the only Wildcat in double figures with
11. LSU's All-SEC player Roger Sigler scored 15.
?For the first time in 19 years, Tulane downed Kentucky in the roundball sport, whipping the third-ranked 'Cats 68-60 in New Orleans. UK trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half but rallied to within four before falling for the first time this season. Johnny Cox led Kentucky with 16 points. Gerry Calvert scored 13 and Earl Adkins had 12. Calvin Grosscup led Tulane with 23/
?Vernon Hatton has returned to practice for UK following an appendectomy, but coach Adolph Rupp has been sidelined with food poisoning.