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Mountain Pride
Clay County Captures Title With OT Win Over Ballard
Take me home country roads!
For the first time since 1956, when 14th Region representative Carr Creek captured the Boys" State Tournament, a mountain team will bring home the Kentucky state title. 13th Region ballclub Clay County led by tournament MVP Richie Farmer captured the coveted title with a thrilling 76-73 overtime victory over Ballard in the championship contest last Saturday evening at Rupp Arena.
The victory marks Clay County coach Bobby Keith's first state title in his 17-year stint at the helm of the Manchester school. The victory marked Clay County's 35 win in 37 tries this season.
"I think every coach that coaches in high school has a dream to win the state championship," said Keith, a Manchester native. "I feel like it's one thing in my lifetime that we've accomplished, and it's a great feeling."
"It's the greatest," said Farmer afterwards. "We've always wanted to bring it back home and now we finally have."
Farmer, a 6-foot junior, scored a game-high 27 points and pulled down six rebounds to help the Tigers pull out their fourth win in three days of play. Teammate Russ
Chadwell scored 19 points, followed by brother Russ Farmer with 14. However, Ballard could have very easily been crowned the champs.
With 11 seconds remaining in regulation Richie Farmer was at the line for a one-and-one opportunity. If he made both Clay County would own a three-point lead, and with Ballard out of timeouts, in the driver's seat.
He made the first, making the count 65-63. His second attempt, meanwhile, was too strong and Ballard had one opportunity left.
Well, make that four.
Ballard got four attempts and Leonard Taylor's tip in beat the final buzzer, thus tying the game at 65-all, and forcing the only overtime period of the tournament.
"I really stepped up their with the intentions of making both free throws," said Richie Farmer, recapping the last 11 seconds of regulation. "After I missed the second one
Nam*               mln   fy-a rt-j rb a
Kevin Jackson    .   33    2-5 2-3 5 0
Russell Chadwell     35  8-15 3-6 4 3
Charlie Robinson     14    0-0 0-0 2 0
Russell Farmer       35    5-9 4-4  7 1
Richie Farmer  .      35 12-26 3-4 6 4
Eugene Rawlmgs     21    2-3 6-8 6 0
Team 6
Total!                    1 75 29-5* 18-25 38 8   9 78
BALLARD (73) Nam* mln   tg-a    ft-a rb i pi Ip
Leonard Taylor 35 4-7 0-0 15 I 0 8 Kenneth Madin 29 8-17 0-0 11 0 4 16 Chris Riesenberg     14    0-0   0-2 5 0 2 0
Mark Bell........ 35 6-26    3-4 8 4 5 15
Allan Houston . . 35 11-21 2-2 5 13 24 Jamie Trowell ... .   13    1-3    0-0 0 0 0 2
Bill Lacey ....... 2    2-2   0-010 2 4
Eric McDuffie   ...   12    2-4    0-0 0 0 3 4
Team 3
Total! 175 34-80    5-8 48 8 19 73
Clay Co............... 16 14 15 20 1176
Balland............... 14 14 19 18 873
Field-goal shooting Clay Co . 50 0. Ballard. 42 5 Free-throw shooting Clay Co . 72 0. Ballard. 62 5 Technicals none Turnovers Clay Co.. 7. Ballard. 8 Officials Marvin Moore. Ernie Liggett Attendance 19.000 (est)
we went down and all we had to do was get a rebound. But we couldn't come up with it and they scored to send it into overtime.
"Going into overtime I felt that all we had to do was to work our regular gameplan and
try and come out ahead."
Heading into the three-minute period, reserve Eugene Rawlings cashed in a pair of free throws, as the Tigers led 67-65. But back came Ballard. The game was knotted when Bruin reserve Eric McDuffie canned an eight-footer.
Russ Farmer, the younger brother of Richie, hit two charity tosses with 2:32 left. Clay County now led 69-67. But. . .but for the 24th time during this tightly-fought battle, the score was tied when Allan Houston put in a Mark Bell miss. Houston almost matched Richie Farmer point for point during (he evening. The smooth 6-foot-4 sophomore contributed 24 points on the evening.
But it was Richie Farmer's night'I've dreamed about it since I was just a little boy," he added with a big grin.
It was his turnaround jumper from 14 feet at the 1:44 mark which gave the Tigers the lead for keeps. Following a Bell miss, Kevin Jackson was fouled and hit one of two free throws with only 25 ticks left.
Bell's layin cut the margin to one, 72-71. but a pair of clutch free throws from both Russ Chadwell, the hero of Clay County's win on Thursday , and Rawlings clinched the win.
The Rupp Arena crowd listed at 19,000 at Saturday night's showdown perhaps saw the best game of the tournament. It was nip-and-tuck for the entire 35 minutes. Clay County's biggest lead on the evening was five points (76-71) while Ballard's largest advantage was four points (47-43). In the first half, no team led by more than two points.
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FIRST ROUND March 25-26
FINALS March 28
Owensboro 55
Madisonville 48
Owensboro 52
Paintsville 80
Monticello 61
Paintsville 58
Paintsville 54
Doss 49
Mason Co. 68
Mason Co. 62
Marshall Co. 71
Ballard 74
Ballard 64
Ballard 61
Ballard 73
LaRue Co. 68
Rowan Co. 48
LaRue Co. 56
Highlands 80
Clay Co 90
Clav Co. 62
Clay Co. 78
Warren Central 45
Madison Central 75
Madison Central 74
Oldham Co. 64
Hazard 53
Oldham Co. 68
Madison Central 58
Clay County 76
Clay County
March 25-28 At Rupp Arena It's Prep All-Star Time Around The Nation
Notes and leftovers.
The next few weeks will keep Kentucky coaches and fans busy following the all-star games which have UK recruits playing in them.
The first of several all-star events is Thursday, April 2 in Landover, Md., where the U.S. All-Stars will take on the Capital All-Stars in the annual Capital Classic. Such big names as Lyndon Jones and Jay Edwards of Marion, Ind., and King Rice of Binghamton, N.Y., will be in action there.
The action shifts to Pittsburgh, Pa., the following night (Friday) when the East meets the West in the annual Dapper Dan All-Star Classic.
There will be a definite Kentucky flavor there as the likes of Sean Sutton, LeRon Ellis and Eric Manuel will all be suited up for this big one. Elliot Perry, the hotshot point guard from Memphis, Tenn., will also be on the West team with Sutton and Ellis.
Manuel will be in action on Sunday, April 12 at the annual McDonald's Ail-American Classic in Philadelphia. Perry will also be playing iti that game which will be televised live over ABC-TV.
Other tops names in that game include Chris Corchiana, Rice, Dennis Scott, Edwards, Jerome Harmon, Sean Higgins, Larry Johnson, Treg Lee, Marcus Liberty, Mike Maddox, LaBradford Smith and Brian Williams, among others.
The biggest of all the star attractions will be on Saturday, April 18 when the Derby Festival Classic is staged at Louisville's Freedom Hall.
It'll be the South versus the North and five of Kentucky's six signees will be suited up, all on the South team. They are Ellis, Jonathan Davis, Deron Feldhaus, John Pitt-man and Sutton.
Other stars include Livingston Chatman, Jerome Harmon, Richard Dumas, John Pelphrey, LaMonte Ware, Desmond Porter and Smith.
One spot is still open for the Derby Festival Classic and reports have it that officials which eventually decide between Kentucky all-Stater Kevin Ellery who is headed to Notre Dame and an unnamed player who most likely will attend the University of Louisville.
Because NCAA rules permit a high school player to participate in only two high school all-star games while school is still in session, many players often miss out on some big games and the recognition which goes along with them.
Right now, Ellis is playing the price, but we'll talk about that situation later on.
The rule is actually a good one. There was a time when player and coach virtually quit school and took their show on the road for extended periods of time after the prep season was over.
Some refer to the NCAA regulation as the Dirk Minniefield Rule because Minniefield played in virtually every all-star game possible his senior year. In many situations, all-star classic promoters encourage the kid to play in game after game by enticing the player's coach to tag along.
Dirk seldom said no. His team played three weeks after the regular season ended as the Lafayette Generals won the Kentucky state championship. He and his coach (Jock Sutherland) continued. It was late April before the games were finally history.
It was only a short time later that the NCAA said high school players should not be allowed to play in an unlimited number of all-star games which required mem to miss so many classes.
So, the NCAA enacted legislation which permitted each player to play in two all-star games.
Later, the rule was amended to allow a player to play in as many other all-star games as he wishes once his senior year of academic work is completed.
At one time there were few all-star classics. First there was the Dapper Dan and then the' Capital Classic. Then the Derby Festival came along with a multitude of others. Practically every state has at least one or two national all-star events.
Players now must choose which two to exhibit their skills. The Big Four are generally considered the McDonald's All-American Game, the Dapper Dan, the Capital Classic and the Derby Festival Classic, in no particular order.
Factors in deciding where to play involve the player's hometown, where he is going to school and national recognition.
Underlying factors involve the recruiting of a certain player's coach by the directors of the classic, promises of making a player an All-American if he chooses a particular classic, etc.
For instance, if a kid is going to attend a Big East Conference school, you can almost bet he'll play in the Dapper Dan in Pittsburgh. The same holds true for a kid who figures to play at Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana or Purdue. They're most likely to play in the Derby Classic.
The Captial Classic had a loyalty among the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East Conference.
Most of the all-star games do wonderful jobs and are class operations and over the years, none has been better than the McDonald's All-American Classic which rotates around the country each year.
This year is an exception.
The player selection committee for the annual McDonald's All-American squad (one of if not the most prestigous selections in the country) omitted a player because that player
could not play in the game because he made committments to play in the Dapper Dan Classic and the Derby Festival Classic.
Thus, Ellis was not among the famous McDonald's All-American team announced recently. There was no mention by McDonald's why he didn't make the team. He just wasn't there.
One of the McDonald's selection committee advisors told us recently that they thought it was wrong for Ellis to turn down the opportunity to play on national television to play in the Dapper Dan Classic.
The same person said the McDonald's people could understand why Ellis wanted to play in the Derby Festival Classic (which just happens to be sponsored by McDonald's also) because Ellis will be attending Kentucky.
The point that was .being made is that the McDonald's people didn't like the idea of a kid choosing Dapper Dan over the McDonald's game. That sounds a bit selfish to me.
It's one thing if Ellis doesn't deserve to be a McDonald's All-American. It's another thing when Ellis is invited, wooed and then threatened that unless he plays in their game, he will not be on the All-American team.
And the McDonald's people stuck by their word. Ellis' name is nowhere to be found on the 1987 McDonald's All-American team.
You might say the McDonald's people have sent a message out to all the young, budding high school stars of tomorrow. And that is, "If you want to be a McDonald's All-American, then you'd better not be caught at Burger King."
Quite frankly, I have a lot less respect for those people today than I had before I heard of this episode.
It's getting lunch time so I'd better wrap this up and grab a bite. Anybody know where the nearest Burger King is located?
I'm back. You know, that Whopper was pretty doggone good. Maybe those folks at McDonald's did me a favor.
Speaking of whoppers, how about that Sweet Sixteen last week at Rupp Arena where Bobby Keith's Clay County Tigers won their first ever state tournament by turning back Louisville Ballard 76-73 in overtime.
Playing before a crowd of 19,000, the 13th
Big Blue Basketball Due In Mid-April
Due to the basketball national letter-of-intent signing date being the second week of April. Oscar Combs' Big Blue Basketball's monthly printing schedule will be changed to accomodate the signing period.
Instead of monthly issues from September through April, with bi-monthly issues for May-June and July-August, the schedule will be monthly from August through March and bi-monthly issues for April-May and June-July. There will be no change in the total number of issues per year, which will still be 10..
The change will also help provide a full issue of summer all-star basketball in August, rather than having to wait until September.
The next issue, dated April-May (Volume 1, Number 3) will be pubished April 15 and should be on the newsstands by April 23 with complete coverage of the national letter-of-intent signings. plus articles on the Dapper Dan Classic and the McDonald's All-American Classic in Philadelphia.
Region champions led much of the way, then fell behind in the fourth period before rallying late and winning in overtime.
The sparkling play of brothers Richie and Russ Farmer was the big reason why the Clay County team became the first mountain team to win the title since Carr Creek turned the trick back in 1956.
But it was the inspired play of 220-pound forward Eugene Rawlings which captured the hearts of the fans Saturday night. Richie scored a game-high 27 points while brother Russ had 14 and Rawlings had 10 in a reserve role.
Earlier in the tourney the big hero was Russ Chadwell who exploded for 43 points against Ft. Thomas Highlands in the opening round. He responded with 19 points in the championship game and finished the tournament with 99 points.
Although many favored Clay County to be playing in the championship game, the Tigers weren't the top mountain team expected win all the marbles.
Paintsville, which had been to the state tournament the previous two years, came in as a favorite along with the likes of Owensboro, Ballard, Madisonville and Mason County.
Ballard and first-year coach Scotty Davenport quickly eliminated those teams in the upper bracket with some down-to-the-wire efforts behind the sophomore sensation Allan Houston, who is the son of University of Louisville assistant Wade Houston.
The younger Houston put on as great a show as I've ever witnessed by a sophomore in the state tournament. He almost led Ballard to the state title, had it not been for the crowd-pleasing Richie Farmer.
Farmer, who missed three shots late in the championship game, regained his eye, hit two jumpers and three free throws in the final 2:44 of regulation, when the Tigers came back from a 57-54 deficit.
For his heroics, Richie Farmer was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
In addition to the thrilling overtime climax, fens enjoyed other monumenal achievements as the Friday night quarterfinal session set a world attendance record for a high school game.
Kentucky High School Athletic Association commissioner Tom Mills said 24,041 went through the gates for the session which saw Clay County turn back Oldham Country and Madison Central whip LaRue County.
The four-day event also set a new KHSAA state tournament attendance record with an estimated 149,088 patrons. Although final official figures will be released later this week, the new mark will easily erase the previous high of 136,035 set back in 1969 at Louisville's Freedom Hall.
Last year's attendance was 114,597 and the year before was 114,173.
Next year's tournament will move back to Louisville and then return to Rupp Arena in 1989. No site has been selected past the 1989 tournament.
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SEC Hoops Reach Pot Of Gold
Kentucky should have a big play offense next season with the return of talented running backs Mark Higgs, Ivy Joe Hunter and Al Baker.
However, UK Coach Jerry Claiborne also wants his defense to become a big play unit.
"The big thing our defense has to improve on is making big plays," said Claiborne Tuesday as he prepared to start spring practice today. "We need to be a more offensive defensive group. That's one big thing we are going to work on this spring.
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'We didn't get enough turnovers last year. That's the biggest thing we need to improve on. We must have dropped 10 or 12 interceptions that were right in our hands. We just have to come up with more interceptions and fumbles."
Kentucky was 35th among 105 Division I schools in turnover margin last year because the offense did not turn the ball over often. UK, though, ranked only 83rd in interceptions.
Another area Kentucky will concentrate on this spring is putting the ball in the end zone when it reaches the 20-yard line. Last season UK attempted 25 field goals but scored only 23 touchdowns
"We were kicking the ball too much last year," said Claiborne. "A team wants to score touchdowns 75 percent of the time it reaches the opponent's 20-yard line and 90 percent of the time from the 10. We didn't do that."
Claiborne hopes to remedy that problem by having his number one offense go against UK's top defense in goal-line situations this spring.
'The coaches have already told us we are really going to concentrate on scoring inside the 20," said junior guard Brad Myers. "We are going to line up and have it.
"It's not a punishment. It is just a way to get the offense conditioned to moving the ball into the end zone. It will also help the defense."
Myers, like the UK coaches, cannot pinpoint why UK has had trouble scoring touchdowns the last two seasons.
"Personally, I think the more it happened (not scoring touchdowns) the more we started believing a field goal was okay," said Myers. "We got better last year late in the season. We have talked a lot about that problem and now we just have to mentally get it in our minds that we are going to score. We can't settle for three points this year when we have chances to score touchdowns."
Kentucky also needs a take-charge player to emerge. Kentucky needs to find another George Adams, Paul Calhoun or Cam Jacobs to exert himself and become a team leader.
"There is no substitute for leadership," said Claiborne. "We need a guy who can get people's attention. That's hard to coach. Leadership is something that just has to come out in a particular individual."
Higgs, UK's only senior riinning back, may or may not be able to supply that leadership. He plans to try, however.
"I have got to show more leadership and help the younger guys now," said Higgs. "I am the only senior in the backfield so it is up to me to show the younger players what it takes to win. That's why I won't even think about individual goals until after spring practice is over this year."
Kentucky must also find a replacement for quarterback Bill Ransdell, a three-year starter, this spring. That won't be easy because Ransdell rewrote most of the UK records during his career.
"I really wonder what he would have done if he had not been injured part of his career," said Claiborne. "Now we have to find someone else to step in because he has been our quarterback for three years.
"The fact Bill has graduated should improve the confidence of our other quarterbacks. I just hope one or two step to the front and fill the void he has left."
The quarterback candidates are: Kevin Dooley, RansdelTs backup the last two seasons; Chuck Broughton, a
redshirt freshman, who played briefly in three games last year; Bill Allen, a junior who played only in the 1986 opener; Eric Green, a redshirt freshman with no experience; and Glenn Fohr, a junior college transfer. Claiborne and his staff will carefully evaluate the talents
Claiborne: No Substitute For Leadership
of each this spring. However, it's no secret that Claiborne is looking for a player he feels is a winner.
"The biggest thing is who gets the ball in the end zone, said Claiborne. "Run it. pass it, kick it. I don't care how as
long as we score."
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THE NCAA Tournament turned into a financial bonanza for the SEC, which had six teams in the field along with the Big Ten Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The SEC finished with an 8-6 record, collecting about $2.8 million to be distributed in various amounts among all 10 conference members.
No conference registered more upsets in the NCAA than the SEC. LSU knocked off three higher seeded teams and Florida, seeded No. 6 in the East, ousted third-seeded Purdue.
Three SEC teams lost to higher seeds  No. 2 Alabama to No. 6 Providence in the Southeast semifinals, No. 8 Kentucky to No. 9 Ohio State in the Southeast opening round and No. 8 Georgia to No. 9 Kansas State in the first round of the West.
LSU's latest success gained the Tigers a national reputation as a team that comes alive at tournament time. That's a complete reversal from what fans and the media were saying about Coach Dale Brown and LSU 13 months ago.
LSU had lost 10 straight post-season games in the NCAA, SEC Tournament and NIT before making its run to the 1986 Final Four.
LSU, which finished fifth in the SEC last season, pulled four straight upsets last year to reach the Final Four. This year the Tigers finished the SEC race in a tie for sixth place with Mississippi. If the Tigers had not reached the SEC tourney final game they probably would not have even made the NCAA field.
LSU reached the regional final by beating seventh-seeded Georgia Tech, second-seeded Temple and third-seeded DePaul before just losing to heavily favored Indiana.
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HIGH SCHOOL basketball will have the three-point goal next season from the same distance of 19-9 that colleges used during the 1986-87 season.
"My first thought is that it will put the little man back in basketball," said Tom Mills, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. "It will open the middle more and eliminate a lot of pushing and shoving.
"A lot of teams have a hot-shot guard. Now he can pop in that shot and win some games a team has been losing Games decided in overtime or by one or two points will
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Final SEC Stats
G Pta. Avg.
White, Term .......             29 711 24.5
Maxwell, Fla .......             34 738 21.7
McKey, Ala........              33 615 186
Moore. Aub.......              31 538 17.4
Pefdue. Variety .....          34 592 1 7 4
A Wilson, LSU.....          38 632 16 6
Farmer. Ala .......             33 546 16 5
Moten, Fla ........              33 528 16 0
Chapman, Ky .....          29 464 16.0
Anderson. Ga......           30 476 15 9
G   Rate. Avg.
Nix, Term .........                29 294 10.1
Moore, Aub .......              31 293 9.5
Henderson, MSU ...   28 253 9 0
Perdue. Vandy .....          34 295 8.7
Smith. Miss........              29 232 8 0
Ansley. Ala ........              33 259 7 8
McKey. Ala........               33 247 7.5
Macflton, Ky ......            29 216 7.4
Brown, LSU .......              38 279 7.3
Morris. Aub .......              31 225 7.3
G No. Avg.
Coner, Ala ........              27 171 6 3
Barnes. Miss .....            29 175 6.0
Jenkins, Term......           25 134 5.4
White, Aub ........              24 124 5.2
Anderson. Ga......           30 150 5.0
Moten. Fla ........              33 146 4.4
Maxwell. Fla .......             34 121 3 6
Chapman, Ky .....          29 105 16
DavamJar, Ky .....          29 101 3.5
Taylor. MSU .......             27 92 3 4
Capers, Fla ......
Perdue, Vandy ...
Ansley, Ala ......
McKey, Ala ......
Lock, Ky.......
Morris, Aub.....i
Madeon, Ky
Moore. Aub.....
Nix. Term ......
Sms. Miss......
J. Lawrence, Fla Booker, Vandy .. Gottfried, Ala
Moten, Fla.......
Draud, Vandy 
Millar, Ky.......
A. Wilson, LSU
White, Tenn .....
Farmer, Ala......
Chapman, Ky
White. Tenn ... Farmer, Ala 
McKey, Ala ____
Coner, Ala.....
Jackson, Ala ... Goheen, Vandy . Blakley, MSU .. Moore, Aub Anderson, Ga . C. Kessler, Ga
110	175	629
233	389	59 9
145	243	59.7
247	425	58.1
91	161	56.5
170	304	55.9
109	197	55.3
208	383	54 3
153	283	54.1
110	209	526
64	127	50.4
85	170	50.0
81	167	48.5
61	137	44.5
54	123	43.9
35	81	43.2
95	224	424
28	68	41.2
36	93	38.7
S8	176	38.6
165	183	90 2
118	133	88.7
100	116	86.2
91	107	85.0
66	78	84.6
114	135	84.4
62	77	80.5
120	150	80.0
77	97	79.4
90	118	76.3
G Pta.
Florida............ 34
Alabama .......... 33
Auburn........ 31
Tennessee ........ 29
Georgia........... 30
Vanderbilt......... 34
LSU .............. 39
Mississippi ........ 29
Kentucky ......... 29
Miss. St........... 28
G Pta.
Miss Si........... 28
Kentucky ......... 29
LSU .............. 39
Mississippi ........ 29
Georgia........... 30
Alabama .......... 33
Tennessee ........ 29
Florida............ 34
Vanderbilt ......... 34
Auburn .......... 31
G Rab*.
Auburn ........... 31
Florida............ 34
Tennessee ........ 29
Georgia........... 30
Vanderbiri ......... 34
Alabama ........ 33
LSU .............. 39
Mississippi ........ 29
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1834 1944
2663 1981 2070 2297 2033 2444 2471 2324
1228 1280 1056 1075 1180 1141 1334 975
84.2 80.0 79.9 752 73.9 735
71.5 70 2
65.5 67.0
69.0 69 6
72.7 750
37.6 36 4 35.8
34.7 346 34 2 336 77l& (jots' &aUSy
totter* To The Editor
Wake Up, Kentucky!
Dear Sir:
We are concerned about Kentucky basketball! A top program in any sport requires constant vigilance in order to stay there and those responsible for running it, as well as the fans, must be willing to look at its performance as it really is, not as it should be nor as they'd like it to be. This means the often painful task of recognizing the BAD along with the GOOD. Cawood Ledford does an outstanding job in this respectpassing out praise and criticism, right during the radio broadcast, when the 'Cats and their players are performing either way. We think this is one reason he is an excellent and popular broadcaster.
Tlw Cats' Pause is in an excellent position to fulfill the same rolebeing a critic as well as a rah-rah tool. We read several letters sent in by sincere Wildcat fans from all over the country but your paper tends to ignore the BAD while perpertrating any GOOD. The Cats' Pause should take a participative role as critic in addition to being the rah-rah vehicle.
Regardless of what all us fans would like Kentucky to be, the record speaks for itself Kentucky basketball is slipping! Now, when all your readers stop gasping at such sacrilege, please let us explain:
We're no longer the terror of the SEC, Alabama and LSU are replacing us and most of the other teams no longer fear us. They just want to beat us because Adolph Rupp beat them so often and so badly in the past. Using the reasoning that the conference has gotten stronger doesn't solve the problem. We believe that the conference, indeed, has gotten stronger but UK has not maintained its superiority by also getting comparitively stronger. We've let the conference get stronger, but we haven't.
In the 1940s we won two NCAA titles, (back-to-back in '48 and '49), an NIT title and an Olympic championship! In the 1950s we won two more NCAA titles and had our only undefeated team. During the 1960s we slipped to only an NCAA runner-up finish, but we bounced back during the 1970s to win another NCAA title, an NCAA runner-up title and another NIT championship! Now, what have we accomplished during the 1980s? No NCAA titles, no NCAA runner-up titles, no NIT titles, no undefeated team, no Olympic teamNO NOTHING! Two of our last three years have been subpar yearsthey may be considered OK for average schools, but we are Kentucky, and to our standards they are subpar! The decade of the 1980s has also seen our national pre-eminence reduced substantially by inroads made against our records by other teams that are closing in. Louisville has gained two NCAA titles on us, Indiana has gained one and North Carolina has made substantial gains against our proud record of being the country's winningest college basketball school. If the current 1980s trend is permitted to continue, they can pass us in a few years. {Note: UNC gained 14 games on UK this season and now trails on the all-time win list by just 22Editor)
As we travel over half of the USA during our business, we have the opportunity to discuss basketball with many knowledgeable fans, and it may come as a surprise to some of our rah-rah fans that we're slowly not being regarded as the premium team in our state anymore. Numerous fans, with no axe whatsoever to grind, tell us that when they think about the top team in the state of Kentucky, U of L come to their minds first (despite it's miserable season this year).
Now, we think rah-rah is great, but rah-rah and blind allegience that sees only the good and ignores the badhoping it will go
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One Man's Addiction A Problem For Many
McClain's Story Has Raised Some Eyebrows
As the NCAA tournament with its mix of drama and excitement, continued play toward the finale in New Orleans, one story overshadowed the event: Gary McLain's Sports Illustrated confession of drug usage while playing for Villanova's 1985 national championship team, and in fact, throughout his entire career at the Philadelphia school.
In the aftermath, there was much for the college basketball community to ponder. The timing. The necessity. The reported payout by magazine to subject. The blanket indictments and so forth.
That McLain would be the hero of his own story isn't surprising
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