xt7qjq0sv29x https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7qjq0sv29x/data/mets.xml The Kentucky Kernel Kentucky -- Lexington The Kentucky Kernel 1997-03-03 Earlier Titles: Idea of University of Kentucky, The State College Cadet newspapers  English   Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. The Kentucky Kernel  The Kentucky Kernel, March 03, 1997 text The Kentucky Kernel, March 03, 1997 1997 1997-03-03 2020 true xt7qjq0sv29x section xt7qjq0sv29x  






By Jay 6. Tale
IVeekend Sports Editor

South Carolina came into Rupp Arena yesterday
wearing nearly all black. It wasn’t anything singular-
ly worthy of regard except for the fact the game
ended up as a funeral of sorts. ..

Black became the appro riate color as several

long-standing records were liiid to rest by the visit—
ing Gamecocks. Rupp’s atmosphere went from
thunderdome to funeral home in a matter of min-
utes as the No. 6 Gamecocks trippediup the Cats,
72 -()6. , .
It was the first time in 33 years that‘a UK senior
day game ended in a loss. The game also marked the
first time a Rick Pitino-coached UK team has lost
two games to the same team in one season. Pitino
has gained a reputation for being the unofficial king
of second-chance preparation, but any revisions that
sprung out oflast month's loss in Columbia failed to
make a difference in yesterday’s rematch.

“We lived on the outside too much today," Pitino
said. “We took the open shot, but we need more
inside dominance. Our philosophy is to take open
shots —— they just didn’t go down tonight.”

What was goin down were the South Carolina
free throws. The (gamecocks hit 33—of-44 from the
line while the Cats only attempted I5. It was a game
littered with fouls, 44 in all, which had Carolina at
the free-throw line and Pitino in the showers. The
Cats' head coach was ejected late in the contest for
arguing a call.

“My frustration with the end of the game was
from the Vanderbilt and Tennessee games,” Pitino
said. “I’m not pleased with the way things have been
happening. I’m tired of certain things."

Also growing tiresome for Pitino is likely the
inconsistency of UK’s supporting cast. Several of
the Cats’ ke contributors had difficulty at the
offensive endyagainst Carolina —— Allen Edwards,
Jared Prickett and Scott Padgett combined to shoot
4-0f-23, netting only 12 points.

“We have to be able to go inside when the shots
don’t fall,” Padgett said. “We relied too much on
our outside me.”

Indeed, t e Cats shot a season«low 32.4 percent
from the field, including an 0-for-seven perfor-
mance to start the game. It was that kind of shooting
which played right into the Carolina game plan.
USC was banking on UK crimeter futility and Big
Blue’s inability to cope with a sagging zone defense.

“We played more zone than we normally do,
because we wanted to make them beat us from the
outside,” USC coach Eddie Fogler said. “I thought
that outside of Ron Mercer, we guarded them pretty
well on the perimeter.”

Though the Cats struggled as a whole, Mercer
was able to find some comfort outside the lane. lie
connected on 5-of—8 from beyond the arc and led
the Wildcats with 25 points.

“It was a tough loss,” Mercer said. “It was just
one ofthose days.”

But “those days” have been a recurring theme
among the 3rd-ranked Cats’ past several contests.
Five of UK’s last six games have seen Big Blue shoot
below its season shooting average. Pitino has fre-
quently swept aside media scrutiny surrounding

See GAME on 3



KISS ME UK Theater’s production of the
musical ‘Kiss Me Kate’ deliver: with power-

fill performances. See Diversions, page 6.

. .w». -._....... “.4

WEATHHI Scattered T-
storms today, high 50. Mostly
cloudy tonight, low 40. Partly
cloudy tomorrow, high 60




March 3, I 997

o (flaw/led” 1 Campus 5
Z (.‘rusru'ord‘l 1 Sports 2
Inventions 5 Viewpoint 10





[A81 "MIRA" Anthony Epps earned a hug from his daughter, Derek Anderson showed affthejevxels and ]ared Prickett askedjbr more cheers in pregame ceremonies.

Seniors struggle in last stand at Rupp

By Chris Easlerling
Sports Editor

()ne ofthe most successful —— yet underappreciat-
ed —- senior class ever to wear the blue and white of
UK said goodbye to the fans prior to the Cats' 72-66
loss to South Carolina yesterday.

Derek Anderson, Anthony Epps andjared Prick-
ett each have experienced their shares of

the good things that have happened," he said. “and a
lot of those outweigh the bad. This is a once—in—av
lifetime experience that I have enjoyed."

Among the good things that he can reflect on is
the 50-point outburst against Indiana this season, as
well as the revenge ofsorts he handed Louisville on
New Year's live.

And of course, there is the national championship,

which all three seniors can remember


highs and lows while at UK, and the pre-
game festivities provided the trio an
opportunity to look back on their careers.

“I mean it when I say it," UK Coach
Rick Pitino said during the ceremony,


with great pride.

The Rupp Arena crowd also found out
that the Louisville native is engaged to be

Shaunda Roberts, who used to play for

, .

“that one ofthe different things about the 111m!” all the the women’s team before quitting back in

University of Kentucky is that Kentucky fan-5' and February, and Anderson were en raged

fans never say goodbye to their players; playersa lot. back in December. The wedding (late is

they remain part of their family for the It’sjust “in the future," he said.

rest oftheirlives.“ been a cat For Iipps, it was a career filled with
Anderson's collegiate career has been carefrr” constant battles to remain as the point

marred by both pain and injury, dating
back to his first two years at Ohio State.
His career at UK is closing much like
his two years in Columbus did, with him
sitting on the bench due to a torn anteri—


Jared Pricketl
UK senior forward

ruard despite several attempts to unseat

From jeff Sheppard to Tony Delk to
\Vayne Turner, there has been somebody
with whom he has had to fight for the job.
But in the end, the 6-foot-2 Lebanon



or cruciate ligament.
But unlike his years as a Buckeye, his two years
won’t end with his leaving due to an imminent
NCAA probation.
“It's a good day because you get to remember all

native always seem to end up on top.

It was lipps whom Pitino called the “straw that
stirs our drink” several times during the champi-
onship run. It was also Epps who hit the two free

throws that pulled UK ahead of Arkansas for good
after trailing by nine in overtime in the 1995 South-
eastern Conference 'l‘ournamcnt championship

“I guess if you look it up in the dictionary," I’itino
told the crowd, “you'll find many definitions to the
word ‘winner.’

“I le’s won a high school championship for Mari‘
on County, he's won a national championship at
Kentucky," he said. “... The biggest wuiner Ken.
tucky's ever had Anthony I‘prs."

l’rickett faced the longest road to Senior Day,
playing five years at UK due to a knee injury that
kept him out of the final 31 games last year.

But along the way, he left many memories which
will live in fans" minds for a very long time — memo~
ries such as the 20-rebound game versus Arkansas at
Rupp Arena in 1994, and the 22-point, I l—rebound
effort in the I993 regional final against Florida State.

“It's been a great time," I’rickett said. “I'll miss all
the fans and players a lot. It's just been a great

Should the Cats advance to the I’inal liour this
year, l’rickett would be only the second \Vildcat ever
to be a )art ofthree liinal liour teams while at UK.
The ot er was Walter Ilirsch, who played from
1948—5 1.

“He's not -loe Namath," l’itino said of l’rickett,
“but he didn‘t get a (championship) ring last year and
he says he's going to get one this year."


SWEEP" lll' jeggfines of the Lexington Streets and Roads department cleans up debris afier a
tree fell upon a par ed car on Stone Avenue. For additional flood coverage, see page 4.

Staff Writer

the rising tide.

M8 CRISP Kernel mfl

Maurey Bond was watching
watching a movie when he got the
call Saturday night.

On the other end of the line,
student ministry intern Brandon
Tosti pleaded for immediate help
at the Catholic Newman Center.

When Bond arrived at 7:45
p.m., he walked down metal stairs
to the basement of the Newman
Center and stopped four short.
He looked up and saw a wooden
cross floating by Rev. Dan Noll
who was waist-deep in flood
waters directing students and
parishioners in an effort to slow

“I was expecting a leak, and it
was like a river,” said Bond, a
Louisville sophomore. “But when
I saw the cross, I knew everything
was going to be okay.”

Trying to keep alloat

By Aaron Sandenord

Within a halfhour, more than
20 volunteers formed a pair of
bucket lines to bail water from the

Water was inching closer to a
circuit breaker that could have left
the place of worship without

Louisville junior Amy Goss‘
man said the group sang Christian
hymns like “Wade in the Water"
to pass the time.

“We wore out water songs,"
she said. “It was coming in faster
than we could get it out, but we
helped slow it down.”

The effort continued until
three mechanical pumps were
brought in at 11:30 p.m. to finish
the job.

By Sunday morning, the water
was gone.

“At first it was just trusting that
See FLOOD on 4



Scientists clone
two rhesus monkeys

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Researchers have pro-
duced two monkeys with a procedure similar to
that used to clone a sheep in Scotland, a devel-
() ment expected to help research into AIDS,
a coholism, depression and other illnesses.

The cloning of the rhesus monkey is less
dramatic than the cloning of the shee ). This is
because primitive embryos, rather t an adult
animals, were duplicated.

But it marks the first time it has been used
to re roduce animals so closely akin to humans.

“ veryone is really excited about the poten-
tial of this and I think it's goin to make for
much, much better science, ant much better
experiments,” said M. Susan Smith, director of
the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center,
where research the was conducted.

Cloning continues to spark ethical debates.

Compiled from wire reports.


Student tickets to he sold to public

By Brian Dunn
Surf Writer

The UK Ticket Committee unanimously voted
Friday to accept the proposal to sell 1,700 student
basketball and 2,000 student football tickets to the
public, faculty and staff.

Athletics Director C. M. Newton proposed the
change to the committee because of a decline in stu-
dents buying tickets. This year, for example, students
bought about 1,800 of the 6,700 tickets allotted to
them per game.

After guests and the general public buy tickets,
about 800 tickets per game remain unsold.

“'o’. a'mnno a n‘n‘mn oL-o an" ‘54-"... unar- iuuan'a ”

Newton told the committee. “We think this is the
best solution.”

The 1,700 basketball tickets will be sold yearly on
a non-priority basis, Newton said. Faculty and staff
would get about 75 percent of the tickets. The
remainder would go to the general public and possi-
bly, part-time students.

Whitney Hale, director of governmental affairs
for the Student Government Association. represent-
ed students. Shc didn’t like the vote, but she said it
was reasonable to ask for the change considering fac-
ulty, staff and part-time students would get the tick-
I‘1 feel sorry for the future student, but it was a

annnnnnk'n n ..... ”I " FL. “:1

Dean of Students David Stockham said in a way
students voted for the change by not using their
allotment of tickets.

“Numbers aren’t opinions,” he said. “They are

Stockham said he liked the pro osal because it
gave students the chance to regain eir tickets each
year. Before the actual vote took place, Bob Lawson,
alumni professor of law, suggested concentrating on

etting the student participation back. For example,

{ale said, if students try to get tickets next year and
are turned away, then the 1,700 tickcm given to oth-
ers will be reduced in I998.

To this, SGA President Alan Aja said uestioning
the overall process of student ticket istribution
would be a start. Aja suggested a joint effort between
the Athletics Department, Student Affairs and SGA
to evaluate the current system.

\Ynnv’no‘ ant-Ana ant. pair. Bio no- u'n" -- c‘nn'eLa-v“

and Aja would meet within two weeks to form an
evaluation committee to investigate the current pro-
cess of students getting tickets.

Aja said several factors, including the $5 charge
and where the students sit, contribute to poor stu—
dent attendance. Although he didn’t support the
change, he understood the decision.

“The committee had to do what they had to do,”
he said. The committee also voted to increase the
price of men’s basketball tickets from Sl7 to $20 in
the lower arena and $13 to $1 5 in the u per arena.

Senior Associate Athletic; Director [any Ivy said
the rise in ticket prices would bring the UK’s prices
in to the same as other universities, such as Kansas,
bforth Carolina, and Duke, all three of which have
prices of $20 or more. Newton also proposed that
the basketball pep band be moved from its traditional
sideline seats to the end zone under the student sec-







7 proves
for UK in

By Rob Herbal
H 'ed'md Span; Editor


(ll IA'I'I‘ANOOGA, Tenn. —

I ms of business suits and very few
'c'K jerseys

I l1.1t s 11 bar described the Cats'

be rich during the first round

81 iiitheastern Conference

Women's basketball tournament

2 :Mauday, Mmb 3. I997, Knirudy Kmu/

lilo. 9 and Auburn



ers in the first half UK’s defense
forced the Lady Razorbacls to
shot a weak 32 percent from the

A Nikki llay three-pointer
from the left corner with four sec-
onds remaining in the half sent
UK to the locker room with a 33-
-8 lead and thinking upset over
nationally ranked Arkansas.





-1iiie against Arkansas on Friday "At halftime we had a gut
ilii-i-noon. ' check " said Arkansas head coach
llL‘tJllSC of two players detcc» (i1r1 Blair. ‘There was a little
iiiiis during the revival going on
.1‘111111 and a and our folks
Voiitla .lackson were in the front
root canal pews;
“JIL’CTV. the Cats Ar ’ansas'
iiitiiight seven “mansasvrl' "K 6“ awakening ‘
which to UI‘C spelled doom tor
\i chi The UK a (71): Smith 2-7, 3-4 7 Messer 59. 2.3 UK
ripport staff LZSY;IS%".75'SEEOQQE‘C'flgfl'B‘Ozg'z‘O- . Two minutes
'.""r'-" ‘l‘mmCd Adamsy5-8,'O-010:JI;1-’ies 2-4 z-ée 0115- m“? the ”mm"
:1111 with 13 tensen0.1_0-00,Robersch-0.000.811- hall Arkansas
'W'mhm- lertield 0-0.0-0 0;anmo 13.0.1 0 Totals tied the game
Those seven 28-56, 11-19 71 and an l8-l run
1-I 11ers »— six and o1er the span of
bill if you IIllOfl):Mamnez1»4.128,1‘Jaitarii71.1. nine minutes
. Hay 6-15. 23 16. Vieth 312 2-4 5.097‘111'34- .. ..
..111 R”l’."“ 7.6-614;Boyd1—6.2»44.EmbryGE 21-0 1 "“‘ICd the (“m
‘ 1 .liry's lour Totals 19.49. 19226 50 dream for .111
1 notes of ammo upset.
stayed with . "\Vliat hap—
'l1e No. 23 Lady :Z'i'rAl'i:3213:1122“R9101li:2ds 5:23 in: pened was that
it‘lnrlmtxin for 121Hav2~7Mar11nez1‘2.'B«.1y00-§,oWaiiu-1iARK "Pi . four I," 'SE
~~ “[65 4.12 WISOO3~5. M95591 «4.5n1imo-2cnm I’ "It“ “0“
In fore falling 71— iensenw Assasts UK 11 \Denk1n54),ARK16 down their two
’il} {Smth 7) Blocxs UK21jMartinez,V'iem.AnK2 in the second
“I'm very (MasseyAdams: Fouls UK 19,ARK 22 famed half 1’ Blair said.
:21 i illtl of our 2932;}? Tem'ca's MSGMAF'K’ ‘ \\ e just started
1; 1111. They ‘ taking it to
$1.11 ed .1 lot (if theini"
Upltit twining out here with seven The numbers give evidence
:5 1111s." said L'K head coach that the (Iats were exhausted. UK

on ll‘.lllt‘llt‘ .\latto.\'.
111 it be ir'ts out."

lbey played

Ihe \\'ildtats' seven came out
.1..I outplayed Arkansas' 13 play~

starting center Kim l)enkinsh.1da
terrific first half 11'1th Ill points
and eight rebounds.

The second half was different

CENTER OF ATTENTION UK 5 Kim Denkim scored 14 points; but it warn t
enough a: the Can 1111! to Arkansas in the SEC Tournament.

as l)enkins )ut in only four points
and g1 abbed three rebounds.

I got .1 little tired towards the
end of the game but I h .1d to suck
it up and play hard " she said.

llay led the ( .1ts with In points
while l)enkins.1nd liffam \\ ait
(hipped in with 14 each. Kimberly
\Vllstm Arkansas with 15

L'K ends the season with an 8~
18 merall record and a 2-H) Sl‘iC




slams top

By Jolt Vinson
Managing Editor

There’s a reason the second day of
the Southeastern Conference's
Women’s Basketball Tournament
is dubbed “Upset Saturday” ——
Georgia Coach Andy Landers
lived it.

For the second ear in a row,
the No. 4 Lady Buhdogs entered
the tournament as
the No. l seed and
left early, falling 757-
47 to ninth—seeded
Auburn. Tiger's
Coach Joe Ciampi's
squad became the
lowest seed ever to
knock out the top

“\Ve got beat
more mentally than
physically," It's just
embarrassing the
way we played.”
Landers said. “The
first three posses--
sions we are jacking
up shots off the first
pass. Next (UGA is)
up 20 and we are in a

Ciampi, whose team upped its
mark to 5—5 against To 25 teams,
said the win, “wasn‘t a Euke."

“It was 40 minutes of great has-
ketball,” he said. “This is a great
accomplishment in terms ofwhat
we tried to do defensively.”

Wrath 111 Autumn

JAMES CRISP Ktnlr/ 511]}


I‘Iad Arkansas lost to UK its
postseason hopes might have been
in jeo ardy. Although the Lad '
Razorfiacks were a Top 25 squacl,
they finished 7th in the SEC.

“\Ve would have been out of


the NCAA Tournament had we
lost that ball game," Blair said.
On Saturday Arkansas (18-10,

The Tigers continued their
winning ways yesterday nipping
Tennessee 61 -59.

5—7) lost to No. 7 Alabama 85—63

in the second round.

Laticia Morris’ layup with 1.9
seconds sends Auburn to the
championship game tonight


Advertise in the Kernel.
; Cd 257-2171


Th e



50. Illinois Unii. flint 3/l6l
121 thru 4,18)


5111119111181. thfllfilim




1.3110: 1119- 257 2746 1“



.yfl,...... .

'txnlbll: ‘11 Wen Xi, mm: In ”My 0r, 2574929 (lhru 3/04)

homunculus Wmmmm

mammmmm. 11.101113201111511»


Lawnmwwumm ‘ "

against Florida.

T he Gators defeated Alabama
in the second semifinal 83-72.
ESPNZ will carry the title game
live at 7.

With two wins this weekend,
Auburn may have earned itself a
spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers can remove all by
earning the conference tourna-
ment champions' automatic bid
with a win over the No. 10
Gators, which should receive an
at-large bid if they lose.







lllim 8/07)

$850. $7



11111111 Afinelrrl'lflg mWamm 2%

hmmmmfsbo; alumina. massing-110 8?


Campus Cdl( ntlai is a free. service which appears in the Monday edition of the Kcntut ky he rncl.
spt (lill c1cnls and sporting e1cnts, must have all information to Student A(llVlll(S room 205 ()l (.iII 257 81467 om 1111 ix piioi lo piiblit .1lion

1161811011111. mammnmmm
, 1111111 “WWWMQIMW‘U‘I‘M Miilldl: 1115111111 25749111

ummmmaowm 11191111111211.1111

$850. $7

. on . .
manning-mum“ iuopinizamq .m "1:
ms li- m


mummmmm 117m

Commander-anointing. 31116611011.


mam «

Cokmbla M; 257m


mama-gm. Davidllaiin.

\‘ll’. )Nl ZSI)/\Y

WVmalAitsCmim'ttuflmz-Jtlpn 2053111121101

m Stunt mmrmm Toma, 7:30pm 129 is i



',.. its. new; when

.3 1‘1“... .
mfiwm' -.

nu ..

3 /~5

1110031201 Muslim- 257 2786
£2 mhwmmwmmm
may; mammmmm' 15011111 3271mm: 5.00pm


11mm . .
'W-i mgwmmtiymufini‘fls
% «uswsrmaoopmmmn

1 muuM'bymmmmcmndiaymh 'i
, ' musing-1.1231101011211111

$850 $7


*2 unitizmpnuuqagm
aimmmvosm-m 22.
1150.17 ,,

h“ \s.‘
. duammh

farm 1.1011. 201m m

{Ilasll-IIIMIM. imamm' 0111
mums. .
{Ihslelisvsl‘bddalmdoust 1211011111; 11min
“we“ 1s. 01: it's. 7.0111111; 01111111. is

Sunday 3/9


1111mm Kichllatc mundane, l'lneMslSlnglO.

cnmnms, 111mm

888“ “GA

forty Illltu let em»

Getting to the semifinals was
tough enough for Tennessee,
which needed overtime to upset
LSU 100- 9‘). Ihe game pitted the
No. 5 Lady Volunteers a ainst
No. 4 seed Lady Tigers an lived
up to the hype.

Down 17 points in the second
half, LSU stormed back to tie the
Lady Vols 88-88 and send the
game into extra
minutes. But with
3.3 seconds left in
()T and many of
tlie orange~clad
faithful preparing
tor a second over-
time. L'T fresh-
man Kyra lilzy
sank a one of two
free throws to give
Tennessee the win.

“It was a mag-
nificent game for
fans to watch. But
for this team it is
not good enough,"
LSL' Coach Sue
Gunter said. “\Ve
need to learn one
lesson from this
game. You have to play 40 min-

let's Ill! lllllcll

\Vhen asked about l’.l7.y follow-
ing the overtime victory. Ten-
nessee Coach Pat Summit said.
“I‘d take her to war with me (Sat-

The comment was significant
because after the Lady Volunteers
first round win over South Caroli-
na, Summit challenged l‘ilzy to
“go to war."

She said of lilzy, “I always tell
her she’s the kind of person I
would take to lunch. but r. )t to

lil7y's I-l points on 4-of-7
shooting, including the game—
winningr free throw, and 9
rebounds against LSU earned her
war—hero type praise.

Bin shoes III "II

This year's SEC tournament
set a two-day attendance record
with 26,178. The ball will be in
Georgia's court as the tournament
moves to Columbus next season
after five years in Chattanooga.

All r1 (iistt it (i 11111.1iii/.1lioiis \\ l\lllll(1 to publish me 1 tiiiqs l( ( [1111 s,







use I" Eyre 02* r ‘


.- 2-». 1-91-1123,er 1:53.11
, .



H-F'nraftlv. AHT'VC".







.‘ yu~._.~.


 .‘oemrfias'ns‘mho. 11:363.“;







un- ,


.5, a. .


' ' Gamecocks shitt SEO







W110 "I: the [art team to defiat the Cat:
on Senior Day?

$961 11.10919 mo sq! r33!” (lemma em '18 :u

MGI‘BGI‘ 1101101'811
as Wildcats' MVP

By Brett Dawson
Senior Staff Writer

It was a ceremony as hurried as
Ron Mercer‘s UK career.

In 10 minutes that served as a
representative microcosm of.\1er—
cer's two seasons in Lexington,
the sophomore bid farewell to the
Rupp Arena crowd yesterday after
the \Vildcats' 72—66 loss to South

“You look back to elementary
School and it seemed like a day of
school took a whole week," Mer-
cer, who will enter the NBA draft
after this season, said after the cer—
emony. “And now you get to col-
lege and it flies by. I feel like I
haven‘t even had time to think."

But UK Coach Rick l’itino had
time to thank Mercer. to whom he
awarded a trophy, adding that the
sophomore would he presented
with a dozen spandex UK shorts
to wear under his NBA game
shorts next season.

Michael Jordan, who wears a
pair of North Carolina shorts
under his Chicago Bulls uniform,
inspired the gift, Pitino said.

The Nashville native kept UK
in the game with 25 points, but
saw the (Lats lose on Senior Day
for the lirst time in 33 years.

“The seniors didn‘t deserve
this.“ Mercer siitl. shaking his
head. “They didn‘t deserve to go
out with a loss like this. They
dCServed to win this one.”

Mercer did his best to give his
teammates the win in the first half,
scoring 18 of UK’s 30 points
before halftime. That included a
4—for-5 performance from the
three-point range.

“\Ve played tnore zone than we
normally do, because we wanted
to make them beat us from the
outside," South Carolina Coach
Fddie Fogler said. “1 thought that
outside of Ron Mercer, we guard-
ed them pretty well along the

But the Gamecocks put the
clamps on Mercer in the second
stanza. limiting the All—America
candidate to 2-of-5 shooting and
only a single three. .

Still, Mercer's jumper with 1.8
seconds remaining gave UK hope
in the game, and his stat line —— 25
points, two rebounds, four assists
and five three-pointers — contin—
ued the solid all-around play that
has NBA scouts ranking him
among the three best players in
June's draft.

After a lengthy cooling-off
period, Mercer came onto the
floor of an arena that was still
more than half-filled to say his
goodbyes. The fans who remained
cheered loud and long both when
1’itino mentioned the national
championship, and when he told
."vlt‘l’tCl about the UK shorts.
emblazoned with Mercer's num-
ber, 33, on one leg and “Ken—
tucky” on the other.





JAMES CRISP Riv-ml mff

END 01‘ "1‘ ROAD Sophomore Ron .11errerlmrerr his head in dejet'n'on while
[icing honored {Ifit’l‘ the Catr' 72-66 loss to South Caro/mu.

“(The shorts) are for you to
wear in your future All-Star pro-
fessional career,” 1’itino told .\1cr<
cer. Mercer looked detected and
addressed the crowd briefly.

“1 still hau- some business to
take care of," Mercer said after—
ward. ”l've got a goal of winning
another national championship
this year."





mmmt counts Kermit-raj
80” "we" Sophomore Nazr Mohammed goes upfor

a shot over the Gamecocks’ PVilliam Gallman.

Mohammedfinixhed the context with nine points and

nine reboundx.









By Jay G. Tate
lVeekend Spam Editor

It’s been a strange year in the Southeast-
ern Conference.

For years, Kentucky and Arkansas have
dominated the conference, winning a com-
bined eight of ten division crowns since

But this season saw a changing of the
guard which may perhaps signal the emer—
gcnce of several former SF.C also—rans into
the realm ofbi -timc colle c basketball.

South Carolina tnade t c biggest splash

'8 balance 01 IIOWBI‘

\rVe're playing with a great deal of confi—

But ifanyonc should know the dangers of
looking too far ahead. it’s this Gamecock

To their credit, they have been able to
learn from their early—season debacle and
focus on each game —— knowing that even
the slightest hint ofm'er—conlidence could
result in Poor Basketball, Act 11.

uThe tournament is going to be a real
challenge for us because we will be playing
some tough teams," sophomore guard 13.].
McKie said. “\Ve need to have the (‘0an-

this season, finding their way into the NOTEBOOK dcncc that we played with today in

Associated Press Top 20 polls for the
first time in several years.

Their 15-1 record in the SFC has earned
them their first conference title in the
school’s history. But it didn't always look so
good for the Gamecocks.

They were 7—5 early in the season and
reeling from incomprehensible losses to
Charleston Southern and UNC—Asheville.
An early 23-point pounding at the hands of
Virginia made an SEC championship seem
about as likely as the Wildcats not winning
the East: slim to none.

But USC was able to regroup and start-
ing winning tough games. Two wins over
UK and a 97-83 pounding of Cincinnati at
the Bearcats’ home court has provided
validity to the claim that the Gamecocks are
indeed for real.

“I wilLsay, in my opinion, that the win at
Cincinnati told me we were good,” Fogler
said after esterday's game. “Now, after
today, I really feel like we can beat anybody.

order to succeed in Memphis."

P111110 88111 10 1118 shower:

After seemingly taking a charge along the
baseline with only seconds remaining, UK’S
Anthony Fpps flew to the floor anticipating
a last chance to win the game. However,
there was no call on the play and USC was
able to inbound the hall safely.

The no—call sent UK coach Rick Pitino
into a rage on the sidelines, where referee
Andre Patillo took spirited verbal abuse antl
sent the head coach to the showers.

“lfit's not a charge, it's a block," l’itino
said. “You have to call something there."

Crying OVOI' Illlll Illilk

All the anxiety surroundin‘ the confer—
ence scedings seemed to be afl for naught.
Rather than play the Alabama/Florida win—
ner, UK will now face the Auburn/Ten-
nessee winner. UK went undefeated against
those four teams this season.


Represent Lancié, a New York-based cosmetics
and skin tare company. Earn the spending money

Kentucky Kernel. Monday. Marrh 3, 1997 8

“A". those time: we came in here and got waxed,
Isaiditwasfim. Now, it’sahitmorefien.”

Edd“ FOIIOI, South Carolina head coach afier USC '1 72-66 win yesterday.

Guards able to awe/e
UK ’s fitll court press
From PAGE 1

quently swept aside media scruti-
ny surrounding shooting percent-
ages, but he nows things can‘t
continue at this pace if UK is to

experienced guard play.

The Gamecocks sport two A11-
SEC guards in Larry Davis and B}
McKie. Throw in a top—notch ball
handler like Melvin “’atson and
USC finds itself able to handle
UK's trademark defensive pres-

“Our goal was to stick to the
game plan, and we did 2 eat job
of executing." McKie saigi.“Win-
ning today‘s game really has given
me a great feeling."

For South


thrive in the post-

“When you are
wide open, it's dif-
ficult not to take
the shot," l’itino
said. “\Ve need a
better attack on
the inside against
the zone. \\'e
need to attack the
inside. Nan
(Mohammed) is
starting to do that
but it will be there
at tournament

Pad rett agreed
with tie analysis
and insisted better
days lie ahead for
the Cats at this
week's Southeast—
ern Conference
tournament. Bench

“\Ve want to A “-325
come out and


South carollna 72. Ill 88

use (72): L Davns 4-7. 9-10 20; Gallman 2-3.
4-5 8; Stack 1-3. 0—3 2; McKie 4-12. 13-14 22;
Watson 3-8. 36 9; H.Dav15 0-1. 0-0 0;
Wilbourne1-3. 3-4 5; Johnson 1-2. 1-2 3;
Camsle 1-1. 0-0 3; Rouse 0-0. 0-0 0

Totals. 17-40. 3344 72.

ll (88): Edwards 2-10. 1-1 5; Epps 2-5. 00
6; Mercer 9-19. 2-2 25; Padgett 2-10, 0-0 5;
Magloue 1-5. 1-1 3; Mohammed 3-9; 3-4 9;
Turner 2-7. 1-4 5; Pridtett 0-3. 2-3 2; Mills 2-
3. 0-0 6. Totals: 23-71. 10-15 66.

Halltlme: USC 32. UK 30 Rebounds. USC 43
(Stack 8), UK 37 (Mohammed 9). Threepomt FG:
USC 5-10 (LDaws 34,McKle1-3.Carlisle 11.
Watson 01, Stack 01), UK 1029 (Mamet 5-8,
Edwards 07. Padgett 1-6. Epps 2-5. Mills 2-3).
Assists: USC 9(MCK19. Watson 3). UK 18 (Edwards
6) Blocks. USC 1 (Stack). UK 4 (Maglotre 3). Fouls
USC 14, UK 30 Fouled mt Mills Tedmucals UK

Carolina, great
feelings were in
high surplus
after winning
the school's
first ever con-
ference title in
any sport. It
was especially
sweet for
Fogler. who
has walked out
of Rupp Arena
with his fair
share of bad
“I've been
saying (Rupp)
is one of the
great places to
coach for
years," Foglcr
said. “All those
times we came
in here and got
waxed, I said it
was fun. Now,



erase the memory
of the past few weeks," Padgett
said. “\Ve want to start blowing
people out with the press like we
did earlier in the season."

UK's full—court pressure has
been the thrust behind the pro—
giam's success. However, South
Carolina seems to have found the
(Iats' version of kryptonite —-

it's a bit more
fun because we won."

\‘Vith the win. South Carolina
secured the No. 1 seed in the con-
ference tournament. USC demot-
ed UK to the East No. 2 slot,
which has the Cats facing the
Auburn/Tennessee winner on Fri-
day at 7:30 pm.

llF flips over "It

The UK Gym Kats posted a
strong score of 193.000, but lost
to No. 11 Florida Friday night in
Gainesville. Florida scored a

The Gym Kats had solid per-
formances in each event. Senior
Robin Ewing had a strong night,
scoring a 9.650 on the vault, a
9.825 on the uneven bars and a
9.875 on the balance beam.

Freshman Kristen lloeferlin
continued to lead Kentucky,
raising her career-high in the all-
around competition by scoring a

lloeferlin took second in the
all-around behind Florida's
Chrissy Vogel, who posted a

The 193.000 will help UK in
terms of a Regional Qualifying
Score (RQS).

The Kats posted a 190.925 at
Auburn, which will be replaced
by Friday night's score in official


The UK women’s tennis team
won five of the six singles match-
es and cruised past Purdue 7—2
Sunday at the Hilary 1. Boone



Indoor Tennis Center.

The \Vildcats (5-3, 0-1
Southeastern Conference) also
won two of the three doubles

Coach Mark Guilbeau said
the Wildcats have made
improvements, but UK needs to
make more progress to compete
in the SEC.

“There were some encourag-
ing things today. But, we need to
keep progressing, because the
SEC is a very different level of
play," Guilbeau said.

The Cats were led by junio