xt7r222r5p8h https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7r222r5p8h/data/mets.xml University of Kentucky 1980  athletic publications English University of Kentucky Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guides (Men) Basketball, 1980 text Basketball, 1980 1980 2012 true xt7r222r5p8h section xt7r222r5p8h  KENTUCKY TRADITION ENRICHED WITH NAISMITH MEMORIAL HALL OF FAME GAME APPEARANCE
When the Kentucky Wildcats meet the opening tipoff of the first annual Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Springfield, Mass., Nov. 17, another chapter will be written in college basketball's richest tradition.
The Wildcats became world famous under the tutelage of Adolph Rupp, who took over an already sound program in 1930 and built a powerhouse that attracted national attention in the late 30's and early 40s with a fastbreak offense that helped popularize the game as it is known today.
The nickname "Wildcats" fit their style of never-say-die, give-no-quarter play and their finely honed teamwork became a standard for all team sports.
And the name "Kentucky" (An Indian name meaning "Happy Hunting Ground") had a lyrical ring to it, further enhancing the aura surrounding the "Kentucky Wildcats."
But it was the year 1948 before Kentucky really became a worldwide household name when five Wildcats Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, Cliff Barker, Alex Groza, Ralph Beard and Capt. Kenny Rollinslater immortalized as the "Fabulous Five," led the United States to the Olympic Gold Medal in London, England.
Now under the direction of Joe B. Hall, a freshman on that 1948 Wildcat team, Kentucky has, if anything, become a more solid and feared team than ever as Hall has racked up a 154-54 seven-year record for an average of 22 wins per year. Included in that string are a 1978 NCAA championship, a 1975 NCAA runner-up, a 1976 NIT title and four Southeastern Conference championships.
The Wildcats became the first college team to reach 1,0XX) victories when they beat Florida, 88-67, Jan. 11, 1969. The Wildcat's current total of 1,238 is far ahead of No. 2 Kansas' 1,183, and their respected opponent in the "Hall of Fame" game, Duke, whose 1,090 wins rank ninth.
Two Kentuckians have been enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp in 1968 and Cliff Hagan, current UK Director of Athletics, as a player in 1978.
FRONT COVER PICTURE-Coach Joe B. Hall, kneeling, poses with Wildcat seniors Jay Shidler, La Von Williams and Kyle Macy.
Credits: UK Photo ServicesJohn Mitchell, Ken Goad and Bill Wells; Bradley Photographers, Dallas, Texas. Design and Layout; UK Printing Services-Mark Elam, Sharon Clemmons and Ed Swift. ti
University of Kentucky Basketball Facts-1979-80
University ArcJUvet
All-Americans. All-NCAA...........44 50
All Conference.....................49
Athletic Director Hagan........11-13, 139
Administrative Staff  Ham, Ivy,
Feamster, Bradley...............21-22
Athletic Association
Board of Directors.................14
Staff Members....................9
Attendance Records..............14. 56
Award Winners (Annual)...........39-43
Barnstorming, 1978................. 118
Basketball Staff
Coach Hall.................15-18, 139
Assts Parsons, Hamilton. Dean
Lankster.............. 19,20. 139. 140
Green, McCombs, Keightley, Casey,
Rollins. McMackm. Weede........24
Student Assistants...............145
Coaches Through Years..............28
Fabulous Five.....................121
Frosh All-Time Records...............80
Hall of Fame..........Inside Front, 13, 43
Helm's Selections...................13
Home Floor Losses..................27
Lettermen Through Years.........119-121
Modern Record (1946 to Date).......51-54
NCAA 50- Year Win Leaders...........79
NCAA TitlistS......................28
Nickname. Origin of.................74
Olympics....................38. 39. 72
Opponents Information
Highs and Lows..............117-118
Record vs. 1979-80, and All
Scouting Reports..............81-102
Kentucky Outlets...................3
Radio-TV Networks.........Inside Back
Working Information................2
Margaret I. King Library - North DEX      University of Kentucky
"^'t^fl^fon, Kentucky 40506
Rupp Arena.....................55, 56
Schedule..................Back Cover
Scorers  Top All Time,
Regular Season...................29
Scores-Game By Game.........122-138
Season Record - 1978-79 ............. 74
Signees Sketches.................67-71
Southeastern Conference
Champions By Years...............25
Composite Standing,
Kentucky In SEC,
Final SEC Standings-1978-79 ....... 26
1980 SEC Schedule..........89, 94-101
Television Series..................25
Sports Information  Rice, Perry........23
Starting Combo's, 1979...............79
Statistics-1978-79 .................. 76
Time Played  High Game.............79
Tournament Trail.................35-38
Travel Headquarters, 1979-80 ..........50
University of Kentucky
General Information................9
President Singletary...............10
Varsity Basketball
Player Profiles..................57-71
Game By Game Rebounding.........78
Game By Game Scoring............77
Outlook-1979-80 ................ 6-7
Picture Pages................139-152
Team Picture.....................73
Quick Facts.......................4
Records-Team, Individual, Misc., Rupp Arena, Memorial
Set in 1979......................8
1980 Wildcats At A Glance.............5
Compiled and Edited 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 1979-80 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).
Director of Sports Information Asst. Director of Sports Information
JoyCe Baxter Secretary
Athletic Office Phones:
Cliff Hagan-(606) 258-2881        Basketball Office (606) 257-1916 Frank Ham-(606) 258-5611 Coach Joe B. Hall
Larry Ivy-(606) 258-4911 Asst. Coaches: Dick Parsons,
Leonard Hamilton, Joe Dean
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 Press Entrance of Rupp Arena for pickup on game night.
PRESS DOOR Entrance to the area set aside for press, radio and TV is Gate No. 4 on the Patterson Street side of Rupp Arena.
PRESS ROOM Located on floor level under stands behind visitor's bench area. Will feature work space with necessary electrical outlets. Telephone service must be ordered from General Telephone Co.
COMPS No individual game allotment.
TELECOPIERS A Telecopier Service (Telephone, Telecopier, Operator) will be provided for $25.00. Those wishing to use their own machine should order a line through General Telephone Co.
RADIO BROADCASTS Broadcasting rights to UK games are assigned exclusively to the Jim Host and Associates, 120 Kentucky Ave., Lexington, Ky., 40502 (Telephone 606/252-5696). One free reciprocal outlet is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington. Any additional stations must clear through Jim Host and Associates. Working passes will be supplied approved stations by Sports Information Office.
SERVICESWorking press, radio and TV will be furnished game programs, brochures, running play-by-play, halftime quickie box, final statistics in the form of a complete 12-column dittoed box score and coaches quotes.
ARENA LIGHTING-Rupp Arena Lighting will provide 250-275 foot candle on playing floor with a mixture of incandescent and metal halide lights. KENTUCKY PRESS RADIO-TELEVISION OUTLETS
Lexington Heiakj
Jim Joaeph
D. G. Fitzmaurice Lexington Leadei
Rick Baiey
John McGil 227 Weal Short Street Lexington. Ky 40507
WVLK Radio Ralph Hacker
P.O. Box 1559 Lexmgton. Ky. 40501
WLAP Sports P.O. Box 11670 Lexngton. Ky 40611
WTKC Radio Sports P.O. Box 1300 Lexington. Ky 40590
Tom Hammond. Director PO Box 1467 Lexngton. Ky. 40591
Denny Trease. Director
P.O. Box5037 Lexington. Ky. 40555
John Henderson. Drector Box 5590
Lexngton. Ky. 40555
Charles Wolfe Associated Press 146 Market Lexington. Ky. 40607
Kentucky Kernel Sports University of Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 40506
WBKY RADIO SPORTS University of Kentucky Lexington. Ky. 40506
CAWOOD LEDFORD PROD. 120 Kentucky Ave.. Suite B Lexington, Ky. 40502
CATS PAUSE P.O. Box7297 Lexington. Ky. 40602
Louisville Courier-Journal
Stan Slusher, Ex.S.E.
Earl Cox
Billy Reed
Joel Bierig
525 West Broadway
Louisville, Ky. 40202
Louis vile Times Sports Dick Fenlon Tev Laudeman 525 West Broadway Louisville, Ky. 40202
WHASEt WHAS TV Dave Conrad P.O. Box 1084 Louisville, Ky. 40201
Associated Press 525 West Broadway LouBvitle. Ky. 40201
UPlSporls P.O. Box537 Louisville. Ky 40201
WAVE & WAVE-TV Sports Randy Waters 725 South Floyd Street Louisville. Ky. 40203
WLKYTV Sports P.O. Box 6218 Louisville. Ky 40216
WINN Radio Sports T hud and Broadway Louisville. Ky. 40202
WAKY Radio Sports 558 South Fifth Street Louovsle. Ky. 40204
Ashland Independent Mike Reliford Sports Department 226 17th Street Ashland, Ky. 41101
Park City News Sports Department 813 College Street Bowling Green, Ky. 42101
Tribune-Times Sports Ky. and Monroe Streets Corbin. Ky. 40701
Post & 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
State-Journal Sports Mark Marraccini 321 West Main Street Frankfort, Ky. 40601
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 216 North Elm Henderson, Ky. 42420
Kentucky New Era Sports 123 West 7th Street Hopkinsville, Ky. 42240
The Messenger Sports 221 South Main Street Madisonville, Ky. 42431
Messenger Sports 206 West Broadway MayfiekJ. Ky. 42066
Ledger-lnc*ependent Sports 43 West Second Maysville. Ky. 41056
News Sports Editor Chester Avenue Middtesboro. Ky. 40965
Messenger and Inquirer Sports Danny McKenzie 1401 Frederica Street Owensboro. Ky. 42301
Sun Sports
Barry Forbis
408 Kentucky Avenue
Paducah. Ky. 42001
Paris Daily Enterprise Sports 23 East 4th Street Paris, Ky. 40361
Register Sports Ken Green
South Second Street Richmond, Ky. 40475
Commonwealth-Journal Jim Kurk
102 North Maple Street Somerset, Ky. 42501
Winchester Sun Sports Wall and Cleveland Streets Winchester, Ky. 40391
NCAA CHAMPIONS-Five Times (1948, '49, '61, '58, '78) in 24 Appearances. 42 Victories.
NCAA RUNNER-UPTwo Times (1966, '75)
UK INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS-Eighteen Times in 26 Tournaments. SEC CHAMPIONS-Record 31 Times Since 1933 (Last in 1978) WORLD CHAMPION-1948 Olympic Games.
ALL-TIME RECORD-Won 1,219, Lost 378, Tied 1 in 75 Seasons.
KENTUCKY ALL-AMERICANS -29 Players Honored 45 Times.
ALL-SOUTHEASTERN 56 Players Honored 102 Times.
PROFESSIONALS-40 Players Entered Ranks.
RUPP ARENA (23,000)-Home Floor 1977 to Date (Won 39, Lost 6).
MEMORIAL COLISEUM (11,500)-Home Floor 1950-1976 (Won 306, Lost 38).
RECORD HIGH POINTS-143 vs. Georgia (Neutral Site) '56-At Home 121 vs. Mississippi '71.
INDIVIDUAL HIGH -53 By Dan Issell in 1970 vs. Mississippi at Oxford.
BIGGEST VICTORY MARGIN-77 vs. Georgia in 1956-At Home, 53 vs. Georgia Tech '56, Georgia '59.
Since Kentucky made its first appearance in a major post season basketball tournament in 1942, no graduating class has ever missed the opportunity to play in either the NCAA or National Invitation Tournaments.
In fact, the Wildcats have an incredible record which has seen them miss only seven times (1943, '53, '54, '60, '63, '65, '67 and '74) in the past 35 years. Two of those misses were in 1953, when they sat out a season, and '54, when the undefeated National Champion won an automatic NCAA berth but declined the bid.
The University has had only two undefeated seasons in its illustrious basketball history. The first was 9-0 in 1911-12, the other 25-0 in 1953-54. 1979-80 WILDCATS AT A GLANCE
Lettermen Lost From 1978-79 Team (3)
DWAYNE CASEY (6-2 G)-Co-Captain and spiritual leader on and off the court . . . Leadership will be tough to replace . . .
TRUMAN CLAYTOR (6-1 G)-Co-Captain and team's best defensive player. . . Streak shooter who became second leading SEC Tourney scorer to teammate Macy with 84 points . . . Named All-SEC Tourney . . . Scored 821 career points.
CLARENCE TILLMAN (6-7 F) - Played 405 minutes in 30 games, averaging 3.3 ppg and 3.3 rebounds. Left school October, 1979.
Returning Lettermen (6)
DWIGHT ANDERSON (6-3 G)-Second in scoring with 13.3 ppg, third in time
played with 807 minutes . . . Showed brilliant play during later part of season,
gaining starting berth in 14th game . . . Named to All-SEC Freshman team. FRED COWAN (6-8 C-F) Fourth in scoring with 9.4 ppg, second in rebounding
with 5.5 . . . Started 24 of 31 games, compiling 722 minutes playing time. KYLE MACY (6-3 G) Team playmaker with 129 assists, leading scorer with 15.2
ppg . . . UK's 29th All-American, two-year All-SEC. JAY SHIDLER (6-1 G) Averaged 6.3 ppg in 30 games, starting seven. CHUCK VERDERBER (6-6 F)-Played 607 minutes in 31 games, starting 10 and
averaging 6.1 ppg and 4.2 rebounds . . . Hit 52.1 per cent of his shots. LA VON WILLIAMS (6-7 F)- Started all 31 games, averaging 11.5 ppg and team
high 6.9 rebounds . . . Second in time played, 891 minutes, led team with 54.3
per cent from the field.
Non-Lettermen (2)
CHRIS GETTELFINGER (6-2 G) Scored six points in eight games . . . A two-year walk-on from Knoxville, TN, who earned a scholarship this year.
BO LANTER (6-2 Gl First year walk-on from Versailles, Ky. . . Transferred from Midwestern State University in 1978 ... On Scholarship.
Freshmen (5)
SAM BOWIE (7-1 C-F) Named nation's outstanding prep player by National High School Coaches Association . . . Prep All-American who averaged 28.7 ppg and 18.1 reboundsat Lebanon (Pa.) High School . . . Deadly outside shooter.
TOM HEITZ (6-8 C-F)-Averaged 27.4 ppg and 17.9 rebounds at Hamilton (Ind.) High School, earning first team All-State honors.
DERRICK HORD (6-6 F)-Averaged 26.7 ppg and 13.4 rebounds at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN . . . Prep All-American and Tennessee's top prepster.
CHARLES HURT (6-6 F)-Averaged 22.9 ppg and 16.6 rebounds at Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY. . . Led school to 1978 State Championship . . . All-State, All-American.
DIRK MINNIEFIELD (6-3 G)-Rated one of top guards in nation ... Led Lafayette High School, Lexington, Ky., to 1979 state championship . . . Averaged 18.1 ppg and six rebounds on balanced scoring team . . . Prep All-American, All-State, Kentucky's "Mr. Basketball."
5 kentucky basketball outlook, 1979-80
After apparently solving two major weaknesses of 1979-lack of experience and depth-the Kentucky Wildcats can be expected to return to their accustomed level of championship caliber.
The Wildcats return six of nine lettermen and all were solid performers who started at least seven games last season as coach Joe B. Hall solved the experience deficiency by careful distribution of playing time.
And it was Hall again who solved the depth problem by recruiting five freshmen who were named the nation's finest.
The youthful Wildcats finished 19-12, but won 13 of their last 18 games, including a surprising second-place finish in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and secured their second NIT bid in four years.
Four returnees generally regarded as starters are led by 6-foot-3 senior All-American guard Kyle Macy, who led team scoring with 15.2 ppg and include 6-3 sophomore guard Dwight Anderson, 13.3, 6-7 senior forward LaVon Williams, 11.5 and 6-8 junior forward-center Fred Cowan, 9.4. Of 31 games Williams started 31, Macy 30, Cowan 24 and Anderson 15.
The two other lettermen, 6-1 senior guard Jay Shidler, 6.3, made seven starts and rugged 6-6 sophomore forward Chuck Verderber, 6.1, had 10 starts.
The prized freshmen include Hall's first seven-footer in eight years at Kentucky-7-1 center Sam Bowie, 28.7, who was named the nation's top prep player, and three other consensus prep All-Americans, 6-6 forward Derrick Hord, 26.7, 6-6 power forward Charles Hurt, 22.9 and 6-3 guard Dirk Minniefield, 18.1. The fifth signee is 6-8 forward Tom Heitz, 27.4, a first team Indiana All-Stater.
The Wildcats lost senior guard co-captains Truman Claytor and Dwane Casey and Clarence Tillman, who transferred following his freshman year. Claytor, a starter with Macy, scored 8.7 ppg, while Casey and Tillman averaged 0.9 ppg and 3.3 ppg respectively.
While the Cats appear loaded on paper, it's an undeniable fact that youth will figure heavily in Hall's overall plans as it did last year, which could mean early trouble with an extremely tough schedule.
"We are a little similar to last year's start except we have more players with game experience," said Hall. "Last year, Wiliams and Cowan had gained very little experience during our championship year (1978) and Anderson and Verderber were only freshmen. But they all played regularly and gained starting positions during the year, so that gives us an edge right now."
What Hall likes most about this squad is an abundance of quality athletes that gives him an edge called versatility. No less than six players can play dual roles. Anderson proved his swingman value last year when he led the Cats in free throw attempts by a wide margin, while Williams, Cowan and Verderber all interchanged on the frontline. Two newcomers are expected to double-up if the need arises Bowie, with spectacular outside shooting, can swing to forward, while Hord's overall talent and defensive solidity will allow him to play big guard as well as inside.
Rounding out the 13-man squad are 6-2 junior guard Chris Gettelfinger, who played in eight games last year, and 6-1 sophomore guard Bo Lanter, who sat out last year after transferring from Midwestern State University where he scored 19 ppg in '78. Both are on scholarship.
The five newcomers have made a deep impression on Hall with their intensity and hard work habits through the tough conditioning program and on into practice.
"Our freshmen are going to be very important to us this year, just as they were last year," he said. "This group seems extremely ready to play they are physically ready and they have the ability to make a solid contribution this year. We're definitely going to have the needs of people like Sam Bowie and well, all of our freshmen, but noticeably a center with the qualities of Bowie."
What Hall is saying, of course, is that the Wildcats suffered last year without a true center. While Cowan, a natural forward at 6-8 played very well at center, he couldn't cope with the league's larger centers. After signing Bowie, Hall toyed with the idea of playing him at forward, but current plans have the skyscraper at center.
"We definitely will play him at center," said Hall. "We feel he has corner potential and can move to the corner if need be, but he is a good defensive player who is a shot blocker and
6 intimidator inside. He'll have very little adjustment to make there. Offensively, he can play just about any position on the front line he can play the post and he'll add a new dimension in that he is an excellent outside shooter. We can use that ability against some of our opponent*."
With Bowie manning the post position, the guard and forward slots will feature experience versus talented youth.
When you talk Kentucky, you talk about guards and you start with Macy, who in the words of Hall is "the best college guard in the country." Macy performs so many intangibles his value is difficult to measure. A pure team player in a balanced scoring program, he is just 13 assists shy of the UK career record (319) after only two seasons and he owns the season record with 178. Macy's greatest asset may be his unflappable composure and ability to read floor situations, a gift that Hall says makes him "a coach on the floor."
A three-way scramble for Macy's runningmate is among Shidler, Anderson and Minniefield, all talented, hustling players. Shidler is off to his best start in four-years and seems determined to regain the position he held as a freshman. But he has his work cut out to move past Anderson, a '79 SEC All-Freshman selection who was the Cats' second leading scorer. The fleet footed flyer came on extremely strong the second-half of last year but broke his wrist against LSU in SEC tourney, which was a severe blow to the Cats' post-season hopes. Minniefield, a great prep leader, is being groomed to take over Macy's role next year, but wiH see plenty of action as a freshman. And the Minniefield-Anderson duo gives UK two of the fastest players in basketball.
The forwards are in great shape, literally, with Williams an inch bigger and up to 220 lbs.. Cowan coming off successful summer surgery, led the weight program and is up to 210 lbs. and gaining, and the three freshmen strongboys, Hord, Hurt and Heitz. All five forwards play well above the rim and carry the heft to become an outstanding rebounding team.
As for team strength, assistant coach Dick Parsons, who runs the conditioning program, calls this the strongest, overall group ever at Kentucky and he expects it to be the quickest team in years.
An exciting schedule, a group of solid veterans plus the excitement and enthusiasm of a great freshman group spells trouble for Kentucky foes and another potential champion for the Wildcats.
HALL ON KENTUCKY'S TOUGH SCHEDULE "Not only is our schedule tough, but we open with Duke in the Hall of Fame game at Springfield, Mass., two weeks earlier than normal and it will test us to get prepared for a veteran team that certainly will be ranked at the top of the polls. Then our next three games are on the road at the Great Alaskan Shootout. None of these games count against our 27-total and that will be some good experience for our youngsters. Counting those four games and our regular season games plus the SEC tournament, we could be playing as many as 19 games off campus and that concerns me."
HALL ON THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE RACE "The Southeastern Conference is the most balanced and has more bonafide contenders than I can ever remember. I see no less than eight teams that could win it all. LSU, Tennessee and Mississippi State are right there, Vandy has a veteran team back, while Georgia and Auburn had great recruiting success to join some topflight returnees. And I certainly see ourselves as a contender, so it's going to be a real fight for survival."
HALL ON UK HOSTING NCAA MIDEAST AT RUPP ARENA 'There's no question that is added incentive for Kentucky to win the SEC tournament, and only if we win the tournament will we have a chance to play in the Mideast. Should we win, we would play the first round game at Western Kentucky and then come home. That certainly is a great incentive to be at peak form at the end of the year. This would give us an excellent chance of getting into the final four."
Most Free Throws Attempted
(Conference Play Only-46V in 18 Games) I468* in 18 Games. 1977-78) Most Free Throws Made
Conference Play Only-376'in 18 Games) (345* in ISGamei. 1977-781
Highest Free Throw Pet. -77.6 in 31 Games) (76.7 in 26 Game*. 1966 67)
(RegularSeasonOnty-78.1 in26Gamesl (76.7 in 26 Games. 1966-67)
Most Points
(Non-Conference-121 (Kentucky 121. West Texas 67, Dec. 4 Most Points. Home Floor-121 (Kentucky 121
Mississippi 86, Feb. 6.1971 and Kentucky 121
vs. West Texas 67, Dec. 4.1978) Best Field Goal Pet. -68.3 vs. Alabama (SECI
Mar. 1. 1979
(Conference Play Only - 68.3 vs. Alabama (SEC) Mar. 1.1979 Most Free Throws Attempted-56' vs. Miss. State (HI
Feb. 12,1979  Made 40 Most PF's, Both Teams
(Non-Conference Game - 75- Kentucky 32,
La Salle43, Dec. 2,1978(H)
Most Free Throws Made-18 by Dwight Anderson 17 by Cliff Hagan
(Against Miss. State, Feb. 12,1979 (Att. 231 (Against Temple. Dec. 5. 1953)
118 (Kentucky va. Northwestern 116at Evanston. Dec 10. 19661
67.6 vs. Mississippi Slate (A)
Jan.21.1978 67.6 Mississippi State (A)
Jan. 21.1978 55* vs. Auburn.
Feb. 27. 1954 (N)  Made 35
68 - Kentucky 41, Ohio U. 27. Jan. 12. 1948
Attendance Highs-Two Consecutive Games47.050 in 1979(23,528vs. Vanderbilt and 23,522 vs. Clemson at Rupp Arena) Home Average - 23,403 (351,042 in 15 Games) 1979 Most Overtimes, One Season  5 in 1979
46.969 in 1978 (23.472 vs. Mos. State and 23.497 vs. Alabama at Rupp Arena) 23.338 (373.403 in 16Games) 1978 4 in 1967 and 1976
Biggest Margin of Victory for Kentucky 54
(Kentucky 121. West Texas 67, Dec. 4,19781 Biggest Margin of Defeat for Kentucky11
(Tennessee66, Kentucky 55, Jan. 20.1979) Most Points in One Half 66 by Kentucky in Second
Half vs. West Texas, Dec. 4.1978 Most Free Throws Attempted  56 by Kentucky
vs. Miss. State, Feb. 12.1979 Most FTA's, Both Teams-88 (Kentucky 52,
La Salle 36, Dec. 2,19781 Most Free Throws Made  40 by Kentucky vs.
Miss. State, Feb. 12,1979 Most Personal Fouls43 by La Salle
vs. Kentucky, Dec. 2,1978 Most Personal Fouls, Both Teams-75 (Kentucky 32
vs. La Salle 43, Dec. 2, 1978)
50 (Kentucky 103. TCU 53.
Dec. 2.19761 4 (Tennessee 71, Kentucky 67.
Jan. 12.1977) 64 by Kentucky in Second Half vs.
Vanderbilt. Feb. 5,1977 52 by Kentucky vs. La Salle. Dec. 2.1978
751 Kentucky 39. Wisconsin 36,
Nov. 27, 19761 32 by Kentucky vs. Auburn,
Feb.6,1978 34 by Kentucky vs. Wisconsin,
Nov. 27, 1976 67 (UK 34 vs. Wisconsin 33,
Nov. 27,1976)
Most Free Throws Attempted23 by Dwight 17 by Rick Robey,
Anderson, Kentucky vs. Miss. State, Kentucky vs. South Carolina,
Feb. 12,1979 Dec. 12.1977
Most Free Throws Made-18 by Dwight 12 by Kenny Hkjgs,
Anderson, Kentucky vs. Miss. State, LSU vs. Kentucky,
Feb. 12,1979 Jan.22,1977
General Information
LOCATION-Lexington, Ky., a community of 208,000 in the heart of Kentucky's famed Blue Grass region. Renowned as the world capital of the thoroughbred horse industry and known also as the world's largest loose-leaf tobacco market. FOUNDED  1865 ENROLLMENT - (On campus-22,500)
PRESIDENT Dr. OtisA. Singletary (At 13Community Colleges-16,000)
VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION - Dr. Donald Clapp VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS-Dr. Lewis Cochran VICE-PRESIDENT, BUSINESS AFFAIRS-Jack Blanton VICE PRESIDENT, MEDICAL CENTER - Dr. Peter Bosomworth VICE-PRESIDENT, MINORITY AFFAIRS-Dr. JohnT. Smith VICE-PRESIDENT, STUDENT AFFAIRS-Dr. RobertG. Zumwinkle VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY COLLEGES-Dr. Maurice Stanley Wall VICE-PRESIDENT. UNIVERSITY RELATIONS - Dr. Raymond Hornback FACULTY CHAIRMAN OF ATHLETICS-Dr. William Matthews DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES - Bernie Vonderheide CONFERENCE Southeastern (member since founding in 1933) BAND-Varsity (Director-Wm. Harry Clarke) FIGHT SONG-"On, On, U. of K." HOME ARENA - Rupp Arena (capacity 23,000) STADIUM - Commonwealth Stadium (56,816)
Athletics Staff
Executive Assistant Barbara Isham
Administrative Secretary Mrs. Jane Rollins ASSISTANT COACHES-Dick Parsons, Leonard Hamilton, Joe Dean TICKET SALES MANAGER - Al Morgan ACCOUNTANT-J.R. Hisle
9 DR. OTIS A. SINGLETARY President, University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky has become one of the major institutions of higher learning in the United States under the leadership of Dr. Otis Singletary, the eighth president of the University.
Dr. Singletary was named president of the University in August, 1969. He had previously served as executive vice-chancellor for academic affairs in the University of Texas System and director of the Job Corps program for the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Dr. Singletary, a native of Gulfport, Miss., holds degrees from Millsaps College and Louisiana State University.
As president of the principal institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth, Dr. Singletary is greatly concerned with the University's role as a land-grant institution, a "people's university" accessible to all who can profit from education.
In the ten years he has been president, the University has grown to where there are now some 22,500 students on the Lexington campus and more than 16,000 students in UK's 13 community colleges, and the University has become one of the major research institutions in the country.
Recognition of his service to the University was evidenced by the UK Alumni Association, which presented to Dr. Singletary its Alumni Service Award an honor rarely bestowed upon a non-alumnus of the University.
Dr. Singletary is the author of two books and several monographs.
A Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he is a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He and Mrs. Singletary, the former Gloria Walton, have three children: Bonnie, Scot and Kendall.
The Singletarys live at Maxwell Place, traditional home of UK presidents.
Athetics Director
The University of Kentucky athletic wheels of progress continue to move forward under the direction of Cliff Hagan, who has under his command a total of 16 sports ranging from men's basketball and football in Level I, to women's basketball in Level II, and a baker's dozen sports in Level III.
Hagan has seen and overseen vast improvements in all phases of the UK athletics program since he returned to his alma mater as assistant athletics director in 1972.
One of his first tasks under former athletics director Harry Lancaster was to create and implement the Blue & White Fund for 57,000-seat Commonwealth Stadium and later for 23,000-seat Rupp Arena, which has provided the additional financial support that has moved the athletics program into a first class operation.
Since taking over as athletics director in July, 1975, Hagan has instituted a program highlighted by vast physical improvements, colorful game plans and a pleasing overall presentation of University athletics.
The most recent physical improvements include installation of a new basketball office complex in Memorial Coliseum, expansion of the training facilities and addition of a beautiful players' lounge at Shively Sports Center, new carpeting in the stadium football offices, re-arrangement of the baseball fences and a new surface for the running track and a general facelift to Alumni gymnasium.
Merger of the men's and women's program at UK, begun in July 1978, has been an orderly procedure under Hagan, whose priorities included funding six additional teams and creating new office space and facilities for the women's coaches and administrative staff.
Wildcat athletics have fared well during Hagan's tenure, with the basketball team winning the 1978 national championship, and the football team winning a conference co-championship and the Peach Bowl in 1976 and finishing 10-1 in 1977. The basketball team also annexed an NIT title while the wrestling and rifle teams were winning conference championships and the baseball team a divisional title.
11 With both the football and basketball teams playing to sellout crowds and drawing a big on-the-road following, Hagan has not been content, but has made Wildcat games even m