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CONTENTS
GENERAL INFORMATION............2-16
Media Policies & Services..........2-3    James Dickey, Dwane Casey......12-13
Roster, Outlook...................4-7    Jimmy Dykes, Support Staff.......14-15
Coach Eddie Sutton..............8-11    Radic/TV Roster...................16
THE WILDCATS...................17-32
Johnathon Davis, Richie Farmer .. .18-19
LeRon Ellis.....................20-21
Deron Feldhaus, Reggie Hanson.. .22-23 Eric Manuel...................24-25
Derrick Miller, Chris Mills.......
John Pelphrey, Mike Scott......
Sean Sutton.................
Player Game-By-Game Statistics.
.26-27 .28-29 ... .30 .31-32
1987-88 REVIEW..................33-54
Statistics, Game-By-Game Results
& Totals.....................34-37
Game-By-Game Recaps.........38-49
SEC Statistics...................50-51
Senior Recaps .................52-54
OPPONENTS.....................55-88
Cats on the Road, SEC 8i
NCAA Brackets..................56
SEC TV Schedule, Tipoff Classic,
Shootout.........................57
Alabama........................58
Alaska Shootout................59-61
Auburn, Austin Peay.............62-63
Duke, Florida..................64-65
Georgia, Indiana...............66-67
LSU, Louisville..................68-69
Mississippi, Mississippi St..........70-71
Northwestern St., Notre Dame.....72-73
Syracuse, Tennessee............74-75
UKIT..........................76-77
Vanderbilt, Western Carolina.....78-79
UK vs. Conferences, States........80-82
UK vs. All Opponents............83-88
TRADITION / RECORDS...........89-164
The Tradition of UK Basketball.....90-92
National Championship Teams____93-97
Who Were?......................98
Retired Jersies, Hall of Fame.........99
Honors, All-SEC, UK in the SEC .. .100-101
All-Americans................102-103
UK in NCAA Tournament........104-105
All-Time Wire Rankings.........106-109
UK in SEC Tournament.............110
Alumni Gym.....................111
Memorial Coliseum............112-113
Rupp Arena..................114-115
UK in Louisville................116-117
Success, Academic and Athletic.118-120
U.K. T.V.........................121
Awards 8; Honors..............122-123
Lettermen ...................124-126
Band, Traditions 8i Cheerleaders. 127-128
RECORDS...................129-164
All-Time Records..............130-132
Attendance.....................133
Scoring and Total Fbints........134-135
Rebounding, Field Goals.......136-137
Free Throws, Assists............138-139
Team Records...................140
Streaks, Overtime Games..........141
Year-By-Year Team Statistics.....142-143
UK in Tournaments................144
1,000-point Scorers............145-151
UKIT Records, History...........152-154
Year-By-Year Scores...........155-164
THIS IS KENTUCKY..............165-180
Hagan, Roselle, Board.........166-167
Assistant ADs, Support Staff.....168-169
CATS........................170-171
Facilities 8; Program...............172
Lexington....................173-175
Blue-White Fund, Coaches,
Alumni Assoc...............176-177
Cats on Radio, TV.............178-179
Primary Media Outlets.............180
MAILING ADDRESS: Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, KY 40506-0019
SID TELEPHONE: (606) 257-3838
FOUNDED: 1865
ENROLLMENT: (campus) 22,000 (at 14 community colleges) 30,000
CONFERENCE: Southeastern
NICKNAME: Wildcats
COLORS: Blue & White
PRESIDENT: Dr. David Roselle
FACULTY CHAIRMAN/ATHLETICS: Robert Lawson
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR: Cliff Hagan
ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTORS: Lary Ivy (Finance), Gene DeFilippo (Marketing/ Promotions'Fundraising), Bob Bradley (NCAA/SEC Compliance, Academic Affairs) Kathy DeBoer (Women)
ASSISTANT TO THE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR: Russell Rice
HOME COURT: Rupp Arena (23,000)
CREDITS
The 1988-89 University of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Media Guide was produced by the University of Kentucky Athletics Association, Cliff Hagan, Director.
Editor...........Chris Cameron
Assistant Editors . Susan Hazzard, Dan Peters, Russell Rice
Editorial Assistants Joyce Baxter, Don DeLuca, Charlie Robbins
Photography.......David Coyle,
Chris Jones, Chuck Perry, Bill Strauss, UK Photographic Services Color Separations . . , Computer Color Corp. (Judy Langston)
Typesetting, Printing.......Host
Communications Printing & Publishing (Stephanie Reinhardt)
Additional copies of this publication may be purchased for $7.00 each, which includes postage and handling. Write to:
University of Kentucky Sports Information, Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, KY 40506-0019. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution.
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COVERING THE CATS
Credentials for UK home games are issued for working media only and should be requested as early as possible. Requests must be made in writing on company letterhead and are honored only from sports editors of daily newspapers and sports directors of radio and television stations. Requests from weekly newspapers and radio stations will be accepted only from those who will be attending games in a working capacity and will be filled on a space-available basis.
All requests for credentials should be made to: Chris Cameron Sports Information Director Memorial Coliseum Lexington, KY 40506-0019
MEDIA WILL CALL located on the Fbtterson Street entrance to Rupp Arena. Credentials are not available at the public Will Call window on the High Street concourse level. A limited number of parking passes are available and should be requested at the time of requesting credentials.
PHOTOGRAPHERS The photo zones are appropriately marked on the Rupp Arena floor. Because of space demands, shooting on the press row sideline is permitted at Rupp Arena with the game officials determining the boundaries (because various officials have different "dos" and "don'ts" regarding photographers on the side).
MEDIA ROOM The media room is located in the Rupp Arena dressing room area, behind the visitors' bench. Working facilities, with necessary outlets and a limited number of telephones, are available. A pre-game snack will be served. Drinks will be available at halftime and after the game.
MEDIA SERVICES The University of Kentucky uses the sophisticated "Final III" computer statistics system, which was used during the last four NCAA Final Fours. Working media will be provided the following:
 Game program and notes Shot charts  Complete play-by-play  Half-time statistics  Final statistics  Coach and player quotes
Electronic media (radio and TV) will be provided a statistics monitor at their location for instant access to the stats during the game.
Coach Eddie Sutton addresses the media in a postgame press conference.
Rupp Arena Diagram
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PRESS| PARKING
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MEDIA | " /| INTERVIEW ROOM
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CHRIS CAMERON
SID
Basketball Contact
JOEY HOWARD
Assistant SID
RENA VICINI
Assistant SID
JOYCE BAXTER
Staff Assistant
PHONE DIRECTORY
SID OFFICE: (606) 257-3838 (Days) (606) 257-6474 (Nights/Weekend) (606) 257-8909 (Fax)
Chris Cameron, Sports Information Director (Basketball Contact) (606) 257-3838 (Office) (606) 273-8882 (Home) Joey Howard, Assistant SID (606) 257-4792 (Office) (606) 273-2240 (Home) Rena Vicini, Assistant SID (606) 257-3838 (Office) (606) 278-7773 (Home) Joyce Baxter, Staff Assistant (606) 257-3838 (Office) (606) 734-4736 (Home)
RUPP ARENA PRESS ROW: (606) 252-3602
RUPP ARENA MANAGEMENT: (606) 233-4567
IMPORTANT ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION NUMBERS BASKETBALL OFFICE: (606) 257-1916
Eddie Sutton, Head Coach James Dickey, Assistant Coach Dwane Casey, Assistant Coach Jimmy Dykes, Assistant Coach Marta McMackin, Administrative Assistant
ADMINISTRATION: (606) 257-2881 Cliff Hagan, Athletics Director Barbara Isham, Executive Assistant
ACADEMICS/NCAA, SEC
COMPLIANCE: (606) 257-1897
Bob Bradley, Assistant Athletics Director
Barbara Deniston, Director of Student
Development
Mike Jenkins, Academic Counselor
GAIL DENT
Sports Information Assistant
George Barber, Kevin Dooley, Mike Haley, Brad Myers, Graduate Assistants Ann Sampson, Staff Assistant
BUSINESS OFFICE: (606) 257-4911 Larry Ivy, Assistant Athletics Director J.R, Hisle, Accounting Manager Sandy Morgan, Administrative Assistant
Nancy Cunnigan, Rita Griffith, Barbara Kiser, Accounting Clerks
MARKETING, PROMOTIONS & FUNDRAISING: (606) 257-5611 Gene DeFilippo, Assistant Athletics Director
Tamara Calton, Staff Assistant Debbie Mulligan, Graduate Assistant
WOMEN'S ATHLETICS: (606) 257-8604 Kathy DeBoer, Assistant Athletics Director
Toni Byrne, Staff Assistant
TICKET OFFICE: (606) 257-1818 Barbara Donnelly, Ticket Manager Carolyn McDowell, Lydie Wehrle, Dei-dra Cochran, Staff Assistants
STUDENT ADMISSIONS: (606) 257 1757 Rodney Stiles, Student Affairs Officer
EQUIPMENT: (606) 257-1889
Bill Keightley, Equipment Manager
TRAINING ROOM: (606) 257-2750 Walt McCombs, Trainer
STRENGTH/CONDITIONING: (606) 257-2672
RADIO BROADCASTS Broadcasting rights to UK games are assigned exclusively to the UK Network. One reciprocal rights fee waiver is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington.
TELEPHONES A limited number of telephones are available in the Rupp Arena media room. Newspapers and radio stations desiring their own private lines, to be installed either on press row or in the media room, should contact General Telephone, (606) 223-9422.
POSTGAME INTERVIEWS An interview room is located adjacent to the media room. Coach Eddie Sutton will be brought to the interview room following a cooling-OFF period. The visiting coach will follow, if agreeable.
KENTUCKY LOCKERROOM POLICY
After a 25-minute cooling-off period (during which time players will shower and dress and coach Sutton will conduct his press conference), the UK lockerroom will be open to members of the media for a 15-minute period.
WEEKLY MEDIA LUNCHEON Coach Eddie Sutton will again play host to a weekly news conference/luncheon at the Wildcat Lodge. The exact schedule will be available at the sports information office. Media representatives wishing to join the conference by telephone may do so. For teleconference information, call the sports information office.
PLAYER INTERVIEWS All player interviews must be arranged through the Sports Information Office. Interviews may be conducted from 2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. the two days prior to each game. Practices are open to members of the media one day prior to the games only. Please arrange player interviews by 4 p.m. the day before.
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No. Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Class    Age Exp.
Hometown (High School)
Johnathon Davis LeRon Ellis Richie Farmer Deron Feldhaus Reggie Hanson. Eric Manuel Derrick Miller Chris Mills John Pelphrey Mike Scott Sean Sutton
F 6-6 195 Fr. 19 HS Pensacola, Fla. (Pine Forest)
rye 6-10 235 So. 19 1L Tustin, Calif. (Mater Dei)
G 6-0 180 Fr. 19 HS Manchester, Ky. (Clay County)
F 6-7 210 Fr. 19 HS Maysville, Ky. (Mason County)
F 6-7 200 So. 20 1L Somerset, Ky. (Pulaski Co.)
GF 6-6 225 So. 20 1L Macon, Ga. (Southwest)
G 6-5 170 Jr. 20 2L Savannah, Ga. (Baptist Bible)
GF 6-7 200 Fr. 18 HS Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax)
F 6-7 185 Fr. 20 HS Paintsville, Ky. (Paintsville)
C 6-11 230 Sr. 21 2L South Shore, Ky (Greenup Co.)
G 6-1 175 So. 20 1L Lexington, Ky. (Henry Clay)
SQUAD BREAKDOWN
Lettermen Lost (6)	Pos.	Ht.	Wt.	CI.	PPG	RPG
25     'Winston Bennett	F	6-7	210	Sr.	15.3	7.8
3     'Rex Chapman	G	6-4	185	So.	19.0	2.9
15     'Ed Da vender	G	6-2	165	Sr.	15.7	2.2
55      Cedric Jenkins	BC	6-9	205	Sr.	3.4	3.5
44     ' Rob Lock	C	6-11	225	Sr.	10.9	6.5
42      Richard Madison	F	6-7	230	Sr.	2.9	3.2
				TOTAL	67.2	26.1
Lettermen Returning (6)	Pos.	Ht.	Wt.	CI.	PPG	RPG
25      LeRon Ellis	F/C	6-10	235	So.	4.3	3.0
35      Reggie Hanson	F	6-7	200	So.	1.3	1.1
23     'Eric Manuel	GF	6-6	225	So.	7.1	3.2
4      Derrick Miller	G	6-5	170	Jr.	1.3	.7
50      Mike Scott	C	6-11	230	Sr.	1.7	1.7
20      Sean Sutton	G	6-1	175	So.	1.3	.4
				TOTAL	17.0	10.1
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Newcomers (5)
Pos. Ht. Wt. CI.
33 Johnathon Davis F 6-6 195 Fr. 32 Richie Farmer G 6-0 180 Fr. 12 Deron Feldhaus F 6-7 210 Fr. 42   Chris Mills GF 6-7 200 Fr.
34 John Pelphrey F 6-7 185 Fr. Denotes redshirts
By Class
SENIOR (1)-Mike Scott. JUNIOR (1)-Derrick Miller. SOPHOMORES (4)-Leron Ellis, Reggie Hanson, Eric Manuel, Sean Sutton. FRESHMEN (5)-Johnathon Davis, Richie Farmer, Deron Feldhaus, Chris Mills, John Pelphrey.
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Big shoes to fill
^ ^     The year is 1945. . . ^<<^Pf^ A nine-year old Kansas fourth-grader ^CtHnamed Eddie Sutton shoots baskets after
^ ^_^ school in hopes of someday becoming a
basketball star. Nine hundred
miles away in Lexington,
Kentucky, Adolph Rupp is the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. He's talking about his team for the upcoming season. It's a young group, he says, of the youngest he's ever coached. It will be tough to come close to the 19-2 record from a year before.
But the challenge is exciting.
Forty-three years later, nine-year-old Kansas fourth-graders are still dreaming of becoming basketball stars. Nine hundred miles away in Lexington, Kentucky, Eddie Sutton is the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. He's talking about his team for the upcoming season, It's a young group, he says, one of the youngest he's ever coached. It will be tough to come close to the 27-6 record from a year before.
But he's up to the challenge.
A senior and a junior comprise the entire upperclass of this 1988-89 edition of the Kentucky Wildcats, providing a challenge a Kentucky coach
hasn't faced in 40 years. In addition to being young, the Kentucky roster is also relatively small and not too deep. Naturally, these are concerns for Sutton; but they're also sources of motivation and excitement.
"As I approach this season, I think there's a feeling of concern," he says. "After you have lost six of your top eight players and you only have one senior and one junior, and the rest of your squad consists of freshmen and sophomores, you're concerned about the lack of experience. I don't believe there's ever been a team I can remember coaching that was as youthful as this one. When you play in one of the toughest leagues in the country, and perhaps the toughest non-conference schedule I've seen since I've been at Kentucky, that does make for some concern on our part.
"I'm very anxious, however, to get started on the 15th of October. I think this will be a very enthusiastic group that will be eager to learn. Certainly
we have enough talent to be competitive."
Sutton's returning talent will
have some big Nikes to fill. It was bad enough losing Winston Bennett (15.3 ppg., 7.8 rpg.), Ed Davender (15.7 ppg., 2.2 rpg.), Rob Lock (10.9 ppg., 6.5 rpg.), Cedric Jenkins (3.4 ppg., 3.5 rpg.) and Richard Madison (2.9 ppg., 3.2 rpg.) in one fell swoop. But the biggest loss occurred when super-soph Rex Chapman declared himself eligible in May for the Nation-, al Basketball Association draft. To the dismay of thousands of adoring Ken-tuckians, Chapman took his 19 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game to the Charlotte Hornets, who drafted him eighth overall. Four of UK's 1987-88 starters, in fact, were snatched in the three-round NBA draft, with Lock going to the Los Angeles Clippers, Davender continued on page 6
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BIG SHOES (continued)
to Washington and Bennett to Cleveland.
Enough of the bad news. Back to the future. The cupboard is not completely bare. Although a 38th Southeastern Conference championship would seem a lofty goal, Sutton feels there is enough talent on his team to make for an interesting year.
"We have some players who have not had the opportunity to play in the past who are now going to have the opportunity to step forward," he says. "They're very excited about that. I have found through past experience that, when you have adversity, young people respond in a very positive manner when given the opportunity. That's what we hope some of our guys will be able to do. Maybe people we wouldn't have counted on as much will step forward now, given that opportunity."
One player who already stepped forward is sophomore Eric Manuel. The 6-6, 225-pound Macon, Ga. native played and practiced his way into a consistent starting role during the second half of the 1987-88 season and is Kentucky's leading returning scorer (7.1 ppg.) and rebounder (3.2 rpg.). "If we are going to be successful," Sutton says, "I think a large part of it will be due to the type of season Eric Manuel will have."
Four talented guards join Manuel in the Wildcat backcourt, comprising what Sutton calls one of the
Although he is only a sophomore, LeRon Ellis returns as one of the most experienced Wildcats.
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Although a 38th Southeastern Conference championship would seem a lofty goal, Sutton feels there is enough talent on his team to make for an interesting year.
strengths of this team. Sophomore Sean Sutton (6-1, 175, Lexington) will probably battle for the point guard spot with highly-heralded freshman Richie Farmer (6-0, 180, Manchester), the state of Kentucky's 1988 "Mr. Basketball." Derrick Miller (6-5, 170, Savannah, Ga.) and Chris Mills (6-7, 200, Los Angeles, Calif.) are also strong candidates for starting spots.
"I believe one of the strengths of our ballclub should be our guard play," he says. "We have some flexibility at our guard spots, because Eric Manuel can move out and either
Sophomore Eric Manuel is Kentucky's leading returning scorer (7.1) and re-bounder (3.2).
play the point or the second guard, and that will give us some depth and some flexibility.
"We have in Sean, I think, a very good point guard. I don't believe we have anyone on the squad who has worked harder over the summer. I believe Richie Farmer can also compete for the point guard spot. Then you have Derrick Miller, who is one of the best perimeter shooters on the squad."
The UK front line will be talented but inexperienced, and susceptible to a height problem in an injury situation. Sophomore LeRon Ellis (6-10, 235, Tustin, Calif.) showed flashes of brilliance last season and could have a fine season with added consistency in his play. "Now that LeRon realizes that we are depending on him," Sutton says, "hopefully he will say, 'Hey, I want to be one of the star players on this Kentucky ball club.' "
Sutton will also be looking for leadership and consistency from the tallest and oldest Wildcat, senior Mike Scott (6-11, 230, South Shore). "Mike is our only senior," he says. "He progressed and developed late in the year last season. It's very possible we did not play him as much as we should have. At the times he did play, I thought he did a nice job.
"I am concerned about our lack of size, and I think this can be a real key in what kind of won-lost record you have. If we can get through the season without any major injuries, we'll be much better off. If LeRon and Mike were to both go down, we would be an extremely short basketball team."
Sean Sutton, son of the UK coach, could challenge for the starting point guard spot.
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Sophomore Reggie Hanson (6-7, 200, Somerset) will definitely challenge for prime playing time, according to Sutton. "Reggie could very well be the best athlete on our squad," he says. "Now that he fully realizes that he is a person we are depending on, I think he'll seize the opportunity and he'll have a very good season."
Freshmen Deron Feldhaus (6-7, "210, Maysville), Johnathon Davis (6-6, 195, Pensacola, Fla.) and John Pelphrey (6-7, 185, Paintsville) have had a redshirt year in which to mature and learn the Kentucky system. Each possesses individual strengths that could play important roles in the success of the team.
"We believe Feldhaus would have been playing a lot of basketball for us late in the year last season," Sutton says. "He made remarkable progress in his freshman year.
"Many times when you redshirt, there's a tendancy to relax, not to be as dedicated as you should be. But that's not the case with any one of
Kentucky could face the national champions from the past three seasons (Kansas, Indiana and Louisville), 1988 final four participant Duke, perennial Big East power Syracuse, plus the murderous Southeastern Conference slate.
these three guys. No one worked harder than the three redshirts last year, and I think that's going to pay dividends this year for all of them and for our ballclub."
In addition to the youthfulness of his team, Sutton faces another stiff challenge in 1988-89-the Wildcat schedule. Kentucky could face the national champions from the past three seasons (Kansas, Indiana and Louisville), 1988 final four participant Duke, perennial Big East power Syracuse, plus the murderous Southeastern Conference slate.
"This could be one of the toughest schedules any Wildcat team has had to face," Sutton says. "When you look at the top non-conference teams we're playing, then you throw in the SEC, it is going to be tough, especially early. So I would think that if we don't get our ears beaten down too much, by the time we get to conference play, we certainly should have some seasoning."
After a long, hot, frustrating summer, Kentucky basketball players, coaches and fans are ready to get back to the future.
The year is 1988. . .
Mike Scott is the tallest and oldest Wildcat, the only senior on the 1988-89 squad.
Sharpshooter Derrick Miller hopes to regain the form that produced a promising freshman campaign.
Coach Suton is expecting an increased role for 6-7 forward Reggie Hanson.
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Eddie
Sutton
When Eddie Sutton accepted "the best coaching position in America," he faced a different type of challenge than he had ever faced before.
Sutton was known for his uncanny ability to build teams from scratch. But at Kentucky, he would not have to construct a team into a powerhouse; instead, he needed to maintain the winningest program in college basketball history.
If his first three seasons are any indication, Sutton has met the challenge with flying colors. He has led Kentucky to three straight NCAA Tournament bids, two Southeastern Conference regular-season titles and two SEC Tournament titles while compiling a sparkling 77-21 record (78.6 percent). In 19 seasons as a head coach, he owns a 419-146 record (74.2 percent) and has never coached a team to a losing season.
In his first season at Kentucky, the Bucklin, Kansas, native inherited a team that had compiled an 18-13 worksheet the previous season and was, at best, predicted to finish third in the Southeastern Conference. But Sutton's style and creativity transformed the Cats into one of the most exciting teams in the country.
Promising to start the five best athletes on the squad, the first-year
coach utilized three guards for their speed, quickness and smothering man-to-man defense. The 1985-86 Wildcat team captured the imagination of Kentucky fans like no other team since the famous "Rupp's Runts" of 1965-66.
By season's end, the Cats posted a 32-4 record and were ranked third in the country in the final polls. UK stormed through the Southeastern Conference with a 17-1 record and followed that with an SEC Tournament championship. In the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky won three games, advancing to the Final Eight, before falling one game short of the Final Four.
For his efforts, Sutton was named SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and United Press International. In addition, the first-year coach earned National Coach of the Year honors from the AP and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
His second season, fans wondered what Sutton could possibly do for an encore.
The odds were stacked against the continued on page 10
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1986-87 Wildcat squad when star forward Winston Bennett was sidelined for the season with a knee injury. Several other injuries depleted the UK squad until there were just seven scholarship players available for practice at one point. Kentucky was picked to finish an uncustomary fifth in the SEC.
Instead, the Wildcats earned an NCAA tournament berth after finishing third in the SEC with a 10-8 league mark and an 18-11 overall record. Included in that season's accomplishments were a 34-point win over rival Louisville on national television, a hard-fought loss to third-ranked Indiana in Bloomington, a stunning upset of Alabama on national television, a victory over David Robinson's Navy team before the national TV cameras, and a thrilling one-point win over 12th-ranked Oklahoma.
Last season Sutton took the Wildcats to the top again, leading UK to its 37th regular-season SEC title and its 16th SEC Tournament championship. The Wildcats advanced to the "Sweet 16" in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a sparkling 27-6 record. It was a season in which the Cats rolled to a 10-0 start and No. 1 ranking in both wire service polls, thanks in part to thrilling victories over defending national champion Indiana (82-76 in overtime] and intrastate rival Louisville (76-75). After winning the SEC Tournament championship in Baton Rouge, La., UK advanced to the semi-finals of the Southeast Regional before finally bowing to Villanova, 80-74.
Last year marked the 12th straight year Sutton has guided a team to the NCAA Tournament. The only other coach who can match that record is North Carolina's Dean Smith, whose Tar Heels made their 14th straight appearance in college basketball's showcase last season. Sutton's overall record in NCAA Tournament competition is now 17-13.
Sutton's reputation as a "miracle-worker" didn't begin in Lexington. Prior to becoming Kentucky's head man, Sutton spent 11 years at Arkansas, where he took the Razorbacks from the basement of the Southwest Conference to a perennial national power.
After taking the Arkansas job in 1974, Sutton immediately worked won-
Patsy and Eddie Sutton with sons (left to right) Steve, Sean and Scott.
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ders, guiding his first two teams to 17-9 and 19-9 records. Sutton got the Razorbacks in the NCAA tournament in 1977 and they stayed there the rest of his tenure in Fayetteville.
Sutton also holds a distinction of being one of only 25 active college coaches who have both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament. As a senior at Oklahoma State in 1958, Sutton scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in three games in helping OSU reach the finals of the Midwest Regional. He scored eights points in Oklahoma State's 65-40 NCAA Tournament win over the team he would eventually coach, Arkansas.
While winning nearly 78 percent of the time, Sutton's Razorback teams averaged nearly 24 victories a season and won five Southwest Conference titles. His overall (77.6) and Southwest Conference (79.7) winning percentages are league records that may never be approached. His overall record at Arkansas was 260-75. He earned national "Coach of the Year" honors twice while at Arkansas (1977 and 1978) and was named the SWC "Coach of the Year" four times.
Sutton created a monster in the Ozarks, His teams were nearly impossible to defeat at Barnhill Arena, Arkansas' on-campus home. Under
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Sutton's direction, the Hogs were 121-8 at Barnhill, a stunning percentage of 93.8. His first three UK teams have continued that tradition, as the Wildcats sport a 46-4 record at Lexington's Rupp Arena since his arrival.
Sutton learned his trade as a player, then graduate assistant coach for the legendary Henry Iba at Oklahoma State. He graduated from OSU (then Oklahoma A8cM) in 1958 and received his master's degree from the school in 1959.
His first full-time coaching job came at Tulsa (Okla.) Central High School, where he built a 119-51 record in six years from 1961-62 through 1966-67. In 1967, he took over at Southern Idaho Junior College, a school that had never fielded a basketball team before. In three short years, Sutton compiled a remarkable 83-14 record.
His first major college test came in 1970, when he accepted the head coaching job at Creighton University. By 1974, Sutton had built a powerhouse  a team with a 23-6 record and ranked 14th in the polls. He spent five years at Creighton, compiling an 82-50 record and establishing himself as one of the finest young coaches in the game, before moving on to Arkansas for the 1974-75 season.
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junior college and college teams, Sutton has a record of 621-211. His major college record now stands at 419-146.
Another tribute to Sutton's success is the number of head coaches he has turned out. Gene Keady (Purdue), Pat Foster (Houston), Bill Brown (California State-Sacramento) and Leonard Hamilton (Oklahoma State) are head coaches who were one-time Sutton assistants.
Off the court, Eddie Sutton has always emphasized discipline and academics. Nearly 90 percent of the players who have completed four years under Sutton have earned degrees. He develops close relationships with his players, evidenced by the fact that players frequently stop by his office to chat. His open-door policy makes him accessible to those around him and hardly a day goes by that a former player doesn't call to talk with Sutton.
On the court, Sutton's success has been built on what he calls the "three D's  dedication, discipline and defense." The Wildcats' practice jersies and pants have those three words stitched on them, providing the players with a constant reminder of Sutton's way to success.
Sutton also has an enviable record of turning out professional players, including former Arkansas players Sidney Moncrief, Ron Brewer, Alvin Robertson, Darrell Walker, Tony Brown, Marvin Delph, Scott Hastings and Joe Kleine. At Kentucky, others soon followed, including Kenny Walker and this past year's NBA crop, with Rex Chapman leading the way.
A nationally-known clinician and speaker, Sutton is also very active in various professional organizations. He is currently a member of the prestigious NCAA Basketball Issues Committee. He has been a member of the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee and is the immediate past president of the National Association of Basket-
ball Coaches (NABC). Sutton also serves on the Board of Directors of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Sutton is active in various charity organizations and makes numerous appearances for charitable causes.
The 52-year-old Sutton and his wife Patsy have three sons  Steve, a 23-year-old senior at UK; Sean, a 20-year-old sophomore basketball player at UK; and Scott, an 18-year-old senior at Lexington's Henry Clay High School.
EDDIE SUTTON'S COACHING RECORD
Year	School	Red	Pet
1970	Creighton	15-10	.600
1971	Creighton	14-11	.560
1972	Creighton	15-11	.577
1973	Creighton	15-12	.556
1974	Creighton	23-6	.793
1975	Arkansas	17-9	.654
1976	Arkansas	19-9	.679
1977	Arkansas	26-2	.929
1978	Arkansas	32-4	.889
1979	Arkansas	25-5	.833
1980	Arkansas	21-8	.724
1981	Arkansas	24-8	.750
1982	Arkansas	23-6	.793
1983	Arkansas	26-4	.867
1984	Arkansas	25-7	.781
1985	Arkansas	22-13	.629
1986	Kentucky	32-4	.889
1987	Kentucky	18-11	.621
1988	Kentucky	27-6	.818
TOTALS			
1970-74	Creighton (5 years)	82-50	.621
1975-85	Arkansas (11 years) 260-75		.776
1986-88	Kentucky (3 years)	77-21	.786
1970-88	19 Years	419-146	.742
WINNINGEST ACTIVE DIVISION I COACHES BY PERCENTAGE
Name, School Yrs.
1. Jerry Tarkanian, UNLV 20
2. John Chaney, Temple 16
3. Dean Smith,
North Carolina 27
4. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 12
5. Denny Crum, Louisville 17
6. EDDIE SUTTON. KENTUCKY 19
7. John Thompson,
Georgetown
8. Lou Carnesecca,
St. John's 20
9. Bob Knight, Indiana 23 10. Rick Huckaby, Marshall 5
Won Lost Pet.
501 106 82.5
37 997 79.6
638 182 77.8
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