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Claiborne Cleans Up
Bat Cats Swing Into Spring
NCAA, UK, SEC Stats
UK's Campus Scene 2
ONE YEAR AGO
*The Kentucky zone defense, plus the hot hands of Jim Master and Kenny Walker, led the Cats to a 73-61 victory over the Florida Gators in the O'Connell Center on the Florida campus. UK's aggressive zone defense forced the Gators to shoot 20-foot jumpers and did not allow them the inside game which they are strong at. Kentucky held a 33-28 halftime lead and slowly built on it the rest of the game. Four UK players were in double figures,  led by Walker and
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Master with 18 points each. Walker also grabbed eight rebounds to lead UK in that category.
*Kentucky won its fifth game in a row, handing Vanderbilt an 82-63 white-washing in Rupp Arena before 23,782 fans. Again it was Jim Master and Kenny Walker leading the way as Master hit eight of ten shots for 22 points and Walker scored 16 points and grabbed a game and career-high 18 rebounds. He became the first Cat to grab more than 13 rebounds in a game this season. UK started fast and with the score 15-8 in UK's favor, the Wildcats outscored the Commodores 25-7 and took a 44-21 halftime lead. Vandy shot only 19.4 percent in the first half. Vandy could get no closer than 53-39, when Master then hit from the top of the key and Walker had a stuff and sank two free throws. The win made the Wildcats 10-4 in conference play and 18-5 overall.
*The Lady Kats bid farewell to seniors Valerie Still, Lea Wise, Patty Jo Hedges and Terri Naiser with a 77-55 blowout of Auburn in front of 8,223 fans at Memorial Coliseum. Still led all scorers with 21 points and ten rebounds. Wise had ten points and nine assists while Hedges scored 12 and dished out seven assists.
FIVE YEARS AGO
*UK survived a late scare from Ole Miss to win 82-77 in the first round of the SEC tournament. Ole Miss cut a 16 point UK lead to 80-77 with under a minute to go before Kyle Macy sank a pair of foul shots with five seconds left. Macy was brilliant, scoring a UK career-high 32 points.
*In one of the most classic games ever seen in the south, Kentucky outraced Alabama in a 101-100 shootout in the second round of the SEC tournament. It was racehorse basketball at its best. UK hit a sizzling 68.3 percent on 43 of 63 while Alabama hit 41 of 71 for 57.7 percent. Truman Claytor scored 25 points while Kyle Macy pumped in 22. Reggie King scored 38 points for the Tide and grabbed 11 rebounds.
*UK dumped a highly-ranked and heavily-favored LSU team 80-67 behind the guard tandem of Kyle Macy and Truman Claytor. The game was actually not as close as the final score indicated. UK jumped out in front 15-14 and led the rest of the way. With 18 minutes in the game, the Cats had stunned everyone by marching to a 51-30 lead. Macy was sensational again, hitting ten of 15 shots from the
field and scoring 29 points. Claytor finished with 20 points. UK managed the win without the services of freshman sensation Dwight Anderson, who broke his wrist in the game's opening minutes.
TEN YEARS AGO
*UK Football Coach Fran Curci is facing problems replacing some of his seniors. "My main concern is our strength in the middle," said Curci. He is hoping that his new recruits can solve these worries.
*Coach Joe Hall was honored for being selected "Coach of the Year" in the SEC for 1972-73. Hall received the award at halftime of the Tennessee-Kentucky game at Memorial Coliseum.
*Mississippi freshman Gary Yoder swiped the ball away from Kentucky's Kevin Grevey with 1:15 left in the game and the Cats clinging to a 60-59 lead. Rebel Coach Bob Jarvis elected to freeze the ball until 17 seconds were left and who else but Yoder drove the basket and threw up the winning shot. Ole Miss avenged a 93-64 bombing the Cats gave the Rebels in Lexington.
Wildcat Quiz
Rupp Arena Records
1. Kentucky has not lost too many times in Rupp Arena, but they did lose this one game by more points than any other game in the building. Who did they lose to?
a) Indiana
b) Purdue
c) Alabama
d) Berea
2. How many points did Kentucky lose by in that game played in 1980?
a) 20
b) 14
c) 10
d) 69
3. The record for the most free throws (18) made in Rupp in one game is held by which Kentucky player?
a) Jim Master
b) Rick Robey
c) Kyle Macy
d) Dwight Anderson
4. The record for most consecutive wins in Rupp is how many?
a) 15
b) 30
c) 69
d) 19
5. When the consecutive string of wins
was broken in 1982, which team did it?
a) Alabama
b) Auburn
c) Clinch Valley
d) North Carolina
6. This player holds three Rupp Arena records (most points, most field goals made and attempted) and he is not a Kentucky player. Who is he?
a) Bernard King of Tennessee
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b) Freeman . Williams of Portland State
c) Teddy Klaren of Waubonsee Community College
d) Rudy Macklin of LSU
7. Kentucky has never scored over 10()J points in Rupp Arena?
True of False?
8. The largest crowd ever to see a Kentucky game in Rupp Arena is 24,185. Who did Kentucky play?
a) Louisville
b) Tennessee
c) Henry Ford College
d) Georgia
9. Has Kentucky ever defeated a team by 50 points or more in Rupp Arena?
Yes or No?
10. Kentucky and its opponent went freestyle in this game, setting a Rupp record for most field goal attempts with a combined total of 163. Who was Kentucky's opponent?
a) Vanderbilt
b) Houston
c) UNLV
d) Louisville It's Harvest Time In The Commonwealth
What a recruiting harvest!
Folks around the Kentucky football camp were bubbling with joy after the; Wildcat staff made practically a clean sweep last week of the Commonwealth ' and compiled one of UK's best classes in the past decade.
First of all, the Cats quickly gobbled up the state's finest in Mark Higgs and Joe Curry and then signed several others who should be able to start for the Big Blue by their junior or senior year.
All-stater Greg Baker of Ohio and Ivy Joe Hunter of Florida were the big name out-of-staters who signed with UK and recruiting experts around the country believe this recruiting class may be second only to the Art Still-Derrick Ramsey class during the past twenty years at UK.
But the story we want to talk about today is one who got away. It is probably more significant than any of those above. Why?
Well, this story illustrates just how far the Wildcat recruiting program has come in the past couple years. Just consider the facts.
Jim Davidson is a 6-5, 225-pound prep All-State linebacker from West-erville High in Ohio. He's the son of former Buckeye All-American Jim Davidson. You can feel, as well as see, the bloodline to Columbus when you read about the youngster. Oh, by the way, the kid enjoys a 4.0 in the classroom.
With those impressive credentials and the family ties to Ohio State, your brains tell you to forget what little chances one has of recruiting him, particularly if you're a school like Kentucky which hasn't been known for football fame on the same level as Ohio State in the past couple decades.
Nevertheless, the Kentucky staff went calling. So did a lot of others. Davidson eliminated all of them early with the exception of Ohio State, Stanford, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and, yes, Kentucky.
Let's see now, there is Stanford (the academic giant which plays a pretty good brand of football), and there's West Virginia and Pitt (two recent football powers) and there's ole state u (Ohio State. But my, where in the world does Kentucky fit in?
In a recent issue of The Buckeye Leaves (Ohio State publication), the young Davidson and his family talked about recruiting and how his home-state and family ties finally bonded a knot between Ohio State and him.
But that wasn't before Kentucky made a serious run at state university and apparently finished a very, very close second to OSU.
"I really wanted to take a look at other schools just to make sure Ohio State is where I wanted to go," Davidson told The Buckeye Leaves. . . "I   went   to   Pitt,   West Virginia.
Stanford and UK - just all different kinds of setting and environments and things like that. I found that after all those visits, I really (still) didn't know right away."
As the recruiting continued, he appeared to grow fonder of OSU and Kentucky as he became more friendly to those two schools' staffs.
Jim's mother, Karen, said the parents kept a safe distance from the recruiting race and allowed Jim to make up his own mind. Even at that, she thought she knew what direction he was leaning toward by the son's conversations with coaches.
"It was very interesting to me, because I was maybe in the kitchen when the different coaches came in," she recalled. "I thought there was at least two schools that I thought Jim was very comfortable with. And when coach Randy Hart and Coach (Earl) Bruce were here, I was hearing them from out there. He was laughing and reallv just having a nice conversation with those guys. He really likes them as people. It was the same thing with Coach (Jerry) Claiborne and Coach (Greg) Nord from Kentucky. I think he really liked those people as individuals."
Kentucky may have lost the battle but is gaining an edge in the war. There was a time when other schools infiltrated the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Now, UK is returning the favor. It's nice to get this close in a recruiting race where OSU has all the advantages, such as state university, parents as OSU alumnus, the father even a former Buckeye All-American, and yet little ole Kentucky almost pulled it off.
This one may be for Ripley's.
Kentucky's popular radio color commentator Ralph Hacker says you can, by golly, pick up Kentucky Wildcats basketball in San Francisco, if you can afford the money.
William P. Salyer, a former resident of Richmond who is a friend of ex-UK star Talbott Todd, now lives in California and recently went to a great deal of expense to install a high-powered antenna receiver.
Low and behold, Salyer has been able to dial in WHAS Radio (840) on certain nights and pick up UK basketball games. Hacker says he's never heard of anyone picking up the game that far away.
Just a couple corrections in relation to our column of a week ago concerning a new prep basketball all-star game at Rupp Arena.
We were told that Louisville was forbidding its signees from playing, in
the Lexington game, but a UK staffer says that isn't really true. A Wildcat assistant said the UL signees had already committed to the Derby Classic  and another  all-star game.
; Prepsters can play in only two such games while school is in session.
If you think there might be some bad blood between the two events, you could be right. Reportedly, some of UK's signees had already committed to the Derby Classic and then changed their mind for the Lexington event.
Sources tell us there's still a strong possibility that California prep All-American Robert Lock will play in the Derby Classic along with J'town's Todd Ziegler. Cedric Jenkins, Ed Davender and Richie Madison all were originally going to the classic, but are
| not coming to Lexington.
The reason most of the players are having to choose between the two is because of the McDonald's All-Star Classic in Los Angeles which is considered the "blue-chipper" of them all.
If you get picked for that one, then it's only natural for the UL-bound players to want the Derby Classic and the UK-bound players the Lexington game.
Details concerning the all-star circuit will be released in the next couple weeks and we hope to have it for you as soon as possible.
Tickets for the 1985 NCAA Final Four at Lexington's Rupp Arena go on sale by mail order only April 3, according to the NCAA and the University of Kentucky.
Mail orders postmarked prior to April 3 will not be considered according to officials. Information can now be obtained by writing either the NCAA or the UKAA on how to order the tickets.
Usually, the allotment is consumed the first day with a drawing being necessary to pick the lucky ones.
For the first time since the SEC Tourney was re-instated back in 1979, the four-day event is a virtual sell-out in Nashville, and no wonder, what with the league race as it is today.
There's little doubt the race won't be decided before the final weekend of action when Kentucky plays host to Ole Miss and LSU while Auburn is the host to Mississippi State and Alabama. And Florida isn't totally out of the picture by any means.
This will be one year when the seeding could backfire. Seedings are used to give the league's top teams a weak opponent in the first round, but the two teams which survive the first day's,-four^team  play-off coulcL.be
better than the third and fourth ranked clubs in the league.
At this point in time, there's no way to pinpoint a strong tournament favorite, and you probably won't the day the tourney begins either. Anybody can win it and the champion will probably be a team not expected to win all the marbles. Remember Ole Miss and Georgia?
The way things are going, the SEC will be stung by its double round-robin card plus a post season tourney scheme. Right now, only Kentucky and Auburn look to be sure at-large teams. Teams with ten or more losses rarely get invited to the NCAA as at-large teams.
Nine of the ten SEC teams will also post an additional loss as a result of the tourney, again, not enhancing their chances for an NCAA invitation. Should Kentucky or Auburn win the SEC tourney, the league might have only two clubs in the big event and that could be mighty costly to a lot of pocketbooks.
With that in mind, it's about time the athletics directors and presidents take another look at the 18-game regular season schedule and post season tourney. Quite frankly, the best thing to do would be to eliminate the tourney, but that won't happen because the college administrators are too greedy, yes, GREED!
On the other side, the tourney is a great promotional event for the conference and it's the one time of year we all enjoy, getting to visit and chat with friends from all ten schools. It's like the Kentucky state high school tournament.
But for the good of SEC basketball and its teams' getting to the NCAA? Well, the facts just don't back up that contention. 
Another alternative would be to go back to divisional play with 14 SEC games. This wouldn't be totally fair because there would be off years when a particular school wouldn't have to play certain tough teams on the road.
There will be some talk about changes, but as long as television is around and willing to cough up the green backs, we'll continue to have what we have today, lots of money and plenty of teams with ten losses staying at home, even though these SEC clubs are much better than some schools which boast of 20-win seasons and are playing in the NCAA.
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Chuck Person	8-17	0-0	js	i	16	:':!/	0	32
Greg Turner	3-12	4-6	7	4	10	2	4	32
Charles Barkley/ 6-10		6-6	11	4	18	2	T'	34
Gerald Whi!e	4-10	4-7	5	4	12	4	'3	28
frank ford	0-3	0-1	2	0	0	1 ;	2	31
Paul Daniels	1-2	0-2	2	3	2	3	3	18
Richie Welsh	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	1	1
Hark Cahi!1	0-1	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	5
Terry Martin	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	2
Vern Strickland	2-4	2-2	3	3	-4	1	I	14
Carey Hoi land	0-0	0-0	1	'	0	0	0	2
Spencer Howard	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	1
Team Rebounds			0					
TOTALS	24-59	16-24	32	23	64	14	15	200
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PLAYER	FG	FT	REB	PF	TPS	A	TO	MIH
Kenny Walker	8-12	0-1	6	IJA:	16	2	3	31
Sam Bowie	4-8	0-0	8	4	8	3	 t	25
Mclvin Turpin	5-12	1-1	i 7	3	11	2	0	33
Jim Master	5-8	0-0	2	1	10	4	}	24
Roger Harden	1-5	0-0	1	2.	2	5	0	18
James 8i-ack"ion	0-1	1-2	'3		: v i	2:i	3	13
Oicky Beal	3-5	11-13	1	4	17	3	2	26
Bret Bearup	0-0	0-0	si .	0	0	0		2
Winston Bennett	6-8	5-7	5	2	17	0	0	27
Tom He i tz	1-1	0-0	0	0	2	0	0	1
Team Rebounds			T'					
TOTALS	33-60'	18-24	35	21	84	21-	13	200
AUBURN				32		32		64
KENTUCKY				37		47	--	84
ATTENDANCE: 23.836
OFFICIALS^ D. KeUey, D. Ruttedge, A. Prescat TECHNICAL FOULS: none
The Importance
All that was at stake here was first place in the Southeastern Conference, at least for Kentucky. The preseason league favorite, the Cats had their backs against the wall. The 14th-ranked Tigers (Auburn's highest ranking in recent history) came into the game 8-2 in the league, a game ahead of 8-3 Kentucky.
The Cats virtually had to have a win to keep their hopes alive of winning SEC title number 35. Auburn, seeking only its second league title ever, was guaranteed a share of the lead (at least in the loss column), no matter what.
Off to its best start in the SEC since 1975, Auburn had been the league's best road team. They came to Lexington 4-1 on the road, the only team better than .500 on the road (UK is 3-3). However, 23,836 Rupp Arena screamers were fired up and after a slow start the Cats were also. Auburn was also the last visitor to win in Rupp, that coming a year ago. Certainly another motivating factor for Kentucky was a Jan. 13 spanking Auburn handed the Cats in Auburn. That not only broke the SEC race open but it ended UK's undefeated season at the point.
For 40 minutes, the intensity of both clubs was fierce. This was perhaps the most physical and most rugged UK game. It was warfare from the outset.
Key Stats
The difference in the game was shooting. Kentucky made 33 of 60 shots for 55 percent against a combination of Auburn defenses. The Tigers, who scored easily early, finished hitting only 24 of 59 shots for 40.7 percent. Kentucky, ranked as one of America's best on defense, used a man-to-man until switching to a zone early in the second half. The man-toman got UK the lead, the zone put the game away.
Individually, two reserves sparked Kentucky. Freshman Winston Bennett was named MVP. scoring 17 points off the bench while hitting six of eight field goals. He had eight points in a
late first-half rally.
While Bennett supplied the muscle, guard Dicky Beal was the motor. Beal's season has been a roller coaster ride, due to various ailments. Against the Tigers, he scored a career-high 17 points and played a season-high 26 minutes. Eleven points came in the final 2V& minutes at the foul line. Until then, Beal had propelled the UK running game and helped the Cats solve some of the problems fullcourt pressing defenses had been giving them.
Sophomore forward Kenny Walker was his reliable self. He scored 16 points, hitting eight of 12 shots. As always, he seemed to come up with the big play. Sam Bowie had eight points and eight boards while battling foul troubles. Melvin Turpin had ten points but an unusual five for 12 shooting. Guard Jim Master opened up the middle by hitting five of eight outside shots.
As always, Charles Barkley and Chuck Person led Auburn. Mammoth Barkley intimidated inside, scored 18 points ai:d had 11 rebounds. Person put in 16 points, but the league's best rebounder had only one. The rest of the Tigers were just seven of 25 shooting.
Two other key numbers: UK's bench outscored Auburn's reserves 37-6. UK outrebounded   Auburn   35-32. The
Tigers entered the game ranked third in the nation in rebounding and had been outrebounded only once.
The Turning Point
Auburn took early control, getting the ball inside for dunks or layups and forced Joe Hall to call a timeout less than three minutes into the game. The Tigers stayed on top until UK tied matters for the first time at 16-16. However, Barkley went to war with a slam on the offensive boards and UK trailed 30-22, with 5:12 left in the half.
UK then turned the tide. The Cats outscored Auburn 15-2 the rest of the half and 62-34 the rest of the game. Turpin started matters with a three-point play, his first points. Bennett hit two short jumpers over Barkley and a pair of free throws. Bennett then took a Beal pass on the fast break and scored for a 35-32 lead, with 14 seconds in the half.
Bennett, however, charged on the play. Auburn frosh Frank Ford missed the free throw. As the clock went down, Beal took a desperation 15-foot jumper while falling down. The shot banked in and UK took a 37-32 halftime lead. Bennett and Barkley had ten points, UK hit 17 of 32 shots to only 11 of 29 for Auburn.
The Finishing Touches
Bowie had a slam on a missed shot and UK led 43-34. The Tigers came right back and cut it to 43-40. Moments later, UK went to a zone and Auburn went cold. Kentucky went on a 22-8 tear.
Walker had six of the points, all on medium range jump shots. Bennett, playing for Bowie (who had four fouls), had five points. The first three came on a three-point play when Auburn trailed by three. That play also gave Barkley   his   third   foul   at 16:10.
Turpin finished off the run, on a tap-in and a short bank shot. At 6:07, UK led 65-48. Auburn got within 12 but Walker provided the game's most exciting play with a thunderous one-hand slam off a missed shot by Turpin.
In the closing minutes. Auburn was forced to foul. They picked on Beal, who was hitting 75 percent from the line but just 61 percent in SEC play. The ploy did not work. Beal, who started the second half, hit 11 of 12 freebies down the stretch. Auburn got no closer than 13 points.
From The Auburn Locker Room
The following quotes were made b) Auburn Head Coach Sonny Smith af tei his Tigers were defeated by the Kentucky Wildcats 84-64 last Saturday in Rupp Arena:
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"You have to give the credit to Kentucky. This was our second worst shooting percentage of the year and I think that you have to give credit to Kentucky's defense for that. They only gave us four fast breaks and that is the lowest total we have had this year. Right before the half, they had a big run when I think we were up by nine and we were shooting too quick. The crowd was getting into the game too much, so we tried to slow it down a little and take some time off the clock and I think that hurt us. Our effort was good. We played hard, we played intelligent. Another thing, you have to give them credit for and the thing that worried us more than anything else was the second-shot possibilities that they have. Second shots were one of the big, big things that his ballgame was settled on.
"I thought Beal was a big factor. I think anytime you can add quickness to your lineup, it has to help your ballclub. It gives z team the ability to come from behind.
"To tell you the truth, this was the best officiated game we had all season. I am being honest with you because they let them play. This was probably the most physical game we have been in, and I thought it was clean.
"If we played on a neutral floor, it would be an interesting game. I think we are a good team. I wasn't sure if we were, but today made me feel like we are because we moved the ball well. Another big factor was they shut down Chuck Person. He really did not do much until we called timeout and told him to start shooting the ball.
"Bennett ought to be on wrestling show from Lexington. He would be a headliner on that show. For a freshman, he is the most physical player I have ever seen."
Coach Hall Called It A Team Victory
Kentucky Coach Joe B. Hall made the following comments after his team defeated Auburn 84-64:
"It was really a good team win. We played well as a unit. We scrapped and hustled and did what we had to in order to win. It was the kind of game that brings out the best in people. Auburn has a fine team.
"Going to the zone in the second half was probably the key. Before we went to the zone they had scored on six consecutive possessions. After we went to the zone they scored only once in their next 12 possessions. That was the key.
"Everyone played well. I wouldn't want to single anybody out because it was just a good team win and one that we needed and everybody just came out ready to play.
"We did not zip through the press as well as we could have but we only had 13 turnovers. In a rugged game like that, that was good enough. It was a very physical game and both teams played very, very hard.
"I said at the beginning of the season we needed a healthy Sam Bowie and a healthy Dicky Beal. We had some of both tonight, although maybe not 100 percent. But it is evident we need to be sound to be as good as we can be."
FLYING ELBOWS... Auburn's Charles Barkley fights Sam Bowie for position under the basket. Against Kentucky, Barkley grabbed 11 rebounds to Bowie's eight.
Auburn Players Said Kenny Walker Was The Difference
Charles Barkley - "They have a tremendous crowd. I believe the crowd really helps them, just like our crowd helped us when we played them in Auburn.
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think it would be a very interesting game. I don't think the game was as lopsided as the score indicated. We think we can play with anybody when we are playing as well as we can. The shots just were not falling tonight.
"Kenny Walker is the best player on that Kentucky team. He is just a tremendous athlete. (Melvin Turpin and Sam Bowie) are not better than Kenny Walker. They are good, but they are just not as good as Kenny."
(About teammate  Chuck Person)
"Chuck is such a good player. He just had a bad day, that is all. No one can completely stop him, the shots were just not falling in. The key to this game was the play of Kenny Walker and the guards played well."
Chuck Person - "I don't think this is the end of the world. We played them tough but they just hit the free throws late in the game. I don't consider the game today as a blowout. We played good basketball and they played good basketball. They just hit their shots and we did not. I think Kenny Walker
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Beal Says He Is Now Ready For Stretch Run
In a matter of one week, the player many feel may be the key to Kentucky's 1984 basketball success transformed from virtually lifeless to the life of the team.
When Kentucky lost at Alabama, Dicky Beal sat and watched. The Tide press put UK in shambles while the team's press destroyer - Beal - sat. Coach Joe Hall had asked Beal if he could play on a slightly sprained ankle. Beal did not think he could.
His ankle pained but perhaps it was his spirits that ached the most. "At one point, I said to myself to just forget it," he admitted Saturday after sparking UK to a key 84-64 win over Auburn. "I told myself maybe this was it."
Beal's career has been one of peaks and valleys for three years. He played over a year with aching knees. In his final year, he was expected to take over Dirk Minniefield's point guard duties and hopefully lead a talented UK team to the promised land.
In between, however, more frustration awaited. Three times, during the offseason, he had orthoscopic surgery. His knees - the burners that made him special - were scarred. By the season's beginning, he was just starting to round into shape but still
mentally drained.
"I've thought many times my time was over. I would sit down and think about what I had done. It has always been up and down."
He had his sparkling December moments, but always as a fourth guard on perhaps the nation's best pre-Christmas team. Then the guards began to falter. Opportunity knocked. A virus hit Beal. UK lost to Auburn, then Beal sat on the sidelines for two games with an upset stomach.
By the time the Alabama game rolled around, his heart was no longer in the game. He wondered if it was worth getting up one more time, with the chance of another disappointment maybe ahead.
"It seemed like there was disappointment after disappointment after disappointment. I know I am a senior and should not feel like that. But it is hard.
"Mentally I was tired. There was the surgery and so many high expectations that did not work out. It was   a   very,   very   down period."
He played little when UK defeated Mississippi State. He came home and thought about it. He talked with family, friends and coaches. He made a decision.
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GET OFF ME. . . UK's Dicky Beal shields off Auburn's guard Gerald White.
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B-eautiful
Dear Sirs:
The nation is familiar with the A-Team on television which is know for its success against bitter opposition.
May I introduce you to Kentucky's "B-Team" which could be, and has been, used in certain situations: Bennett, Blackmon, Bowie, Beal and Byrd, and possibly Bearup. Sounds good to me.
ODE OF AN ORANGE
I once was sweet, I once was orange,
Up 1-75 I came. Something   'soured"   in Kentucky,
Guess   I' 11   never   be   the same.
I was surely ripe for "pickin" To foolish eyes I had been pleasin',
I got jammed between "Twin Tower" Now I'm  only  fit  for squeezin'.
The Cats would not extend my credit An overdue debt now has been paid. We went north expecting "orange juice."
Returned to Knoxville as Lemonade.
Sincerely,
V.W. Harris Sylvester, GA
(Former resident of Jackson, MS best remembered as friend of Bob Watkins & Jim Wilkins)
Ray Meyer? He wins it all every year doesn't he? Well, how about Dean Smith then? Yeah, that's it! Ol' Dean boy takes it every time out surely. . .
no? Well, then, Denny Crum surely does! Huh? he doesn't? Bobby Knight right? That's who we'll get when we get rid of that bum Joe B.! What do you mean he doesn't win it all every year either? What do you mean some of these boys don't even have as high a win