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Image 3 of The Cats' Pause, 3-Dec-77

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i « PAGE 3 THE CATS' PAUSE, DECEMBER 3, 1977 Cats9 Pause Publisher WILDCATS 4 Hoosiers Will Face Students For First Time For the first time in eight years, Indiana's Hurrin' Hoosiers will be forced to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in their own backyard. And while Indiana has a pretty good-sized backyard of its own, it is no match for awesome Rupp Arena when Bobby Knight brings his cagers to town. Kentucky has played Indiana only four times in Lexington among the 19 previous battles but spacious Rupp Arena has eliminated the old cries of "let's play in Louisville where you can seat more fans.'' It'll be filled to the rafters come Monday night, probably setting a new one-game attendance record in the process. And the game will be televised live around the state. It'll be a classic Kentucky-Indiana confrontation. But there will be a slight difference. For the first time, the Big Blue will have the support of its entire student body and band. Usually, the Indiana game is played either during the holiday break, on the road or in Louisville where students don't get tickets. Indiana won't be so fortunate come Monday night. Traditionally, the series has been a matter of streaks. First, Indiana reeled off six consecutive victories before the Wildcats could crack the barrier. That was from 1924 thru 1942. Beginning in 1943, Kentucky ignited its own streak of five straight wins through 1970, the last being a 95-93 overtime thriller at Indiana. But Indiana rallied back and won five more in a row, ending the streak with that infamous 98-74 head-slapping win in Bloomington on December 7, 1974. Since then, Kentucky has won two of the last three and came within seconds of making it three straight. The first win was on March 22, 1975, in Dayton, Ohio. The Cats fired the shot heard around the world, knocking off the No. 1 ranked team in the country in the NCAA tourney. The Hoosiers were also undefeated at the time. Indiana returned the following year and won the national championship with a perfect record behind the play of All-American Kent Benson, but it wasn't without some anxious moments in Louisville. Kentucky played the game of its life in early December and had Indiana on the ropes, leading in the final minute of regulation play before Indiana rallied and sent the game into overtime. The Hoosiers won easily in the extra period, 77-68. It came close to being the upset of the year. Last season, Kentucky bombarded Indiana 66-51 at Bloomington as the Hoosiers experienced their worst sesaon ever under the capable Bobby Knight. So the stage is set for the volatile Knight. His Hoosiers will visit a place never before experienced by a Knight team. If Rupp Arena ever has a negative effect on an opposing team, this could be the time. With some 23,000 howling Wildcat fans roaring on, you can bet Rupp Arena will be anything but a neutral site for this one. HITS AND MISSES ... In his annual speech to the UT Basketball Pep Rally, Volunteer football coach Johnny Majors revealed he once was really a "Kentucky basketball fan" when he was growing up. He now says that Ray Mears has changed all that with his winning tradition at the University of Tennessee. "When I was a little boy, Kentucky was my favorite basketball team because it always won the championship," said Majors, as quoted in a Nashville newspaper, "if I were growing up in Tennessee today, my favorite team would be Tennessee. It has beaten Kentucky five straight times, which was unheard of once, and is now a championship contender itself. That's what Ray Mears has done for our university during the last 15 years." . . . Kentucky's two big names Fran Curci and Joe Hall, went through a two-hour talk show over the UK radio network last Wednesday. While favorable comment was generous among the fans, the questions, as a rule, were of little importance. And too often, the good questions went unanswered. Sportscaster Cawood Ledford said he was told it was the busy night for the switchboard at the originating station WHAS in its history . . . For the first time, the official SEC statistics contained the infamous mark next to Kentucky's name in the football listings. Kentucky moved to the top spot in the weekly release after the Tennessee game with a perfect 6-0 league mark and 10-1 overall as compared to Alabama's 6-0 SEC mark and 9-1 overall. That mark will stay next to Kentucky's name forever, noting that Kentucky WOULD have been the official SEC representative in the Sugar Bowl had it not been for NCAA probation ... It was some kind of an evening at the Lexington Center last week when the Committee of 101 sponsored its annual kick-off banquet for the UK basketball team. Rev. Wayne Smith, the MC, had the crowd of over 750 in stitches before the evening was over with . . . Can you believe there is not a UKbasketball player who ranks among the Top 90 cagers in the nation? That's what Sports Quarterly Basketball Special magazine says in its current edition. It lists the top ninty players in the country, but none are from UK. Some of those listed from this region are: Rickey Brown of Mississippi State, Mel Daniels of Stetson, Sam Drummer of Georgia Tech, John Gerdy of Davidson, Richard Glasper of Florida, Otis Howard of Austin Peay, Reggie Johnson of Tennessee, Reggie King of Alabama, Durand Macklin of LSU, Mike Mitchell of Auburn and Calvin Natt of North East Louisiana . . . But in Pro Basketball magazine, Rick Robey is listed as the number two pro GAME-BY-GAME WILDCAT SCORING - 1976-77 * - I S "jcz— — — _ 5. _ — < „ i ¦'" s - 8 - . " < I X - . „'. s 1 « « _ ~ ? " s £ 3»H»--i-_ i 9 in S ~ z < = ¦- f - i " j * nT^Sr- - §»S 5 w - ~ S ¦ a g ~ 5 O, « c ° 5 ° c" 2. Q - jr. 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Haskins, f........... 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 2 .... 00020 206 4302042200440 Stephens, f-g......... 2 6 .... 2 6 2 4 2 .... 2 0 0 ____ 0 4 ............................................................ Kentucky........... 72 103 66 90 98 77 68 102 64 64 67 75 73 87 100 87 92 113 97 89 104 90 81 85 77 79 72 72 93 72 Opponents.......... 64 53 51 63 67. 59 70 78 59 62 71 68 71 72 73 85 85 73 57 82 78 76 69 70 64 81 54 58 78 79 prospect at center for the NBA draft behind only Michael Thompson of Minnesota . . . Mississippi State football coach Bob Tyler probably didn't watch more than a couple of minutes of the Penn State-Pittsburgh game last week. After he viewed a couple of freshman Hugh Green's defensive plays for the Panthers, he probably kicked the set apart. Green, if you remember, was part of that famous "mid-night raid" on Mississippi talent by the Panthers last year when Johnny Majors was head boss at Pitt. That good have been a reason for State's disappointing showing this past season although you usually don't expect freshmen to make that much difference. But Green certainly could play anywhere and start anywhere . . . Kentucky punter Kevin Kelly played his last collegiate game against Tennessee two weeks ago. UK officials first anticipated only one season of eligibility for Kelly last summer, but a check with the NCAA resulted in two years of play. However, when UK asked for written confirmation, the NCAA replied that after studying Kelly's files, 1977 would be his last year of eligibility. Now, Kentucky must find replacements for both placekicker Joe Bryant and punter Kevin Kelly . . . Defensive All-American Art Still will be honored December 2 in Birmingham as the SEC Athlete of the Year by the Birmingham Touchdown Club. It is one of the most prestigous honors in the nation on the grid-iron. Ad it will be a busy time for Mr. Still. He is scheduled to arrive the same day in San Diego for the Kodak All-American festivities where he will autograph some 125 footballs and be featured at a gala banquet. Then on December 12, he will be honored as the Intercollegiate Player of the Year at Cherry Hill, New Jersey. His award will be a $500 silver trophy. That's the same event he attended four years ago as one of the region's outstanding prep stars. Over 800 sports fans will be in attendance. And to wind up honors, as of now, will be a visit to Woody Hayes Country where he will receive an "Award of Distinction" by the Columbus Touchdown Club. Silversmith might be a good occupation for Mr. Still, wouldn't you say? . . . Football coach Fran Curci has announced the date of December 8 as the first UK Football Awards Banquet since he became coach here. It will be held at the Lexington Center. Curci told us recently he doesn't believe in banquets, "but this is a special team and deserves a special kind of recognition." . . . In a real rarity, Kentucky [Continued On Page 28]

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