Wildcats Ready to Battle Hoosiers in RCA Dome
Dec. 21, 2001
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
Border Rivals Square Off at RCA Dome
Kentucky enters the contest after just falling short of upsetting top-ranked Duke in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday. The Blue Devils rallied from a 12-poing second half deficit to beat UK in overtime, 95-92, as preseason player of the year Jason Williams tallied 38 points. The loss snapped a six-game Kentucky win streak but proved to be a breakout game for freshman sharpshooter Rashaad Carruth, who had 19 points, and veteran Jules Camara, who made his first start of the season and finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
Indiana comes into the game after losing two of its last four. The Hoosiers have road losses to Southern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) sandwiched around wins over instate schools Notre Dame and Ball State.
Twelve of the last 16 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, including two overtime games. The last meeting in the RCA Dome was an 85-73 win by Indiana on Dec. 4, 1999.
Tubby Smith is 3-1 against IU in his four seasons at Kentucky. IU's Mike Davis is 0-1 against the Cats after last season's loss.
When Davis finished playing in the CBA in 1995, he was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater by David Hobbs, a current UK assistant coach. In '96, Hobbs and Davis led Alabama to the NIT Final Four and a 19-13 record the following year.
Kentucky vs. Big Ten Opponents
Here's the rundown:
Date Opponent Result 12-5-87 Indiana* W, 82-76 12-3-88 Notre Dame* L, 65-81 12-2-89 Indiana* L, 69-71 12-8-90 Notre Dame* W, 98-90 12-7-91 Indiana* W, 76-74 12-4-93 Indiana L, 84-96 12-2-95 Indiana W, 89-82 11-15-96 Clemson (BCA) L, 71-79ot 3-29-97 Minnesota (F-4) W, 78-69 3-31-97 Arizona (F-4) L, 79-84ot 12-6-97 Indiana W, 75-72 12-4-99 Indiana L, 75-83 *Big Four -- UK, IU, U of L, Notre Dame
Did You Know?
IU's AJ Moye was the Class 3A Player of the Year that same season and edged out Fitch for the Mr. Basketball title. He played at Westlake High in "CATlanta."
Hoosier Game Notables
* UK hasn't played in a domed stadium since March 10, 2000, when the Cats suffered an 86-72 loss to Arkansas in the SEC Tournament. That ended a stretch of 20 UK games played in domes during the first three years of the Tubby Smith era. Smith's Wildcat teams are 17-3 at those venues.
* This game was originally slated for Dec. 1, but at the request of CBS Sports was moved to allow UK to play Louisville on that date. However, Louisville continued to honor the original contract and elected not to change dates. Indiana had already rescheduled, adding a game Dec. 1 at Southern Illinois. The rescheduling ended an "odd-year streak" that saw UK and IU play the first Saturday in December since 1987.
Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the two squads played football on that date with the Hoosiers winning in Bloomington.
March 22, 1975 -- Kentucky returns the favor two years later, snapping IU's 34-game win streak with a 92-90 victory. IU had beaten the Cats for the fifth straight time earlier that season, 94-78.
Dec. 6, 1980 -- Sam Bowie and Fred Cowan each scored 14 points to offset Isiah Thomas' 20 points for a 68-66 UK win at Assembly Hall. It was Kentucky's last win in Bloomington.
Dec. 7, 1996 -- The "Air Pair," Ron Mercer and Derek Anderson, combined for 56 points as UK handed Bobby Knight one of his worst losses of all time, 99-65 in Louisville.
Carruth Is On Fire
He finished the game with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting and set or tied career highs in every category.
Carruth missed the first month of the season with a high ankle sprain and played in only three games prior to the Duke contest.
In the last seven games, the bench is averaging 36.1 ppg.
Only Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Fitch and Keith Bogans have started all eight games. Cliff Hawkins has started five games at the point while running mate J.P. Blevins has three starts. Marquis Estill (5), Marvin Stone (2) and Jules Camara (1) have all split time inside.
The Wildcats' last game without a three-pointer came 13 years ago against Seton Hall on Nov. 26, 1988, a "three-point" loss in the Great Alaska Shootout.
Cats In The Stats
* Coach Tubby Smith has always made solid defense his top priority and this year is no different. In the first eight games, no team has shot more than 47% from the field against UK while four teams have failed to top 40% shooting. Duke used a 63.6% effort in overtime to push its FG shooting to 46.4% on the night for the best effort by an opponent this season. In Smith's four previous years at Kentucky, opponents have combined to shoot less than 40% from the field three times.
* Kentucky leads the nation in rebounding margin this season, outrebounding opponents by an average of 13.6 rpg, the greatest rebound margin at UK since 1956-57. That season, the Cats outrebounded opponents by 15.7 rpg. UK has averaged 46.5 rpg, while opponents have grabbed 32.9 rpg.
* In other NCAA statistics, the Wildcats entered the week ranked seventh in scoring (87.7 ppg) and eighth in scoring margin (22.1 ppg) while junior Marquis Estill ranked 10th in FG percentage (64.8%). UK's 118 points against Kentucky State were the fourth-most points scored in a game this season. NCAA Division I statistics are updated each Tuesday.
* In the Southeastern Conference rankings which include this week's updated statistics, UK's Tayshaun Prince is third in scoring (18.5 ppg) while Cliff Hawkins ranks 10th in assists (3.75 apg). The Wildcats are first in scoring (88.2 ppg), rebounding (46.5 rpg), rebounding margin (13.6 rpg) and offensive rebounds (19.0 orpg).
Vs. Ranked Opponents
UK in December
December to Remember
Kentucky will appear six times on ESPN and seven times on CBS.
Both Prince and Keith Bogans continue to climb UK's list of all-time scoring leaders. Prince is 21st with 1,363 points, while Bogans is 39th with 1,100.
Last Time Out
Rashaad Carruth led the Wildcats with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the game. However, player of the year candidate Jason Williams stepped up for Duke in the second half and extra period, scoring 27 of his 38 points to lead the defending national champions.
ESPN's ratings for the game were the highest for any college basketball game in three years.
After dropping in the rankings two consecutive weeks following its season-opening loss to Western Kentucky, the Cats have steadily climbed two spots in each of the past two weeks and sit at seventh in the AP and eighth in the Coaches poll.
Tayshaun Prince had back-to-back double-doubles earlier this month against VMI and North Carolina.
Current Wildcats who have recorded double-doubles in their career include:
Cat Career Doubles Keith Bogans 2 Jules Camara 4 Marquis Estill 1 Gerald Fitch 1 Jason Parker 2 Tayshaun Prince 9 Marvin Stone 1
Big Blue Birthday
Cats vs. No. 1 Teams
The Wildcats have played Duke two other times when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 in the country. Duke won both games, 80-55 on Nov. 19, 1988 and 104-103 in overtime on March 28, 1992.
Kentucky's last win over a top-ranked team was an 81-74 victory against UMass at the Meadowlands in the NCAA Semifinals on March 30, 1996.
* Prince's streak of five three-pointers on five straight possessions to start the North Carolina game were the first of seven for the game, all coming in the opening half. His fifth, just a few inches inside the "U" at center court, measured nearly 30'.
His seven 3FGs in a half tied Derrick Miller for the most threes scored in a half at Kentucky. Miller also drained seven to start the Kansas game on Dec. 9, 1989 before finishing with eight threes in the game.
Prince's seven, however, were the most treys recorded by a Wildcat in Rupp Arena as Miller's came in the Jayhawks' storied Allen Field House.
Once he moved into the starting role at power forward for five games early in the season, Estill again earned notice. Of the school's listed in the AP Top 25 at the time, he was the ONLY walk-on starter.
Queen City Mark
Within the Borders
The Cats have already played Western Kentucky and Morehead State, and will battle Louisville later this month. They faced Kentucky Wesleyan, Cumberland, Georgetown and Centre during the '21 season, posting a 5-1 record in the meetings.
UK now stands at 23-3 in home openers at Rupp Arena.
AP Names Prince All-American
Prince joined Duke's Jason Williams, Stanford's Casey Jacobsen, Missouri's Kareem Rush and Illinois' Frank Williams.
Prince is just the second Wildcat to earn the preseason honor from the AP since the national news organization began naming a preseason team in 1985. Jamal Mashburn was a preseason All-American prior to the 1992-93 season.
Prince also was named first-team Preseason All-America by collegeinsider.com, Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon Basketball, The Sporting News and Basketball News.
He was a second-team selection by AP at the end of last season.
Tayshaun Prince also was predicted to repeat as SEC Player of the Year, while he and Bogans both were named first-team Preseason All-SEC.
Men's Basketball Predictions Champion - Kentucky (20), Florida (3). Eastern Division
1. Kentucky (20) 26 2. Florida (3) 43 3. Tennessee 76 4. South Carolina 98 5. Georgia 105 6. Vanderbilt 123 Western Division 1. Alabama (15) 33 2. Arkansas (5) 60 3. Ole Miss (2) 66 4. Auburn (1) 78 5. LSU 121 6. Mississippi State 125
Only 50 college basketball players make the prestigious list, which culminates in the presentation of the Wooden Award for the nation's best collegiate basketball player each April.
The award was started in 1976 and has seen past winners that include Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Tim Duncan. No Kentucky Wildcat has ever claimed the honor.
Parker will miss the 2001-02 season as a redshirt. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Points 80.6% Rebounds 82.4% Assists 71.4% Blocks 83.4% Steals 72.1%
Their Old Kentucky Home
J.P. Blevins (Edmonton), Marquis Estill (Richmond), Cory Sears (Corbin), Matt Heissenbuttel (Lexington), Josh Carrier (Bowling Green) and Adam Chiles (Louisville) all hail from within the state's borders.
In '91, Reggie Hanson, Richie Farmer, John Pelphrey, Deron Feldhaus, Michael Parks and Todd Bearup all came from Kentucky. Much like Sears and Heissenbuttel, Parks and Bearup were both walk-ons 11 seasons ago.
Kentucky celebrated its 25th season in the first built-for-basketball arena last year, playing for a quarter of a century on the original floor. Pieces of the original floor were auctioned off prior to the charity game, "A Night of True Champions," on Aug. 11, raising more than $38,000. The money was split between the UK Basketball Museum, the KHSAA and the Lexington Civic Center for the purchase of the new floor.
The new floor was designed by UK in conjunction with Lexington Civic Center officials. It was constructed by Robbins, Inc., in Cincinnati, Ohio at a cost of $125,000.
BIG BLUE MANIA
Chapman Makes Dunk List
The top five were Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Julius Erving and Jackie Jackson. Not on the list was former Cat Kenny Walker, who won the NBA's slam dunk contest in 1993.
Keightley In 41st Season
Keightley, who has a jersey retired in the rafters of Rupp Arena, has worked under five different head coaches at UK -- Rupp, Hall, Sutton, Pitino and Smith.
Wiggins Keeps on Coming
The illness forced him to miss four games, but he has since returned to see every contest in person, a streak of 185 games.
Meanwhile, his home court streak is still intact. Wiggins has not missed a home game in 41 years, a streak spanning 581 games. During that period, which dates back to 1960-61, UK has a home record of 517-64.
In all, he's in his 49th season watching the Cats in person and through his own record keeping, has attended 1,199 UK games.
UK No. 2 with Most NBA Players
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