Archive for Sunday, January 9, 2005


January 9, 2005


  • Kentucky leads the all-time series, 19-3.
  • KU, at No. 2, is the highest-ranked team to visit Rupp Arena since No. 1 Florida fell, 70-55, on Feb. 3, 2003. Kentucky, ranked eighth, is 25-6 all-time in Rupp against higher-ranked teams and has won 11 straight at Rupp as the lower-ranked squad.
  • UK's Chuck Hayes is 29 points shy of 1,000.
  • Kentucky limited Campbell to 11 first-half points in the Wildcats' 82-50 victory, the fewest points scored by a Wildcat foe since the advent of the shot clock in 1985-86.
  • Kentucky has a 370-42 record (.898) in 29 seasons at Rupp Arena.
  • UK today will pay tribute to legendary coaching figure and Paducah native Clarence "Big House" Gaines. He will be named an honorary Kentucky colonel by Gov. Ernie Fletcher in a halftime ceremony. Gaines won 828 games as coach at Winston-Salem State University in a 47-year career.
  • Kentucky tied the school record for largest halftime deficit overcome on Dec. 18 at Louisville. Down 32-16 at the half, UK outscored Louisville, 44-26, the final half of a 60-58 win.
  • UK's Kelenna Azubuike has made 21 of his last 38 field goals in the last three games.
  • Tubby Smith is 201-53 in his eighth season at UK. The other three Kentucky coaches to record 200 wins were Adolph Rupp (876), Joe B. Hall (297) and Rick Pitino (219).
  • UK is 1-1 against ranked opponents, beating Louisville but losing at North Carolina, 91-78.
  • Two of UK's four freshmen, Rajon Rondo and Randolph Morris, have started every game this year. The others, Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford, are averaging double-figure minutes.
  • Hayes has started 87 straight games and is 23 starts shy of Alex Groza's school record of 110.
  • Sophomore Shagari Alleyne, at 7-foot-3, is the tallest player in UK history. He has 22 blocks in the last seven games. He hails from New York's Rice High, as does KU's Russell Robinson.
  • UK has won 28 of its last 30 home games. The record crowd at Rupp Arena, which could be threatened today, was 24,459 on Feb. 4, 2003, versus Florida.
  • KU's J.R. Giddens and Kentucky's Kelenna Azubuike played on the same AAU team in Oklahoma.

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