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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK Oddities Part 2

So close Jared, so close.  

A couple weeks ago I put up a post about some of the oddities in the UK athletics world, such as the fact that Bobby Perry scored more points than 6 players who have their jerseys retired at UK.  Kinda some fun facts for people to enjoy (or for some of you, get enraged about).  But, it seemed to be a popular post, and many people put other fun facts into the comments sections or tweeted me, so I thought I would put up a 2nd edition on this Friday as a good way to wrap up the week on Rants and Ramblings.  So, here are another batch of interesting statistics:

-11 of the top 21 scorers in UK history only played 3 seasons

-The player who came closest to breaking the 1,000 point barrier but didn’t was Jared Prickett, with 998 points

-The player who ranks #100 on the career scoring list has his jersey retired by UK, Lou Tsioropoulos

-It took Dan Issel 8 less games to score 94 more points than Jodie Meeks on the single season scoring list

-Dan Issel, Jodie Meeks, and Cliff Hagan hold 9 of the top 10 spots on the single game scoring list

-6 times an opposing player has scored 50 or more points against UK, all 6 were either Pete Maravich or Austin Carr

-Austin Carr scored 52 points against UK in an NCAA Tournament game, no other player has scored more than 36

-UK’s Top 5 in SEC Tournament scoring are Cliff Hagan, Alex Groza, Jim Line, Jack Parkinson, and Wah Wah Jones

-15 times a UK player has been chosen as SEC Tournament MVP.  Only Travis Ford was selected twice.

-Wayne Turner and Tony Delk actually rank in the Top 40 for career BLOCKS at UK.

-Kentucky has never had any players from Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nebraksa, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Carolina, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.  But they have had players from the Dominican Republic, Canada, Senegal, Poland, and Turkey.

-11 of the 20 NBA titles Kentucky alums have won came with the Boston Celtics

-Despite his recruiting reputation, Rick Pitino did not have a single Mcdonald’s All-American in 5 of his 8 classes

-Kentucky did not have a single left-handed player on roster from 1991-1997

-UK has only had 2 players serve in the military since 1970: Charles Hurt and Carlos Toomer

-Only 1 UK player has ever lived past the age of 100: Basil Hayden

-UK has never lost to an opponent ranked #22 in the AP poll (8-0 all-time)

-The longest tenure for the same group of assistant coaches at Kentucky was 5 years.  Those were the last 5 years of the Tubby Smith era with Hobbs, Hanson, and Rigot (We are talking the modern world of assistants, not when Rupp only had 1 guy).  Antigua, Payne, and Robic will be entering their 5th season this year.

-Adolph Rupp only had 1 undefeated team, that team did not win the national title (1954)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

34 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK Oddities Part 2



  1. Meh
    9:00 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I like toitles



  2. Arithmetic
    9:01 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    If the 54 team lost the championship game then they were not undefeated.



  3. Really #2
    9:08 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    You dont know too much about UK history do you?

    Read close to the bottom.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953%E2%80%9354_Kentucky_Wildcats_men's_basketball_team



  4. Bart Edwards
    9:11 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    It’s eight FEWER games, son, not eight LESS games and this is not the first time someone has had to tell you this.
    Matt, for heaven’s sake, hire either an editor or people who can write to start with. This is painful.



  5. UKfan
    9:16 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    The ’54 team may have been one of, if not the best, in UK history. I encourage you to read about them if you are unfamiliar as to how they went undefeated and not win a championship.



  6. Teachable Mo'
    9:17 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    There was a 6’5″ guard from Minnesota during the Hall years. He arrived on campus and returned home before practice began. What his name might be is in an atrophied synapse somewhere.



  7. Tom Blevins
    9:20 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I always thought Pitino was successful at getting players at Kentucky because he got transfers from other schools to supplement the ones he recruited out of high school or junior college. Travis Ford, Derrick Anderson, and Heshimu Evans all were helpful to Kentucky’s success after coming here from other schools.



  8. UKfan
    9:21 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    As a follow up, the average winning margin was 27.2 points…before the 3 point shot. Many of the shots Ramsey and Hagan made would be considered 3 point shots by today’s standards.



  9. BGkid
    9:25 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I remember a man named Elston Turner from A&M who dropped 40 on us last year. There’s one more for the stats you put up.



  10. UKBlue1!
    9:27 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #2 UK did not participate in the NCAA tourney because 3 of their starters had graduated from college with the undergrad degree. They were ineligible to play in the NCAA. UK turned the bid down because coach Rupp did not want to play without his starters. Quirk in the NCAA rule during this time period. UK did not have a basketball season the year before and all of the players retained their senior eligibility but could not play in the NCAA due to graduating.



  11. UKfan
    9:33 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #9…David Robinson dropped 45 points against us in 1987. UK won the game 80-69. What’s your point.



  12. blueblooded
    9:35 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t David Robinson hang 50 on us when we played Navy in the late ’80’s?



  13. blueblooded
    9:38 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    You beat me to it #11. I knew we won, but I thought it was 50. Thanks!



  14. DT in DC
    9:47 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I was a UK student the same years at Jared. If he would have hit a portion of the layups he missed, he would have been well over 1000 points. He missed more bunnies than anyone in history!

    And I was with you, #11 and #13. I thought it was 50 for The Admiral, too. Might have been only 45, but I remember him playing one of the most awesome games I have ever seen. He was such a great dude to watch play. And, the brother of a friend of mine knew him at the Naval Academy and said he was just an all around great guy to be around.



  15. Wooster
    9:56 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    It must be maddening for Pricket to think about coming so close to the 1,000 point club since he missed more layups than anyone in program history.



  16. barn
    9:58 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    maybe you should check the record books and look up a guy who played for lsu they called the ‘pistol’.



  17. UKfan
    10:14 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #16…the “pistol” would have averaged 57 points per game if the 3 point line would have been implemented. That would have been an incredible 4731 points over a 3 year span….quite an accomplishment for the best ball handler of all time.



  18. yesterdays
    10:17 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Prickett spent his off-season doing 12 ounce curls. Guy was a regular at a couple of fraternity parties. He carved out more space around the kegs than he did around the rim. I can say for certain that he enjoyed his time at UK



  19. Rei
    10:27 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    there’s a reason why we’re the best in the nation at basketball



  20. jimmyWa11
    10:28 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    This will only be Payne’s 4th year. Came from Oregon in 2010 while Robic and Coach O have been here the entirety of Cal’s tenure.



  21. JackB
    10:51 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Basil Hayden lived to 100? Probably b/c he enjoyed the drink with his name.



  22. CatsfaninFL
    11:15 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I get all the way through the post and 3rd from last I read Basil Hayden… and now I will spend all day at work thinking of bourbon.



  23. jim
    11:18 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    If I remember right Jared missed two free throws at the end of the national championship game that would have given him his 1000 pts.



  24. bitter
    11:22 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hey look its Jared Prick. I left the “ett” off intentionally.



  25. Wow
    11:27 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nice write up, but I can read Jon Scott’s site whenever I like.



  26. scottuky99
    12:22 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #18..you are dead on, witnessed that as well, staple of monster SAE parties. Heshimu Evans is left handed, sat out 96-97, played 97-98.



  27. Don't Think So
    12:26 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Payne was not with Cal his first year. He has been at UK for only 4 years not 5. He came to UK when T Jones came to UK. He was the main reason why Jones came to UK.



  28. UKnowMe
    12:46 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I was at UK when Prickett was there. Our nickname for him was the GOAT and not for greatest of all time. It was because he would come in when UK was up by 30, dribble it off his knees and blow the point spread.



  29. Balanced Fan
    12:57 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Can we get a football list?



  30. Jefe
    12:57 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I believe James Lee also had 998



  31. DT in DC
    1:11 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #26 – Yes! I was to say that I thought he was either an SAE or at all their parties. Damn I miss college.



  32. _Blackhawk_
    1:16 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wait if we are like Kansas, UNC and Syracuse who all claim Helms National Titles the we won one in 1954…suck it BTI!



  33. CatBlue in LR
    3:01 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    What did Pitino have against southpaws?



  34. Bunny
    8:44 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Interesting factoids, BTI…