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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your Friday Freaky Facts

I used this point in 2011 after hunting through Jon Scott’s website and found some of the odder facts concerning UK basketball.  I’ve updated some of them after 2 more basketball seasons have passed and put them up here as a nice way to wrapup the week before we hit football head on next week.  If you know any other odd factoids, feel free to post them and I can add them to the post.  Or tweet me @BryantheIntern.  

Some of the weirder, goofier, hidden, and interesting stats you may not know. 

-Bobby Perry scored more points in his UK career than Forest Sale, Phil Grawemeyer, Cliff Barker, Gayle Rose, Layton Rouse, and Basil Hayden.  Those 6 players all have retired jerseys.

-4 of Kentucky’s Top 9 all-time scorers only played 3 seasons at the school: Issel, Mashburn, Grevey, and Nash.

-Issel, Mashburn, and Kenny Walker have 6 of the 9 highest scoring seasons in UK history.

-Kentucky is 14-0 in games played in the city of Memphis but has never played the University of Memphis in that city.  They have played Ole Miss 6 times in that city though.

-UK has played games over its history in 9 Kentucky cities.  But it has never played a game in Richmond (EKU), Murray (Murray State), or Morehead (Morehead State).  It has played 4 games in Williamsburg and 20 games in Danville.  It has played 1 game in Bowling Green, an NCAA Tournament game in 1980.

-Kentucky has never played a game in the state of Oklahoma and only had 2 players all-time from that state, Daniel Orton and Kelenna Azubuike.

-There are 16 states that Kentucky has never had a player from.

-If Rod Rhodes had played in 1996, and scored his career scoring average that season (12.2 ppg), he would have finished as the school’s 11th all-time leading scorer.

-Tubby Smith never won less than 22 games in his 10 seasons.  Rupp won less than 22 games 6 times since 1960.  Hall did it 5 times in 13 years.  Sutton did it 2 times in 4 years.  Pitino did it 1 time in 8 years.  Gillispie did it 2 times in 2 seasons.  Calipari has done it 1 time in 4 seasons.

-Only 2 former Kentucky players have won multiple NBA titles: Lou Tsioropoulos and Frank Ramsey

-In the classic 1996 Final Four matchup between UK and UMASS, it was actually UMASS who came in as the #1 ranked team in the AP poll.

-Vanderbilt has beaten Kentucky 4 times when UK was ranked #1.

-Despite the NIT being the elite basketball tournament in the 1940′s and 1950′s, Kentucky only won that title 1 time, in 1946.  They won 4 NCAA titles in that same 20-year span.

-Joe B. Hall played at Kentucky for 1 season.  He played in 3 games and never scored a point.

-Saul Smith had a 1.59 assist to turnover ratio at Kentucky.  That is actually better than Cliff Hawkins, Ed Davender, and Ramel Bradley.

-Before scoring 41 points in the NCAA title game in 1978, Jack Givens had scored over 30 points ONCE in his other 122 UK games.

-Kentucky has had 3 head coaches who graduated from the University of Illinois: George Buckheit (44 wins), Clarence Applegran (13 wins), and John Mauer (40 wins).  UK has had 3 head coaches who graduated from the University of Kentucky, and Joe B. Hall attended and then transferred.

-The UK head coach who had the worst winning percentage: Basil Hayden, who had a 18.7% win percentage at Kentucky.  He also has his jersey retired.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

28 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your Friday Freaky Facts



  1. They Feet
    9:01 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    First.



  2. Rockfield, KY
    9:08 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Good post



  3. Unpopular Opinion
    9:13 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I have always said Saul was not as bad as people remember. He was unfairly judged by the “Daddy’s Boy” prejudice. We’ve rarely had a player who played harder or did more with less pure talent.



  4. Bryan the Intern's *$&%
    9:14 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    – Bryan the Intern can come up with some stats, regardless of how unwanted or contextualised they are! Way to go champ! DOES CALIPARI POOP ICECREAM OR WHAT???? We want the inside SCOOP!



  5. Good Bourbon
    9:17 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Well Basil Hayden is s good bourbon…



  6. NO MATT JONES
    9:18 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Joe B Hall graduated from Kentucky in 1955. There is a giant plaque with his picture on it on campus. He transferred to Sewanee, but re-enrolled at UK after his basketball eligibility was up.



  7. Huh?
    9:23 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    How about 10 loss seasons? where is tht state on that?



  8. JoeMoney333
    9:25 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    So what I got out of this is that Bobby Perry needs his jersey retired!



  9. Lee Todd
    9:26 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Rupp played a lot less games in his day. Not having 20 wins wasn’t the same thing.



  10. wkcatsfan
    9:29 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Most interesting UK fact: Shagari Alleyne holds the school record for most “upper deckers”.



  11. asdf
    9:31 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Basil Hayden’s jersey is not retired because of his coaching performance at UK (as he himself was once quoted as humorously saying), but because he was our very first All-American.



  12. Dr. Wildcat
    9:34 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Sigh… The NIT was NOT the elite tournament of the 1940’s (at best it was equal to the NCAA tournament), and certainly NOT in the 1950’s. You sound like a UofL fan…



  13. Tim
    9:38 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    #9 – ding ding ding, we have a winner



  14. Go Kaats
    9:46 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Football starts this weekend. Nice stats about basketball. Rally appreciate the timing.



  15. bbr
    9:54 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Stats, when provided with no context are useless numbers

    “Football starts this weekend. Nice stats about basketball. Rally appreciate the timing.”
    Basketball is more important and far more popular at UK. I’ll take a discussion on UK Basketball anytime over one on UK Football. Football is fun and all and I will skim over and sometimes even read the articles on it, but UK basketball is king. I can talk about that everyday of the year.



  16. Basil
    9:55 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Hayden’s jersey should come down from the rafters. He averaged like 6 ppg and was the worst coach in program history. . . by a long shot. And by all accounts he was a miserable and mean spirited SOB in his day.



  17. Sarah
    9:55 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Why have we heard the news from KSR about Terrance Jones being arrested yesterday in Portland for assulting a homeless man?



  18. Come Play WR for Da Joker
    9:56 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Creepy boy doll in pick eerily looks like Matt Jones. BTW is that a Howdy Doody Doll?



  19. Elkattio
    10:05 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    #15… I am the exact opposite of you. I will talk about football all year long and read the articles but just skim over anything pertaining to basketball unless it has to do with Mashburn or Tayshaun.



  20. Jeff
    10:06 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Forest Sale was National Player of the Year for the 1933 National Champion Kentucky Wildcats. Basil Hayden was Kentucky’s first All-American on the 1921 Southern Champions team. Cliff Barker was a member of the Fabulous Five. Bobby Perry doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with those men.



  21. Lunchbox
    10:15 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Bobby Perry was the worst thing ever to walk through the doors at Rupp Arena and never deserved to put on a UK Jersey, no way it shoudl ever be considered to be retired either……………..straight BUM



  22. Are you kidding me
    10:25 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    # 15, maybe you and Bryan should get together for a cup of hot tea and some Quiche and talk UK basketball on August 31st at 7 pm.



  23. Charles
    11:00 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Funny how tubby smith is praised for his twenty win seasons without one mention of his incredible list of abject failures!



  24. bbr
    11:10 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    “#15… I am the exact opposite of you. I will talk about football all year long and read the articles but just skim over anything pertaining to basketball unless it has to do with Mashburn or Tayshaun.”
    You are a minority in Kentucky
    “# 15, maybe you and Bryan should get together for a cup of hot tea and some Quiche and talk UK basketball on August 31st at 7 pm.”
    Not sure I see any relevance in your reference to hot tea and quiche
    The football success at UK and the basketball success at UK are not remotely comparable, and likely never will be
    Football, a sport where the players have to take a break between every play and over half the team never moves more than 5 yards at any time.



  25. dylan
    12:24 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    #15 you’re not a real fan. eat a d!ck and die



  26. ZachMiles2
    12:46 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Main take from this article: Tubby needs his name in the rafters.



  27. KD
    1:58 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    “Basil Hayden” speaks for himself



  28. Blue to the Bone
    6:18 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Saul Smith’s good assist to turnover ratio is due to him not ever DOING ANNYTHING with the basketball. Anyone can spend ridiculous amounts of wasted-time dribbling the basketball going nowhere and only passing to a teammate right next to him on the perimeter. Mama’s boy would have struggled to start at EKU but fortunately for him he had a Mommy and Daddy to hand him the keys to the most storied basketball program of all-time!