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From The Vault…

The best to ever do it, Kenny Mayne and Dan Patrick, recap the 1998 Kentucky vs. Duke NCAA Tournament game.

What a pleasant way to spend five minutes of your afternoon.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

29 Comments for From The Vault…

  1. CA UK FAN
    3:07 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for that…..That’s the way I want to remember Tubby.

  2. Bulldawg
    3:08 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve got an autograph pic of Mills hitting the “shot” to swing the game! One of my greatest memories as a UK fan. GBB!!!!!

  3. Bulldawg
    3:09 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Shep and Mills signed it

  4. MNCAT
    3:16 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    That was sweet, but those highlights don’t even begin to capture the drama of that game. You couldn’t tell from the highlights that we were getting absolutely destroyed and wer down by 17 points with about 9 minutes to go. That part of the story doesn’t come out until Patrick’s wrap up at the end of the segment.

  5. bti sucks
    3:24 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Man I miss SportsCenter from back then. These guys were funny back then.

    Also, go big Blue! What is he doing to Wojo?

  6. Big Blue Streeb
    3:30 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    What a great team. Love the Comeback Cats!! Where did it all go wrong Tubby??

  7. Cornfucious
    3:32 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for the vault offering. Watched half the 2nd half at a Standiford field bar; missed the last ten minutes sitting on a Delta jet on the tarmac but was getting texts in re the game action from friends. Huge win; wish I’d gotten to see it as it happened. Also missed the Laetner stomp in 1992 due to work; I receieved a ton of calls in re the game that night.

  8. anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    3:38 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    I wish sportscenter would do a week long of throwback 90’s sportscenter stuff. It would be awesome.

  9. Blood Bowl
    3:41 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    The thing that the highlights don’t show either is, from what I remember, during the comeback in the game Coach K exhausted all his timeouts early in the 2nd half and Tubby refused to call any timeouts during the run to maintain the momentum.

  10. Nassau65
    3:52 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    7. I guess i didn’t realize they even had text messaging then. I need to get out more.

  11. Slim Pickens
    3:52 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Patrick: “Tubby Smith going to his first Final Four.”

    Who knew it would be his last.

  12. Beaverlip
    4:07 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Richard Pryor’s finest season as UK’s Coach!

  13. Former Coach Enes
    4:11 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    #7. – I didn’t realize the Zack Morris style cell phone had texting capabilites. 🙂

  14. duckeastwood
    4:14 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    (10) i agree and (7) how much was a text message in 1998, like, 8 bucks???

  15. wd
    4:27 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Patrick sounds so sad about Ky winning. He is easily the most vanilla anchor in the history of ESPN. Mayne is a braindead hippie who actually thinks he’s funny at times. No, actually I can think of many people who would be better than these two.

  16. I'm Just Sayin
    4:42 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink


  17. Reality
    5:57 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    4 – agreed! They glossed over the HUGE comeback in the second half. From down 10 at half to down 3 with 5 minutes to play … I was like, “Uhh, we were down 17 with 12 minutes to go, is that not worth reporting? Ha.” I completely forgot Duke went on a 17-0 run in the first half to build that lead. Game is a total blur other than Mills’ and Padgett’s threes, plus Avery’s miss — which, at the time, I was certain he was going to make.

  18. NBA league pass
    5:58 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    It doesn’t get much better than that. It was a great time to be a student at UK.

  19. NBA league pass
    5:59 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    17) I think I had a small heart attack when Avery shot that last one. Seriously.

  20. TonyD
    6:05 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Turner ate Wojo’s lunch !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. UKpharmer2
    6:54 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    If he hit that last shot I probably wouldn’t be living today.

  22. Charles
    8:00 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    TUB BY !!!!…..I love that sound

  23. 7aintenough
    10:36 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing makes your day like this

  24. theduke
    11:02 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    7. I don’t believe for one second you were setting on a place texting friends in 1998.

  25. jr braddy
    1:04 am May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Those guys on press row behind the bench were getting pumped.
    Ditto on the texting.Maybe a telegraph.

  26. Do not assume
    1:54 am May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Actually the first person to person text(SMS) message was sent in 1993 in Finland, and by 1997 it was the preferred form of communication for young people. Excellent job of assuming that #7 was lying without any evidence whatsoever to back up your accusation.

  27. hell house
    8:18 am May 27, 2011 Permalink

    is it me or does patrick and mayne almost sound sad that kentucky won
    espn was on dukes nuts even then

  28. Blueneck
    8:45 am May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Just awesome. Doesn’t do the game justice though. As #9 stated, in UK’s big run, Coach K had already used up all his timeouts and there was a super long stretch of no dead balls/fouls etc and thus no chance for him to substitute. Of course Smith wisely was not gonna help him by using one of his.

  29. MammaKin
    9:23 am May 27, 2011 Permalink