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Taking A Trip Down Memory Lane

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I will be the first to admit – I’m not the most well versed person on Kentucky basketball history.  It’s a goal I’m working on improving this summer, though, and Sports Illustrated has a good first step.  Over on their website they have put together an 18 picture slide show documenting moments throughout the Kentucky programs storied history.  It begins with the photo you see above, and goes all the way through the man we know as Jorts.  It’s a pretty cool look back, and it shows just how much there is behind the program we are all such huge fans of.

As I begin my journey into the Tomes of Kentucky history this summer, why don’t you tell me what you’d like to hear more about?  Or what your favorite Kentucky memory of old was.

In the meantime, go here and enjoy a trip down memory lane.

Article written by Will Lentz

25 Comments for Taking A Trip Down Memory Lane



  1. SeattleCat
    1:05 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I would really like to know more about the teams in the 60’s and 70’s. What I wouldn’t want to hear about is that Jack A$$ – Eddie Sutton!



  2. stevie
    1:06 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    first



  3. ky1der
    1:07 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    If you want a good lesson in UK basketball history, pick up a copy of “Big Blue Basketball” by Russell Rice. It follows UK basketball from its inception until the mid seventies. Another great read is “The Rupp Years” by Tev Laudeman. It breaks each of the seasons that Rupp coached at UK down, including highlighting each of the importnat games during those seasons.



  4. Petee thameltoe
    1:10 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Oklahoma is counting the 2005 vacated season on Bob Stoops record…..just another example.



  5. Petee thameltoe
    1:11 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Just check the official website and program



  6. blogmyass
    1:18 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Glad you are still looking at the cats pause for information to pass along..;P



  7. Nelson
    1:33 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Side note: I really like the uniform rondo’s wearing in the 15th pic…classic look



  8. bung
    1:37 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Will….Thanks!!!!



  9. bung
    1:46 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    3) you are right…”The Rupp Years” has 42 chapters. One on each season. The other book is “Big Blue Machine”.



  10. Emmert still sucks
    2:08 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    That is a great pic since most of the show Rupp in has last few years and never having any fun….but I get a kick out of the players….they look so much older than today’s players. Maybe it is because freshman couldn’t play then but these guys look like they could be in their mid 20’s.



  11. seanfromhtown
    2:09 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    few months late on this one chief



  12. Cals Cats
    2:16 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Where is Prince, Bogans and Hayes? All three deserve to be shown.



  13. Dragonophile
    2:25 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder what AR is laughing about? The need to give his players a swift kick to the butt every so often for motivational purposes….?



  14. minton
    2:41 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    We don’t hear enough about Jack “Goose” Givens. Remember when the Goose got loose?



  15. Zeus
    3:31 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    10. Many of the players from those teams (Groza, e.g.) were returning war vets, and thus were much older than the players today.



  16. hypocrisy
    4:17 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    ATTN BBN: ESPN Poll on todays headline NCAA BBall page. In SportsNation Poll lower left. Involves opinion of NCAA forcing UK to alter Cal’s win total. http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/



  17. Karolina Kat
    4:32 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Please point out to SI that the picture of “67-68 starting five with cheerleaders” is all cheerleaders, male and female. I don’t see Mike Casey, Dan Issel, Mike Pratt, etc.



  18. billy
    4:46 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I am a Kentucky fan from back in he 60’s and I do not believe that these two players could do very much scoring in the game today. They just are not physical as most players today.
    I have looked at some of the players in the 50’s and early 60’s and most of them are very skinny. Just thought I would comment on the picture.



  19. goodsam
    5:03 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Another great book you definitely should read is:

    “Adolph Rupp: As I Knew Him” by Harry Lancaster.



  20. mudcreekmark
    6:40 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    17) Thats the first thing that I said while looking at these pics. How could someone not know that those are not UK players? If that was our starting five we were in trouble!!



  21. OrvilleofMonkeysEyebrow
    7:05 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    .



  22. OrvilleofMonkeysEyebrow
    7:14 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    18) Alex Groza is one of those skinny kids…he was National Player of the year and all american twice. He was tough and would own most of todays players.



  23. JohnnyRed
    9:52 am June 18, 2011 Permalink

    I would like to know more about Adolph Rupp’s association with illigal gambling and the lifetime banishment by the NBA of several UK players for gambling activities.



  24. JohnnyRed
    9:53 am June 18, 2011 Permalink

    “illegal”. I hate typos.



  25. david nutt
    10:11 am June 18, 2011 Permalink

    This picture of Rupp is a dead ringer for “Crazy Billy Clyde.”