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The Best Single Game Performances In Wildcat History

Throughout the long and storied history of the Big Blue Nation there have been countless games that can only be described as unforgettable. Those games where one guy took over and just willed the team to victory or just ensured the other team would never have a chance. Earlier this week Bobby Reagan of the Bleacher Report ranked his picks top 5 best single game performances in Wildcat History. Time to take a look at his choices in this week’s breakdown.

5. Sky Walker Goes Perfect From The Field

Why It Made The List:

Walker poured in 32 points by going 11-of-11 from the field. The title may be a little misleading as Walker did miss from the free-throw line, but not many times. He went 10-of-13 from the charity stripe during Kentucky’s 71-64 win.

It has yet to be reciprocated by another Wildcat and adds to the lore of Kenny ‘Sky’ Walker at Kentucky.

Why It Shouldn’t Have:

A player going a perfect 11-11 from the field is an impressive feat but this game did come in the round of 32 against an undermatched team from WKU. UK was the number one seed in the southeastern region that year and Kenny Walker was a seasoned vet.

Another Choice: He’s Not a Prince He’s a King

One of the greatest shooting performances in Rupp history came in 2001 when Tayshaun drilled five consecutive 3-pointers in the opening two minutes. Prince would finish with 31 points after going 7-11 from beyond the arc in the blowout against UNC. That opening salvo was as good as it gets and sent Rupp into a fever pitch. That fifth three is still as unbelievable now as it was then.

4. Nerlens Says No, No, No, Not Today

Why it made the list:

Noel set a school record by swatting away 12 blocks on Jan. 30, 2013 against No. 16 Ole Miss. The star freshman proved a game can be great despite being limited on the offensive side of the floor […] he recorded five of his 12 blocks after picking up his fourth foul.

Why it Shouldn’t Have:

This game was big in a number of ways as UK needed the win to move off the bubble and Ole Miss had made a furious rally with Noel on the bench. Noel put on a blocking clinic that proves why he will be worthy of the number one pick later this month. However the game just wasn’t big enough to make this list if you want to go with a defensive choice then you have to look at one guy.

Other Choice: Your MVP has Six Points

When Anthony Davis was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four it was for good reason. He dominated the National Championship without getting involved offensively. 16 boards, 6 blocks, 5 assists, 3 steals. That’s how you have a great performance when you’re struggling on the offensive end. A great performance in a great game. One of Davis’ many.


The top three Picks Raegan went with are hard to argue.

3. Dan Issel’s 53 at Ole Miss

2. Meeks’s 54 at UT

1. The Goose Gets Loose

Those three games would be in just about anyone’s top five with only the order switched around a bit. So the only question that remains is what games do you think should be included?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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33 Comments for The Best Single Game Performances In Wildcat History

  1. Woo
    2:43 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Three points one rebound four turnovers

  2. Rick
    2:44 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Lots and lots and lots of choices. Didn’t Tony Delk have a record breaking game?. Dwight Anderson (The BLUR),s second half against Notre Dame. Many, many choices! Issel had Several 40+ point games. Kyle Macy, Dwight Anderson, Louie Dampier…..

  3. Huh?
    2:46 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure you meant replicate….reciprocate means to return a favor.

  4. lonnieb
    2:49 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Prince vs UNC at Rupp when he hit 5 straight 3’s with last one from the court emblem

    The other is not really an overall game…but my best memory in the last 10 years was wall coming out and going nuts against UNC (I knew we were back)… just lifted this concern that had been there the last 4/5years and I knew things were about to change for the duration of coach cals tenure at UK. He single handedly changed UK and made it the place to go for elite players in about 2 months time with dancing at madness and unc and uconn games

  5. bung
    2:49 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Hatton and Cox combining for 54 against Elgin Baylor and Seattle for the Title…

  6. Steady
    3:05 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Loved the “Sky” Walker.

  7. cats fan
    3:09 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    What about John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Eric Bledsoe’s performances in the 2010 final four?
    Oh wait

  8. Hilbert
    3:10 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Mel Turpins 42 points against Tennessee. Twice. 1983 and 1984. The Dipper was smooth.

  9. twnky
    3:13 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    2… I think that your thinking of the championship game vs Syracuse. He had 7 threes I think it was.

  10. Tayshaun
    3:16 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    I understand it wasn’t a full game, but the 5 threes in a row I hit to start the UNC game is a pretty good honorable mention I would think.

  11. Mark LIptak
    3:21 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Dan Issel vs. Pete Maravich in an epic game from I think 1970, Issel had something like 51 points and Maravich 67 in UK’s win.

    Mark Liptak

  12. Blue Mikey
    3:31 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    I think a significant game takeover by a Cat was when Tashaun Prince hit 6 threes against North Carolina. The sixth shot almost from half court. A phenomenal performance!

  13. Stan
    3:34 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    What about King Rex vs the ville?

  14. Indaknow
    3:46 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    No question it’s Goose Givens. It was in the final four and against Duke to beat all. Best mid range jumper EVA!!!

  15. Uk guy
    4:06 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    What about Jodie Meeks 54 point game against tenn the record stood for decades before he broke it

  16. Matt from Hodgenville
    4:18 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Goose’s 41 in a title game vs Duke is hard to argue against, but Meeks putting up 54 in Tennessee’s building will always be my favorite.

  17. Jay Jordan
    4:23 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    : UK over an undefeated IU in Regional Final. Iconic photo of Mike Flynn with the net in his hand!

  18. Ridge Runner
    4:33 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    11, I agree.

    Nothing can touch Issel with 51 pts because he also grabbed 17 boards vs LSU.

  19. Ridge Runner
    4:34 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    4, I hear ya about what memory returned us back to “elite”.

    John Wall vs UNC was the answer. We had returned.

  20. Ridge Runner
    4:41 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Also… I’m a bit surprised Chris Mills triple double didn’t make the list too. Only one we have ever had.

    1988 – Chris Mills had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

    But again Big Dan with 51 & 17…is my favorite for an individual game.

  21. Aaron
    4:46 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Prince vs UNC from my memory was what I wanted to say before reading the comments in here but ridge runner changed my mind and you may need to mention Issel and Mills to the bleacher report. Good job.

  22. Kevin
    4:50 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    20) nice.

  23. Gotta say it
    4:58 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    The game where Jorts had to sit in the toilet.

  24. Bluesuedeshoes34
    5:19 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Jodie Meeks 54 or Tayshaun against North Carolina at Rupp! Infuego!

  25. Eddie bedded
    5:20 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Tayshaun’s 41 against Tulsa in the tournament was a bigger, more important performance than his barrage against UNC. But, that was the original Team Turmoil and that team performed below expectations.

  26. blueblooded
    5:32 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    The most dominate performance I’ve ever seen was when Chuck Hayes totally took over the game at Ole Miss (or possibly Miss. St.) his senior season. His numbers probably weren’t anything fancy, but I’ve never seen a single player will his team victory the way he did in that game. There was a long stretch in the second half where he got almost every defensive AND offensive rebound & totally shut down the other team from scoring. It was very similar to what Nerlens did, but he did it with defense & rebounding too.

  27. Goose
    5:36 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Why doesn’t my championship performance get more love in discussions of the great all-time NCAA performances? Hard to beat what I did.

  28. NostraDanis
    5:51 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink


  29. Oskar Blues
    5:52 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    “The Goose was Golden”, SI Headline, against Duke in 1978…when it mattered most.

    Scoring 53 and 54 points in an SEC ‘regular’ game is awesome.

    But, the bottom line is indisputable: 41 pts, in an NCAA championship game, against Duke, is enough said – and case closed.

  30. Mr. Rational
    6:13 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    What about the 1996 NCAA Championship game. Tony Delk hits 7 3’s (ties an NCAA record). I mean what Kentucky doesn’t remember the 3 from the corner when he got fouled. That game and that offense performance from Tony will always be one of the best for me.

    Ends a 20 year Championship drought
    7 3’s in a Championship game.
    MVP of the final four
    Leading scorer for UK in both final four games

    Tony is a true legend in my book.

  31. BigDad
    9:08 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’m almost positive that Rodney Dent had a game where he was perfect from the field, too.

  32. C'on man
    9:40 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry the Goose went lose is by far #1. Delk is #2. The rest are individual performance. Those 2 counted the most in both cases we lose a NC with out them!

  33. George Spalding
    12:21 am June 9, 2013 Permalink

    All of these are great, but Cliff Hagan’s 51 against Temple in 1953 warn’t too shabby, either.