Some of my greatest childhood memories are going to the SEC tournament every March. I got to spend time with my family during these trips and I also saw a lot of great games. One of the greatest games I’ve ever attended was the UK-Arkansas SEC Tournament Final in the Georgia Dome in 1995.
I remember sitting about 10 rows up in the endzone. They were the best seats I’d ever had at a game and I was excited. Much to my dismay, Kentucky fell down 19 points in the first half to the Razorbacks. “Pig Souie” echoed throughout the massive building and Nolan Richardson’s strutted up and down the sidelines in his snakeskin boots. Slowly the tides turned, however, and the Cats stormed back in the second half. Rodrick Rhodes found himself at the line with a chance to give Kentucky the win. He missed and the game went into overtime. In overtime the Cats quickly found themselves down 7 points and a victory looked highly unlikely. But just like in regulation they fought back and cut the deficit to three. That’s where this video picks up. Some highlights to look for:
*The skinniness of Antoine Walker.
*The volume of the crowd.
*The UK uniforms.
*Corliss Williamson making himself at home on the sidelines.
*One of my favorite UK players ever, Anthony Epps, coming up clutch in a huge situation.
*Young Rick Pitino.
*Even younger Dave “Buzz” Baker.
I hope everyone has a safe and snow filled weekend. I’m looking forward to welcoming you all to Nashville in approximately 12 days. Go Cats.