Tonight will be Jerry Stackhouse’s first game vs. Kentucky as Vanderbilt’s head coach, but he’s already got a losing record in Rupp Arena.
The former North Carolina star’s final win as a Tar Heel came against the Cats in the 1995 Elite Eight, but Stackhouse also participated in the Alumni Game between the two programs at Rupp in 2015. Kentucky’s all-star squad of DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Terrence Jones, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, the Harrison Twins and others beat Stackhouse, Harrison Barnes, Shammond Williams, James Michael McAdoo and other North Carolina alums 122-115 that day, helping raise over $1.1 million for charity.
At the time, Stackhouse had been retired from the NBA for two years and was just getting started with his coaching career as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors. He scored four points (1-6 FG, 0-4 3-PT, 2-2 FT), pulled down two rebounds, and dished out five assists in 24 minutes of play. Some shots of him in action from the always reliable Dr. Mike:
While we’re going down memory lane, remember that time John Wall dunked on Stackhouse right before coming to Lexington for his freshman season?
That was cool. Here’s hoping Stackhouse’s record in Rupp moves to 0-2 tonight.