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LOOK: Jemarl Baker wears Arizona 1997 National Championship t-shirt

So much for “family,” right?

Former Kentucky Wildcat Jemarl Baker has been spotted wearing a t-shirt depicting the final score of the 1997 National Championship game when Arizona beat Kentucky. Arizona won the title by a final score of 84-79 in overtime to claim the program’s first championship.

Take a look at the shirt here:

The picture was originally posted by Mike Christy (@Wildcatphotog on Instagram), who serves as the Arizona Wildcats’ photography coordinator, according to his Instagram bio. The official Arizona basketball Twitter account also posted the pictures.

Baker decided to transfer from Kentucky last season after averaging 2.3 points in nine minutes per game for the Wildcats. He received a waiver to play immediately for Arizona this season, where he’s averaging in 6.7 points in 19 minutes per outing.

Thoughts?

Article written by Maggie Davis

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35 Comments for LOOK: Jemarl Baker wears Arizona 1997 National Championship t-shirt



  1. Newtype
    10:29 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    I mean it is their only one. Ever.



    • runningunnin.454
      9:08 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, they have only two title game appearances, and only 4 FF’s. I guess they should have a t-shirt.



  2. JASUN74
    10:31 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    It’s only a shirt Sweetie pie! Lol. He does play for Arizona now and he should be sporting their stuff. He’s a great kid that gave a lot to be here at Kentucky, all this is going to do is make a bunch of idiots dislike him and he doesn’t deserve it!! No need for this at all!



    • Newtype
      10:37 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      No need for condescending, sexist nicknames either guy.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      10:49 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      So did you intentionally call her “guy”? Or is that your own sexist subconscious coming out?



    • Alex90
      6:56 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      If Cal played him vs Auburn he would still be here: I’ll never understand that decision



    • Newtype
      9:16 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Dafuq you talking about blood guy? Smh



    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      10:56 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      Claims he’s worried about idiots. Acts like one in same post.



    • CahillsCrossingNT
      5:52 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Why is he even being mentioned? He chose to leave. And yes Arizona’s championship is a little hollow since Anderson didn’t play.



  3. BeejeCat
    10:31 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Guess he couldn’t find one from 96 or 98? Or 2012? Those 97s are tough to come across…



  4. Catfan4life-original
    10:33 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully he can wear it when they play for this year’s NIT Championship.



  5. Wade
    10:35 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Who’s that



  6. ukkatzfan
    10:35 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    One of 2 things. Hoping it is the coolness of having played for both teams. If it’s the other one, it’s not good.



  7. Bluehender
    10:35 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Treasonous….just kidding. He plays for them now. Would be a bad look for him if he had a ’96 or’98 UK shirt on



  8. Bluebloodtoo
    10:50 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    He’s just a kid playing basketball. You can read into it or not, either way it’s not really any of our business, right?



  9. FatDaddyCat
    10:51 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Good look for him. He can wear that same shirt on the plane ride home after they lose in the second round to Pepperdine or Buffalo or South Dakota State, whoever it’s gonna be this year.



  10. Rob
    12:32 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    I didn’t know he was part of that ’97 Arizona team! How many waivers has he gotten?



  11. ClutchCargo
    12:57 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Non-story. He plays for Arizona now, and that just happens to be when they won it all. If Pitino plays Derek Anderson in that game, that shirt doesn’t exist.



    • Bluehender
      6:46 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly…



  12. dcforuk
    12:58 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    I was at that game. If ifs and buts were candies and nuts we could have had a national championship party. If one of our starters that game (no names necessary) made just one free throw there in theory would not have been a need for OT.



    • dcforuk
      1:02 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      I just looked up the boxscore again. We were 9/17 FTs as a team that game. They were 34/41. Ouch!



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:21 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah the refs called a small breeze a Kentucky foul in that game.



    • 4everUKBlue
      9:47 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      AZ didn’t score a FG in the last 2 minutes of regulation or in OT, they were given the game at the free throw line.



  13. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:33 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Once you transfer, you are no longer “family”



    • ColoradoCatFan88
      11:12 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed. This guy was injured for a full year, then disappointing the next. Who cares?



  14. Urincatland
    3:58 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Had Derrick Anderson not gotten hurt, no way in hell they would have beaten Kentucky.



  15. Wilfred Smith
    7:21 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    If Baker played D, he’d still be here.



    • 4everUKBlue
      7:52 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      If Baker had earned more playing time he would’ve gotten more playing time.



  16. Lewis
    8:57 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Wish him well. He gave up being forever revered as a Kentucky Basketball player. As long as I don’t hear him saying negative things about our program, I have no issues with him. I’m sure one of his buddies gave him the shirt. And yes, we would have won if Pitino had only played Derek Anderson. Doctors cleared him to play and Pitino had to try and look like he was looking out for Anderson’s best interest when maybe he was just trying to prove that his awesome coaching could win without one of our stars.



  17. catsby.5
    9:27 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    He was a three point shooter that couldn’t make a three point shot. If you’re a specialist who isn’t good at your specialty you don’t deserve playing time. Don’t really care about the shirt, but definitely not shedding any tears about his departure. He’s averaging a whopping 6 points in 19 minutes for an Arizona team that has vastly underachieved all year, who cares if he’s sporting a shirt from their one memorable season that should come with an asterisk.



  18. thenamerobdigity
    9:28 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    What did he give to Kentucky? Crappy basketball? Dude couldn’t hack it in Kentucky. He can move on a be a pile of trash somewhere else. I hope he sucks, just like Jarren Williams.



  19. StuckinLville
    10:34 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Wasn’t Miles Simon technically ineligible? And…who cares? Isn’t that their only title? And if Baker was good enough he’d still be at UK. He knew the guys coming in would be playing over him so he left with his tail tucked between his legs, just like Quade and Kahlil. I don’t even see how he was eligible to play right away considering playing time is why he left…same for Quade.



  20. BobbyBlue
    1:02 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Yes— it was widely reported that Simon was ineligible —just another example of the Ky bias by the NCAA.
    I have never seen any justification of how Baker was not required to sit out a year.
    Was it a reward given by “The Fightn Emmerts” to Miller a proven but still unpunished cheater, as shown on tapes generated during the FBI
    sting ?



  21. grammarpoliceUK
    7:20 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe they gave all their money to the other players before he arrived and all they had left was that shirt? Just sayin’…..



  22. notFromhere
    1:08 pm February 14, 2020 Permalink

    We’ll never know what really happens at NCAA HQ until someone that isn’t corrupt is the president of the NCAA. If they’re as clever as they are corrupt, they will have deleted, shredded, and burned more documents than slack willie and his leash holder. NCAA needs to be dismantled and rebuilt some summer to come