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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 20 Odd Facts You May Not Have Known

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1. The UK head coach who had the worst winning percentage: Basil Hayden, who had a 18.7% win percentage at Kentucky.  He also has his jersey retired.

2. 6 times an opposing player has scored 50 or more points against UK and all 6 were either Pete Maravich or Austin Carr.

3. Brandon Knight scored more points in his 1 UK season than Forest Sale, Phil Grawemeyer, Cliff Barker, Gayle Rose, Layton Rouse, and Basil Hayden did in their careers.  Those 6 players all have retired jerseys.

4. Kentucky is 15-1 in games played in the city of Memphis but has never played the University of Memphis in that city.  They have played Ole Miss 6 times in that city though.

5. Before scoring 41 points in the NCAA title game in 1978, Jack Givens had scored over 30 points ONCE in his other 122 UK games.

6. It took Dan Issel 8 fewer games to score 94 more points than Jodie Meeks on the single season scoring list

7. Adolph Rupp only had 1 undefeated team and that team did not win the national title (1954).

8. 15 times a UK player has been chosen as SEC Tournament MVP.  Only Travis Ford was selected twice.

9. Despite his recruiting reputation, Rick Pitino did not have a single McDonald’s All-American in 5 of his 8 classes.

10. UK has played games over its history in 9 Kentucky cities.  But it has never played a game in Richmond (EKU), Murray (Murray State), or Morehead (Morehead State) and only 1 time in Bowling Green (WKU).

11. Joe B. Hall played at Kentucky for 1 season.  He played in 3 games and never scored a point.

12. 11 of the 20 NBA titles Kentucky alums have won came with the Boston Celtics.

13. Half of Kentucky’s Top 20 all-time scorers only played 3 years at the school.

14. Saul Smith had a 1.59 assist to turnover ratio at Kentucky.  That is actually a better ratio than Cliff Hawkins, Ed Davender, and Ramel Bradley.

15. Kentucky has had 3 head coaches who graduated from the University of Illinois: George Buckheit (44 wins), Clarence Applegran (13 wins), and John Mauer (40 wins).  UK has had only 4 head coaches who graduated from the University of Kentucky.

16. The player who came closest to breaking the 1,000 point barrier but didn’t was Jared Prickett, with 998 points.  James Lee finished with 996 points.

17. If Rod Rhodes had played in 1996, and scored his career scoring average that season (12.2 ppg), he would have finished as the school’s 11th all-time leading scorer.

18. Despite the NIT being the elite basketball tournament in the 1940′s and 1950′s, Kentucky only won that title 1 time, in 1946.  They won 4 NCAA titles in that same 20-year span.

19. There are 16 states that Kentucky has never had a player from.  They are Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Carolina, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and……….Hawaii.

20. Only 2 former Kentucky players have won multiple NBA titles: Lou Tsioropoulos and Frank Ramsey

Article written by Bryan the Intern

18 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 20 Odd Facts You May Not Have Known



  1. Sentient Third Eye
    8:24 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

    As a point of clarification, Basil Hayden had his jersey retired as a player (he was the school’s first All-American), not as a coach. As coach, he had the last losing season until Sutton’s final year.



    • JoChan
      9:48 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

      As #3 pointed out, Brandon Knight score more in one year than Hayden did in a career though. Lot of jerseys retired that probably shouldn’t be, and a few that imo should be.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:48 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

      Remember that Hayden played in an era where entire seasons were 12 games long, and teams averaged scoring from the high teens to low twenties per game. In that environment, he averaged nearly a dozen points. That’s dominant.



  2. ORANGE MAN
    8:51 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

    Didn’t David Robinson score 50 when he went against Rob Lock? It seems like he did. And Rob scored something like 29 himself.



  3. ORANGE MAN
    9:00 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

    Sorry, BTI. I was wrong. Robinson had 45 points. And I think I was remembering a different Rob Lock performance. He only scored 12 against The Admiral. Robinson also had 14 rebounds and 10 blocks. But we still beat them.



    • ClutchCargo
      11:11 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

      I was at that game. Robinson was literally the only real player they had. The rest of the team looked like an intramural squad.



  4. RackEmWillie
    9:14 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

    About #10: What are those 9 cities? Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green. If it’s not Morehead, Murray, or Richmond, I have no clue what those other 6 could even possibly be.



    • JoChan
      9:46 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

      I was curious about that as well, Rackem



  5. uk8888
    9:51 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

    The cities are…Ashland, Danville, Georgetown, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah, Williamsburg, Winchester.



  6. runningunnin.454
    10:08 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

    Maravich never could beat us; Rupp said let him get his 50, and stop the others, but Austin Carr whipped us in the NCAA tourney.



    • CatBlue in LR
      10:28 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t believe that’s correct. UK won that game.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:48 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

      You are probably right; they may have beat us in a regular season game.



  7. CatBlue in LR
    10:29 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

    BTI… the king of research. Good stuff.



  8. sardiscat
    11:49 am May 16, 2017 Permalink

    Rupp’s undefeated team won the Helms Foundation national championship, which was the national championship before the NIT and NCAA tournaments came into existence. He also won the Helms Foundation championship in 1933 before there was an NIT or NCAA. UK no longer seems to consider those national championships, but North Carolina counts its Helms Foundation championship as one of theirs.



  9. billipsimo
    3:50 pm May 16, 2017 Permalink

    #16 – Had Prickett finished strong at the rim rather than always trying to flip it in, he would’ve scored 1,250 points. SMH