I am a 1955 graduate of UK and have attended, listened to or watched every men’s basketball radio or television broadcast that I could receive since 1948. I got interested when the Fabulous Five won the NCAA tournament and went on to the Olympics and joined up with the Phillips 66ers. When I enrolled in the fall of 1951 (see student card) it was only the second year of Memorial Coliseum and only one year past Alumni Gym. I was there on the street corner in front of Alumni Gym when the sign was changed to Avenue of Champions from Euclid. That had extra meaning then because Stoll field was there too and Bear Bryant was making football very important. I attended every home basketball game and cheered on the Wildcats even during the lost season of 1952-1953 when EVERY game was a Blue-White game. I couldn’t sleep for days after watching the Jan 1955 loss to Georgia Tech that ended our 127 home winning record. I still hate Whack Hyder.
After graduation I moved to Atlanta and had to try to get the games on AM radio from WHAS. They carried them whenever it didn’t conflict with a UL game. This was Caywood’s first years and the reception was awful and faded in and out. But , no matter. I just had to wait till it faded back in again.
I recently came across an article that summarized the 1948 team problems, including one item that matched last years conditions.
WE now live in northern Virginia and I’m looking forward to this BB season and will not miss a single TV broadcast. It is great that now all UK BB games are on TV. I have a VA license plate that reads UKY- BB .
Richard I. (Dick) Underwood