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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Some Friday Fun Facts You May Not Know……

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Some of the weirder, goofier, hidden, and interesting stats you may not know for some Friday enjoyment:

-Bobby Perry scored more points in his UK career than Forest Sale, Phil Grawemeyer, Cliff Barker, Gayle Rose, Layton Rouse, and Basil Hayden.  Those 6 players all have retired jerseys.

-4 of Kentucky’s Top 9 all-time scorers only played 3 seasons at the school: Issel, Mashburn, Grevey, and Nash.

-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.

-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).  It has played 4 games in Williamsburg and 20 games in Danville.  It has played 1 game in Bowling Green, an NCAA Tournament game in 1980.

-Kentucky has never played a game in the state of Oklahoma and only had 2 players all-time from that state, Daniel Orton and Kelenna Azubuike.

-There are 16 states that Kentucky has never had a player from.

-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.

-Tubby Smith never won less than 22 games in his 10 seasons.  Rupp won less than 22 games 6 times since 1960.  Hall did it 5 times in 13 years.  Sutton did it 2 times in 4 years.  Pitino did it 1 time in 8 years.  Gillispie did it 2 times in 2 seasons..

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

-In the classic 1996 Final Four matchup between UK and UMASS, it was actually UMASS who came in as the #1 ranked team in the AP poll.

-Vanderbilt has beaten Kentucky 4 times when UK was ranked #1.

-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.

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

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

-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.

-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 3 head coaches who graduated from the University of Kentucky, and Joe B. Hall attended and then transferred.

-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.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

14 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Some Friday Fun Facts You May Not Know……



  1. Sentient Third Eye
    11:13 am April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Just to clarify something (because the article doesn’t really make it clear), Hayden has his jersey retired as a player because he was UK’s very first All-American. He was pretty much a disaster as coach here, though, when he had the only losing season until the wheels came off during Eddie Sutton’s last year.



  2. Megan
    11:45 am April 20, 2018 Permalink

    BTI’s Believe It or Don’t!

    (you have my permission to use it)



  3. catdaddyd
    12:25 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Here’s something weird, why did Kentucky pay the remainder of Tubby’s contract when he left us for Minnesota?



  4. kybigblue
    12:25 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Wasn’t Kevin Grevey on Rupp’s last freshmen team?



  5. catdaddyd
    12:27 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Here’s something weird, why did Saul Smith always pick up his dribble when he crossed half court ?



  6. Luether
    12:28 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    He didn’t “always”…



  7. runningunnin.454
    12:38 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    UK was easily the best team in 1949, and would have won another NIT title; but, the point shaving scandal involving Ralph Beard happened in the NIT. Back then, teams could go to both tournaments, and UK did win the NCAA.



  8. runningunnin.454
    12:52 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Speaking of Danville, UK has a winning record against Centre College in basketball; BUT, a losing record in football.



  9. CatManDo
    1:27 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Why is there a Christian Laettner Siamese Twin picture in this article?



  10. Rowinguy1
    2:21 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Issel, Nash and Grevey all played 4 seasons at UK. Rules of their day required one season of junior varsity.



  11. rockatao
    2:29 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a little disingenuous to include Rupp in the “less-than-22” win column. For most of his career, a team could only play 25 games a season, with a possible four more if they went to the NCAA final. And only the conference champion got to go to the NCAA tourney at all.



  12. onegp
    5:39 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Basil Hayden deserves to have his jersey retired b/c of his bourbon alone!



    • uk8888
      7:01 pm April 20, 2018 Permalink

      9 of Rupps first 14 teams didn’t even play 22 games in a season and 4 teams didn’t even play 20 games. Bobby Perry played 120 games in 4 seasons and Forest Sale only played in 50 games in 3 seasons.