On This Date In UK History

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October 31st

... in 2007, Jodie Meeks scored a game-high 34 points and Patrick Patterson added 21 to key the Wildcats past visiting Pikeville, 99-64. It was the first of two exhibition games for the Cats and was the first appearance in Rupp Arena as Kentucky head coach for Billy Clyde Gillispie. Meeks hit seven first half 3-pointers on his way to 27 first half points, matching Pikeville’s total. Since it was an exhibition, the stats didn’t count, but Big Blue Nation didn’t seem to mind. It was also the debut for freshman Patrick Patterson. He finished the game 10-12 from the field, even though the highly touted newcomer wasn’t in the starting lineup. New head coach Billy Clyde had the starting lineup of: Ramel Bradley, Jodie Meeks, Ramon Harris, Perry Stevenson, and ...........wait for it.......................Mark Coury! Billy Clyde Gillispie is no longer employed by the University of Kentucky.

*** October 30th trivia answer: Tony Delk, Jared Prickett, and Rodrick Rhodes. Recruiting analysts tabbed that recruiting class as the #1 class in the country.***

October 30th

... in 1991, a lanky 6'9" forward from Evansville, Indiana, decided to play basketball for your University of Kentucky Wildcats. His name? Walter McCarty. The recruitment of McCarty came down to Purdue, Kentucky, and Evansville. He chose the Cats shortly after visiting Big Blue Madness a few weeks earlier, making Kentucky four-for-four on getting commitments from the recruits coming to the 1991 Madness. Any Big Blue Nation member can tell you the importance of Walter McCarty to the rebuilding efforts of Kentucky basketball, the most famous being his shot from the corner in Baton Rouge during the Mardi Gras miracle. McCarty was an extremely rare inside-out big guy who could defend anyone on the court, as well as shoot it from anywhere on the court. He posed matchup nightmares for any Kentucky opponent. He later turned in his Big Blue Nation membership card when he hopped on Rick Pitino’s staff at that other school.

*** Can you name the other three players at the 1991 Big Blue Madness along with Walter McCarty? Answer tomorrow.***

October 29th

... in 2005, Kentucky running backs Arliss Beach and Rafael Little had a combined 239 yards from scrimmage in the Wildcats 13-7 victory over the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Cats, but was only the first win of the season against a Division I opponent. Little finished with 114 yards on 24 carries, while Beach totaled 84 yards on 14 carries. The Big Blue defense allowed only 99 yards of total offense in the first half, never allowing the Bulldogs to get past the Kentucky 30-yard line. A quarterback change ignited the offense for Mississippi State, but the Cats held on late for the win. Sophomore quarterback Andre Woodson, who was battling the flu, finished the game completing only 13 of 27 passes for 141 yards and no touchdowns. The lone Kentucky touchdown came in the first half on a Rafael Little 8-yard scamper.

October 28th

... in 2006, Kentucky scored on four of its first five second half possessions in Starkville to take a 31-17 lead, and eventually hung on, 34-31. It was not without drama, though, as Jacob Tamme had to recover a last ditch onside kick with 2:12 left in the game to make things interesting. Keenan Burton led the way for the Cats with 5 catches, 81 yards, and two touchdowns. He also added 93 yards on kickoff returns to help set up the offense. Dicky Lyons, Jr., finished the game with 8 receptions, 117 yards, one touchdown. The highlight of the night was a great Dicky Lyons one-handed touchdown catch in the end zone.

October 27th

... in 1991, a high-schooler from Brownsville, Tennessee, committed to play basketball for your University of Kentucky Wildcats. Tony Delk would eventually win Mr. Basketball in the state directly south, as well as be named to both Parade and McDonald’s All-American team. In 1994, Delk was named to the All-SEC Tournament team. In 1995, he would be named first team All-SEC. In 1996, he would be named first team All-American, SEC Player of the Year, and the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. Tony Delk ended his career as the #4 scorer in the history of Kentucky basketball, and currently sits #5. The undersized shooting guard could fill it up with the best of ‘em, tying an NCAA record with seven 3-pointers made in the 1996 NCAA Championship game.

October 26th

... in 1989, the one-and-only Jamal Mashburn committed to play basketball for the University of Kentucky. It was the first big commitment of the Rick Pitino Era as the Bronx, NY, native had followed the former Knicks coach very closely. Mashburn and his Unforgettable teammates help lead a turnaround of massive proportions, leading Kentucky to an Elite Eight in 1992. One year later, Mashburn led Big Blue to a Final Four where they would fall to Michigan’s Fab Five. October 26, 1989, deserves to be a holiday in the Commonwealth as one can pinpoint this day as a starting point for one of the most successful decades in program history. The Monster Mash had climbed to fourth on the all-time Kentucky basketball scoring list as he decided to turn pro after his junior season. He currently stands #6 on the all-time scoring list.

October 25th

... in 2003, Kentucky’s all-everything wideout Derek Abney tied the NCAA record for most career kick returns for a touchdown in a 42-17 rout of Mississippi State. Abney’s 80-yard punt return in the third quarter was his eighth career kick return for a touchdown, tying Cliff Branch (1970-71 Colorado) and Johnny Rodgers (1970-72 Nebraska). Kentucky came back from a 17-0 first half deficit and scored 42 unanswered points for the final tally. Abney’s punt reurn put the Cats up 21-17, and they never looked back. Jared Lorenzen also broke Tim Couch’s record for career touchdown passes (74) on a 53-yard play to Abney, giving him 75 for his career. J-Load finished 16-24 for 256 yards and the lone touchdown. Nice record-breaking day for the 4-4 Wildcats.


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