On This Date In UK History

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July 7th

the University expected the NCAA to declare Kentucky recruit Anthony Epps ineligible. Epps, a point guard from Marion County, Kentucky, played in a three-on-three tournament in which he dominated and won first place. Nothing wrong with that, right? That is until he accepted a cash prize for winning. By accepting this prize, he jeopardized his amateur status............until the shady Rick Pitino forced the NCAAs hand and made them make Epps eligible. Boy, that Rick Pitino.....he sure lives in the gray area with the NCAA.

July 6th

hotshot recruits Rodrick Rhodes and Jason Kidd were roommates at the Nike Basketball Camp, and according to Bob Gibbons, both had Kentucky on their wish lists. Jason Kidd was the more celebrated of the two, fielding offers from Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina. He would eventually get a truck load of money from Todd Bozeman and choose California as his destination. Rhodes chose Kentucky and had a wonderful freshman campaign. Many will remember Dickie V calling Rhodes the prince of Kentucky basketball (to Jamal Mashburn's king) during an ESPN telecast. Rodrick would later transfer to USC after his junior season after he and Pitino had a falling out. I.E. He missed two free throws in the SEC Championship.

July 5th

your University of Kentucky Wildcats had a representative in the form of Darius Miller at the FIBA Under 19 World Championships in New Zealand. Coach Jaime Dixon utilized Millerís size and strength to become Americaís shut down defender during the Tournament. But on this day, Darius offensive game was up to par, as he and Lexington-native Shelvin Mack helped lead the charge as Team USA destroyed the Egypt Pyramids, 112-55. This was Darius' present to America for her birthday. What was yours?

Darius' line: 3-6 FG, 3-3 FT - 9 pts - 9 rebs - 1 asst - 1 blk - 4 TOs

Shelvin added 14 pts - 4 assts - 2 rebs

July 4th

we have celebrated the birthday of our country. Hope you do the same and have a safe holiday weekend.

July 3rd

your University of Kentucky Wildcats were on their way home from a seven game exhibition world tour to the far east. Six of the seven games were played in Japan, while the other was played in South China. In the last game versus South China, the attendance was said to have been 100 people. Shortly after this game, Kentucky boarded a plane for a 27-hour ride back to the Commonwealth. The Cats finished the road trip 6-1, the only loss coming against Czechoslovakia. The third ranked Cats, from 1986, beat South China, Finland, and Japan for their wins. So whenever someone brings up how David Stern or the Dream Team globalized basketball, you give them this little nugget and watch them squirm.

July 2nd

your University of Kentucky basketball museum closed its doors after it was no longer able to support itself financially. The museum opened its doors February 13, 1999, before a game with South Carolina. Fans were able to walk among the hallowed timeline of Kentucky basketball history, giving many youngsters a sense of what their fathers got to experience a generation earlier. Among the highlights were an interactive area where fans could make a radio call of great Kentucky basketball moments, as well as play "virtual one-on-one" against a favorite Wildcat. Van Florence was hired on late to try and help save the museum, but it had been too far in debt to recover. Contractors had estimated the museum would bring 130,000 fans annually, and average 110,000 visitors yearly thereafter. The opening year brought 27,000 people, averaging only 19,000 visitors each year. The University assumed the debt and pieces from the museum are featured in the Craft Center as a sort of Walk of Fame.

July 1st

your University of Kentucky legend above was selected 28th overall in the NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Coming from academic troubles forcing him to sit out the Championship 1995-96 season, Scott Padgett returned in December '96 to become one of UK's most clutch performers in recent memory. He was a member of both the 1997 Runner-Up and 1998 National Championship team. Kentucky fans from across the world will remember him for one game in particular, The Revenge Game. A 1998 regional final vs. Duke in which Padgett drained a go-ahead "3" putting the Cats up 84-81 with under a minute left. He celebrated the shot like every Cat fan in his/her living room, giving him instant legend status. Padgett also led UK to an Elite Eight berth in 1999, despite losing four seniors the previous spring.


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