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your University of Kentucky Wildcats put a beating on the Vanderbilt Commodores, 100-73, behind a record-breaking performance by senior guard Derrick Miller. The Savannah, Georgia-native set multiple marks for Rupp Arena, many of which still stand today. Miller set Rupp Arena records for points, field goals, and field goal attempts, finishing the game 15-28 from the field for 40 points. When Miller graduated, he held program records for made three-pointers and three-pointers attempted. Of course, he was the beneficiary of being the first pure shooter and four-year player after the three-point shot was introduced. Nowadays, Miller can be found on a Clark County highway picking up trash for the community, as he currenlt resides in a Clark County Detention Center. What’s he doing there? Well......he tried screwing over Big Blue Nation by selling them phony season tickets and stealing over $40,000 Big Blue dollars, or as the authorities like to call it, theft by deception. How many counts? Miller was charged with 27 counts of theft by deception over 11 counties. Miller’s coach during the record-breaking night was Rick Pitino, who later would have sex on the floor of a Louisville restaurant.
your unranked University of Kentucky Wildcats squeaked out a 71-70 win over rival Florida to regain control of the SEC East. The Cats survived a furious comeback by the #8/#11 Gators, as a 14-point halftime lead turned into a one-point deficit as time was winding down. Never fear, though, as Mr. Everything Tayshaun Prince saved the day when he drained a 10-foot hook from the elbow with under 0:04 seconds remaining to give UK the final margin. The win moved Kentucky to 14-7 on the year, 7-2 in the SEC. Big Blue Nation was slowly coming around on a team that had started the year 1-3, but showed some heart winning 10 of 12 going into the Gator battle. The final basket by Prince helped him pace the Cats with 19 points to go along with six rebounds. Jason Parker (10 points - 9 rebounds) and Gerald Fitch (12 points - 6 rebounds - 4 assists) were the only other players in double-figures. Tubby’ steam would regroup from the miserable start to the season to come back and win the SEC Tournament and go into the NCAA Tournament as the ninth-ranked team in the nation. They would fall in the Sweet 16 to Henry Bibby’s USC Trojans.
your #4 University of Kentucky Wildcats marched out to a 17-point halftime lead on their way to beating Vanderbilt, 84-70. The significance of this game is it’s the last time Big Blue came out of Nashville with a win. Five years, people. FIVE YEARS! Vanderbilt. Seriously? And after dominating the first half, Kentucky still needed a 14-2 second half run to get the final margin. The win pushed UK to 17-2 on the season, along with an undefeated 8-0 record in conference. Big Blue was led by senior great Chuck Hayes (15 points - 13 rebounds - 3 assists - 2 steals - 1 block) and his new Hannibal Lecter mask. He broke his nose a few games earlier at Tennessee when I’m sure something dirty happened to our Modesto-native. Hayes said it was the first time he had felt completely comfortable in his new face garb. Kelenna Azubuike (15 points - 5 rebounds), Johnny Rondo (14 points - 8 assists), and Booger Sparks (15 points - 4 steals) helped Chuck put a hurting on the Commies in half one. Hopefully Coach Cal will have The Boys ready to break this disturbing streak a few weeks from now. If there was ever a team to......... (gasp)........... beat Vandy in Nashville, this is it. If not, then it might not ever happen again.......DUM-Dum-Dum.
your #6 University of Kentucky Wildcats manhandled the newly annointed #1 team in the nation, the Florida Gators, 70-55, in front of a record-breaking Rupp Arena crowd. From the tip, Florida looked like a deer in headlights as anything and everything they did went woefully wrong. The Cats had one of the most complete 20:00 spurts of basketball in recent memory as they humiliated an “elite” team. At the end of the day, all Kentucky did was expose them for the frauds they were, building 45-22 lead by halftime. A suffocating defense, an endless barrage of three-pointers, and multiple fast breaks built the lead to 60-31 by the midway point of the second half. The Cats were called off, allowing the Gators to make the score respectable, but the damage was done. Kentucky was led by Keith Bogans (15 points - all in the first half), Gerald Fitch (14 points - 7 rebounds), Erik Daniels (12 points - 5 rebounds), Cliff Hawkins (4 points - 8 assists), and Chuck Hayes (9 points - 8 rebounds). The performance was so incredible, Tubby’s Cats only attempted three free throws all night. Enjoy.
your #9 University of Kentucky Wildcats scored the game’s final 11 points to snatch away a win from the Florida Gators in Gainesville. Florida led 65-57 with under three minutes remaining and looked to be on its way to giving UK its first losing streak in two years. But the losing streak would have to be put on hold, as some veterans made some key plays to get us over the hump. Kelenna Azubuike drained a three-pointer after Erik Daniels got an offensive rebound, cutting the lead to five. After two Daniels free throws, a few poor plays from Florida’s Christian Drejer, and two more free throws via Chuck Hayes, the lead was down to one. Cliff Hawkins then picked off a cross-court pass and took it in for a layup to give Big Blue the lead for good. Daniels led the way with 22 points, Gerald Fitch added 10, Azubuike and Hawkins each had nine points, and Antwain Barbour added eight off the bench for the balanced offensive attack. And while the Cats were 19-39 from the field, much of the damage was done on the charity stripe (26-40). The Wildcat defense held Florida to only one field goal in the final 6:41 of the second half.
your University of Kentucky Wildcats led by phenom first year head coach Billy Clyde Gillispie used toughness and grit to squeeze out a win against perennial powerhouse Georgia, 61-55. The amazing thing about the win was that it was accomplished without three of its best players: Ramel Bradley, Joe Crawford, and Jodie Meeks. In essence we had no backcourt down the stretch, with the exceptions of Michael Porter and Derrick Jasper, who had a shredded up knee. Joe actually played 31 minutes (9-15 FG, 5-6 3PM - 26 points - 5 rebounds) , but his feet were giving him problems once again and had to sit down the stretch. Ramel got blasted on a fast break by Georgia’s goon, Dave Bliss, and left the game with a concussion. Poor Smooth was seeing all tweet-tweet. Jodie’s sports hernia left him out of action for the entire game. So what did we do to counter of all of the injuries? We told our all-world big man, freshman Patrick Patterson, to take over and end this nonsense. Pat finished his first trip to Athens with 16 points (8-13 FG) and six rebounds. Cat-killer Sundiata Gaines led the way for the Bulldogs.
a freshman phenom came out on fire to lead your #14 University of Kentucky Wildcats to a 81-68 beatdown of hated rival Tennessee. Keith Bogans scored 16 of Kentucky’s first 23 points, including four 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes to energize the usually sleepy Rupp Arena crowd. He ended with a career high 25 points (8-17 FG, 4-9 3PM - 5 rebounds - 2 assists - 2 steals). Tayshaun Prince (6-9 FG, 3-4 3PM - 17 points - 6 rebounds) and the most popular player ever to wear #11, Saul Smith (12 points - 6 rebounds - 5 assists), added some firepower as well. The win was UK’s 12th in its past 13 games (16-5) and put them all alone atop the SEC East at 6-1. After starting the season 4-4 and dropping from the rankings across the board, Big Blue used the Tubby stare and some key play from the freshman (Bogans), a lanky sophomore (Tayshaun Prince), and an eighth-year senior (Jamaal Magloire). The 1999-2000 season was Tubby Smith’s first “10 loss” team. The #6 Vols were led by former Kentucky recruit Vincent Yarborough (17 points), but dropped to 18-3, 6-2 in the SEC.
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