November 30, 1974: Kentucky’s “Super Kittens” debut with 97-70 win

1978 National Champs
1978 National Champs

From the “Kentucky Basketball:  The Season Never Ends Calendar:”  Kevin Grevey had 32 points and Jimmy Dan Conner 12 as the #16 Kentucky Wildcats blasted Northwestern 97-70 to open the season.  The win featured the debut of “The Super Kittens”:  James Lee (11 points), Jack Givens (8 points), Rick Robey (8 points) and Mike Phillips (4 points).  The quartet of freshmen would form the nucleus of a talented group that upset #1 Indiana in March 1975 to go to the Final Four.  They finished runner-ups that year to UCLA, then won the 1976 NIT.  After a heartbreaking Elite Eight loss to North Carolina in 1977, they finally broke through, winning the 1978 national championship in St. Louis.  Read original newspaper article about the Super Kittens.

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Walter Cornett, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.