1977-1978 National Champions

NCAA Championship #5
KENTUCKY 94, DUKE 88
March 27 1978
St. Louis

Senior Jack Givens put on one of the finest individual performances in NCAA Championship history in leading the Wildcats past the Blue Devils. With many Kentucky fans among the crowd of 18,271 chanting “Goose, Goose,” Givens scored 41 points, three short of the record for a championship game, to help the Wildcats to their fifth NCAA title and first in 20 years. Givens’ dominance was clearly evident in the first half as he scored 23 points, including UK’s last 16 of the half, to turn a 29-28 UK lead into a 45-38 cushion. It was a deficit from which the Blue Devils would not recover. Overall, Givens made 18 of 27 field goal attempts, five of eight free throws and added eight rebounds and three assists.

KENTUCKY

PLAYER    MIN  FGM  FGA  FTM  FTA  REB  A  PF  TP
Givens     37   18   27    5    8    8  3   4  41
Robey      32    8   11    4    6   11  0   2  20
Phillips   11    1    4    2    2    2  1   5   4
Macy       36    3    3    3    4    0  8   1   9
Claytor    24    3    5    2    4    0  3   2   8
Lee        20    4    8    0    0    4  2   4   8
Shidler    16    1    5    0    1    1  3   3   2
Aleksinas   1    0    0    0    0    0  0   1   0
Williams   10    1    3    0    0    4  0   2   2
Cowan       8    0    2    0    0    2  0   1   0
Stephens    1    0    0    0    0    0  0   0   0
Courts      1    0    0    0    0    0  0   0   0
Gettelfngr  1    0    0    0    0    0  0   0   0
Casey       1    0    0    0    0    0  0   1   0
Team                                 0	

TOTALS	   200   39   68   16   25   32 20  26  94

DUKE

PLAYER    MIN  FGM  FGA  FTM  FTA  REB  A  PF  TP
Banks      37    6    2   10   12    8  2   2  22
Dennard    30    5    7    0    0    6  2   5   2
Gminski    57    6   16    6    6   12  2   3  20
Harrell    24    2    2    0    0    0  1   3   4
Spanarkel  40    6   16    5    6    2  1   4  21
Suddidth    9    1    3    2    3    2  0   1   2
Bender     17    1    2    5    5    1  4   3   7
Goetsch     6    0    1    0    0    1  0   1   0
Team                                 0

TOTALS    200   29   59   10   34   35 14  22  88

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HALFTIME:
UK 45, Duke 38