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Red-hot rivalry is ready to burn across the Kentucky bluegrass

Players on the men's basketball team are acutely aware of the fuss new coach has generated some 70 miles away in Lexington and all over the hoops-crazed state starved for another NCAA championship.  For months now, the Cardinals have listened to fans make comparisons between Calipari, 50, and their coach, , 57, himself once a beloved Kentucky coach who led that school to the 1996 national title.  Read article.

Mark Zerof, US Presswire - John Calipari coaches his Kentucky team in front of the programs seven national chamipionship banners. If all goes well, the Wildcats could hang banner No. 8 this season.

Mark Zerof, US Presswire - John Calipari coaches his Kentucky team in front of the program's seven national chamipionship banners. If all goes well, the Wildcats could hang banner No. 8 this season.

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.

 

On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.

 

On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.

 

On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.

 

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