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March 22, 1998: ‘Ghost’ of ’92 classic scared away in 86-84 comeback over Duke

Frank Anderson | LHL - UK team together at center court after beating Duke 86-84 in the NCAA South Regional Final in St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 22, 1998.

Frank Anderson | LHL - team together at center court after beating 86-84 in the South Regional Final in St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 22, 1998.

If Big Blue Nation carried psychic scars from Christian Laettner and six years earlier – and it did – 's first UK team supplied the healing salve. Down 17 points with 9:38 left, rallied behind the penetrating drives of point guard . With the score tied at 81 and 39.4 seconds left, buried a trey that put the Cats ahead to stay in one of their most savored victories.  Read article.

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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