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The Commonwealth of Kentucky was the center of the storm in 2009

John Calipari - photo by Charlie Riedel | AP

- photo by Charlie Riedel | AP

The year that was in college basketball will remain memorable not so much for what happened on the court but rather what happened off it – and the state of was the center of the storm.  On the court, there was the heartwarming story of Michigan State's run to the Final Four in its home state and of North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough gaining redemption of sorts.

Here's a look back at the top storylines in college basketball in 2009.

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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