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Great Wall gives ’Cats direction


- photo by Walter Cornett |

It happened 15 days ago, the blue and white confetti covering first-year basketball coach 's carefully coiffed hair like a heavy snow. Pumped up by Kool and the Gang's classic “Celebration,” his Wildcats surrounded him, dancing, singing and laughing atop Rupp Arena's floor. Up in the stands, nary one of the 24,364 seats empty, adults of all ages shared tears of joy.  All this commotion for an 88-44 victory over Drexel that had pretty much been over from the opening tip, with Christmas just four days away and the hour growing late?

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On February 23, 1970, Dan Issel scored 47 points against Alabama.


On February 23, 2019, with an 80-53 victory over Auburn, 10th-year head coach John Calipari moves past Joe B. Hall for the second most victories by a UK head coach in program history. He trails only the Baron of the Bluegrass, Adolph Rupp.


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