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Does No. 1 matter? Mashburn can tell us

A few days ago after a practice, and had a moment. Harris, a holdover from the era, had seen hard times. He'd been through a little bit of good and a lot of bad in the basketball program. He'd seen arguably the greatest program in college basketball settle for an NIT bid. But oh how things have changed. Harris, now a major participant on a team that has yet to lose a game nearing the end of January, confided in Bledsoe. “This is the most fun I've ever had,” Harris told the UK freshman guard. And Bledsoe couldn't have been happier.

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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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