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Eric Bledsoe knew he could play

Eric Bledsoe still vividly remembers the critics who said he either wasn't good enough to play with John Wall or would be merely a role player at best early in his career.  Instead, he was a starter from day one and a reliable scorer, and he now is positioned as a possible first-round NBA draft pick as well.  “I knew that when I first came to college. When I committed they said I would be a three-year or four-year player and that I would play behind John Wall — even my own coach said that — but I knew what I was capable of doing,” Bledsoe said. “As long as you know what you are capable of doing, you don't have to worry about anything else, and that is what I did.”

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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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