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Former Cat John Pelphrey shares one of the strongest, most unique bonds in all of sports

The text arrived two days after Halloween, well before Billy Donovan got to the cemetery. “Thinking of you,” it read. For almost a decade, it’s never failed. Every year, on Nov. 2, Arkansas coach John Pelphrey – along with Alabama’s Anthony Grant – have reached out to their former boss at Florida. A phone call, an e-mail, a card or text. Just something to remind Donovan how much they care. And how they can relate.

John Pelphrey

- photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

The text arrived two days after Halloween, well before got to the cemetery.  “Thinking of you,” it read.  For almost a decade, it's never failed. Every year, on Nov. 2, coach John Pelphrey – along with 's – have reached out to their former boss at . A phone call, an e-mail, a card or text. Just something to remind Donovan how much they care. And how they can relate.

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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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