On this date in Kentucky basketball history…

Jim Master

In 1983, former Cat scored 16 points to match the great Michael Jordan, who also had 16 points, to help the USA clinch the gold medal over Brazil, 87-79 at the Pan Am Games.  Featuring a roster filled with future professionals, the 1983 USA Pan American team, coached by State’s Jack Hartman, was as talented a group as any assembled in the history of the Pan American Games. The United States’ solid play offensively as well as defensively carried the team to an unblemished 8-0 record and its third consecutive gold medal.

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