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Alex Poythress has crazy bounce, dunks on anybody

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freshman forward Alex Poythress comes across as soft-spoken in interviews, but you would never guess that from his play on the court.  As a senior at Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tenn., Poythress averaged more than 30 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game.  In the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game, Poythress led his team with 19 points on 8-12 shooting against some of the best competition in the country.  On Monday, Sporting News named him a second-team Preseason All-American before has he even played in a collegiate game.

 

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 1, 1912, Kentucky defeats Georgetown College, 19-18, to complete the season with a perfect 9-0 record and earn its first title as Southern Champions.

 

On March 1, 1921, Kentucky upsets Tulane, Mercer, Mississippi A&M and Georgia to win the first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball championship. Bill King's free throw with no time left on the clock lifted the Wildcats to the SIAA Championship over Georgia.  Hundreds of Wildcats fans await “play-by-play” via telegraph, and greet the team’s train with a celebration and parade in downtown Lexington. It is believed to be the first college basketball tournament ever played.

 

On March 1, 1952, Cliff Hagan scored 42 points against Tennessee.

 

On March 1, 1969, Dan Issel scored 31 points at Vanderbilt.

 

On March 1, 1969, Mike Casey joined the 1,000-point club.  He did it in 51 games.

 

On March 1, 1979, the 1979 SEC Tournament quarterfinals featured Kentucky and Alabama.  In a scintillating display of fast-paced basketball, Kentucky hit 68.3 percent of its shots (43-of-63) and outlasted Coach C.M. Newton’s Crimson Tide and star Reggie King (38 points) behind stellar guard play from Truman Claytor (25 points, 11-of-14 field goals), Kyle Macy (22, 9-of-16) and Dwight Anderson (19, 7-of-11) before 16,300 in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

 

On March 1, 1981, on Senior Day, No. 9 Kentucky defeated No. 2 LSU 73-71.  Kentucky denied LSU’s bid for an unbeaten SEC season when Sam Bowie blocked Howard Carter’s potential game-tying jumper just ahead of the final buzzer before 24,011 in Rupp Arena.

 

On March 1, 1987, Richard Madison's basket with eight seconds left enabled the Wildcats to upset the No. 12 Sooners.

 

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