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In the lore of UK basketball, Tre Mitchell is putting himself high on an all-time list

For all the attention on Kentucky’s ballyhooed freshmen, it is Tre Mitchell who may be UK’s indispensable player.

Here's the thing about playing for a historically regal men's college basketball program such as :

No matter what you do, the odds are strong that someone who has come before you has done it better.

That applies to the splendid season is giving John Calipari's No. 8 Wildcats (13-3, 3-1 SEC) in his first season in the program as a transfer.

What we can say is that Mitchell is having one of the best such seasons ever produced by an incoming transfer into the Wildcats program.

We can also wonder where UK would be if an unexpected coaching change at West Virginia had not precipitated the circumstances that led to Mitchell essentially falling into Kentucky's lap in the offseason.

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On February 26, 1949, Cliff Barker hit a shot against Vanderbilt from 63 feet, 7 inches to record the longest field goal ever made by a Kentucky player.  The previous record of 53 feet , 9 inches was set by Ralph Beard.


On February 26, 1991, Kentucky beat the Crimson Tide to win its 200th game in Rupp Arena and became one of two schools (along with North Carolina) to win 1,500 basketball games.


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