Kentucky makes NCAA March Madness list

December 11, 2012 

  • NCAA anniversary picks


    1939: Oregon wins first NCAA Tournament

    1963: Loyola (Ill.) vs. Mississippi State

    1966: A win for Civil Rights: UK-Texas Western

    1973: Walton leads Bruins to title

    1974: N.C. State ends UCLA's run

    1975: Wooden goes out with 10th title

    1976: Indiana wins the title — perfectly

    1977: Marquette's McGuire goes out on top

    1979: Magic vs. Bird

    1981: Ainge's full-court drive leads BYU

    1981: U.S. Reed, Rolando Blackman, John Smith

    1982: Jordan hits game-winner for North Carolina

    1983: N.C. State's last-second win over Houston

    1985: Andre Turner: Twice a hero

    1985: Villanova upsets Georgetown

    1987: Indiana's Smart shocks Syracuse

    1989: Rumeal Robinson seals Michigan victory

    1990: Loyola Marymount's Bo Kimble shoots lefty

    1990: UConn's Tate George beats Clemson

    1990: Laettner shot beats UConn

    1991: Duke upsets UNLV

    1991: Richmond makes history

    1992: Laettner hits last-second shot over UK

    1995: Tyus Edney saves UCLA

    1996: Mile High Madness: Syracuse beats Georgia

    1998: The Bryce Drew shot for Valpo

    1998: Rip rips hearts out Washington Huskies

    1999: The nation meets Gonzaga

    2001: Hampton Coach Steve Merfeld gets a lift

    2005: Regional finals for the ages

    2006: George Mason reaches Final Four

    2008: Kansas rallies to win title over Memphis

    2010: Butler comes oh so close

    2011: VCU goes from First Four to the Final Four

    2012: Missouri and Duke lose in same day


    Arizona: Miles Simon, Sean Elliott; Arkansas: Corliss Williamson; Butler: Shelvin Mack; California: Darrall Imhoff; Cincinnati: Oscar Robertson, Paul Hogue, Tom Thacker; Connecticut: Emeka Okafor, Kemba Walker, Richard Hamilton; Duke: Bobby Hurley, Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Johnny Dawkins, Shane Battier; Florida: Joakim Noah; Georgetown: Patrick Ewing; Georgia Tech: Kenny Anderson; Holy Cross: George Kaftan.

    Houston: Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon; Indiana: Keith Smart, Isiah Thomas, Kent Benson, Scott May, Steve Alford; Indiana State: Larry Bird; Jacksonville: Artis Gilmore; Kansas: Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning; Kentucky: Anthony Davis, Dan Issel, Jack Givens, Tony Delk; Louisville: Darrell Griffith, Pervis Ellison; Marquette: Butch Lee; Maryland: Juan Dixon; Michigan: Glen Rice.

    Michigan State: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Mateen Cleaves; Navy: David Robinson; North Carolina: Lennie Rosenbluth, Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison, James Worthy, Sean May, Tyler Hansbrough; North Carolina State: David Thompson; Notre Dame: Austin Carr; Ohio State: Jerry Lucas; Oklahoma A&M: Bob Kurland; Princeton: Bill Bradley; St. John's: Chris Mullin; San Francisco: Bill Russell.

    Seattle: Elgin Baylor; Syracuse: Carmelo Anthony; Texas Western: Bobby Joe Hill; UCLA: Gail Goodrich, Jamaal Wilkes, Sidney Wicks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Walt Hazzard, Bill Walton; UNLV: Stacey Augmon, Larry Johnson; Utah: Arnie Ferrin; Villanova: Ed Pinckney; Virginia: Ralph Sampson; West Virginia: Jerry West; Wyoming: Ken Sailors.


    1946-47: Holy Cross (27-3); 1951-52: Kansas (28-3); 1955-56: San Francisco (29-0); 1956-57: North Carolina (32-0); 1959-60: Ohio State (25-3); 1966-67: UCLA (30-0); 1967-68: UCLA (29-1); 1968-69: UCLA (29-1); 1971-72: UCLA (30-0); 1972-73: UCLA (30-0).

    1973-74: North Carolina State (30-1); 1975-76: Indiana (32-0); 1978-79: Michigan State (26-6); 1979-80: Louisville (33-3); 1981-82: North Carolina (32-2); 1983-84: Georgetown (34-3); 1989-90: UNLV (35-5); 1991-92: Duke (34-2); 1992-93: North Carolina (34-4); 1995-96: Kentucky (34-2); 1996-97: Arizona (25-9); 2003-04: Connecticut (33-6); 2006-07: Florida (35-5); 2008-09: North Carolina (34-4); 2011-12: Kentucky (38-2).

Several University of Kentucky basketball players, teams or moments were considered among the best in rankings released by the NCAA on Tuesday as it prepares to celebrate the 75th anniversary of March Madness.

Fans will be able to get in on the voting starting in early January, with their input trimming the list of 75 best players to 15. The NCAA's 25 top teams and 35 top moments will be cut to one each. Voting will take place at

The lists were compiled and researched by the NCAA's basketball and statistics staffs, which consulted with the NCAA's media partners and selected members of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Here are the Wildcat-related milestones that made the NCAA lists:

■ Players: Anthony Davis, Dan Issel, Jack Givens and Tony Delk.

■ Teams: Kentucky's national championship teams of 2011-12 (38-2) and 1995-96 (34-2) made the list.

■ Moments: Christian Laettner's last-second shot against Kentucky in 1992; Texas Western's 72-65 victory in 1966 against Kentucky.

Kentucky also got a mention in the so-called 2005 "Regional finals for the ages" that included UK's 94-88 double-overtime loss to Michigan State.

The NCAA's list of top players also included Lexington native Shelvin Mack of Butler, and Louisville's Darrell Griffith and Pervis Ellison.

The list of teams included Louisville's 1979-80 champions (33-3).

Like UK, Louisville made the moments list for the 2005 regional finals. The Cardinals earned a trip to the Final Four by rallying from a 19-point deficit to beat West Virginia.

ESPNU to air Bowie doc

ESPNU plans to air a documentary on former Kentucky star Sam Bowie.

The documentary, titled Going Big, will air at 9 p.m. on Dec. 20.

It chronicles the ups and downs of Bowie's career. The arc began with him being one of the most-heralded high school prospects. Of course, he sat out two seasons at UK because of stress fractures.

Injuries cut short his NBA career.

In promotional material released Tuesday, Bowie recalled being examined by doctors for the Portland Trail Blazers prior to the 1984 NBA Draft.

"I can still remember them taking a little mallet, and when they would hit me on my left tibia, and 'I don't feel anything' I would tell 'em," Bowie said in the release. "But deep down inside, it was hurting. If what I did was lying and what I did was wrong, at the end of the day, when you have loved ones that have some needs, I did what any of us would have done."

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