What would happen if Christian Laettner showed up for a game in Rupp Arena?
Monday night, those who come out for the Big Blue All-Stars vs. The Villains charity basketball game are going to get an answer to that question.
Laettner, the former Duke star who famously broke the hearts of Kentucky fans with a buzzer-beating shot in the East Regional finals of the 1992 NCAA Tournament, will serve as coach of a team of "villains" of the Kentucky program.
The game is a benefit for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
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Laettner's team includes the "villainous" — former North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough and ex-Louisville standout Terrence Williams — as well as the presumably friendly — ex-Bryan Station/Butler University guard Shelvin Mack and former Morehead State rebounding machine Kenneth Faried.
The Villains will be opposed by a team of former University of Kentucky players who were supposed to be opening their NBA season a week from Tuesday before those games were canceled by the owners who are locking their union out amid foundering labor negotiations.
Rex Chapman, who scored 1,073 points during his two-season UK career in the 1980s, returns to Rupp Arena as coach of the Big Blue All-Stars.
Another highlight for Kentucky fans will be the Rupp Arena debut of Enes Kanter, the big man from Turkey who spent his freshman season at UK in 2010-11 but was not able to gain eligibility because of issues related to his amateur status.
BIG BLUE ALL-STARS
Coach: Rex Chapman
Coach: Christian Laettner