Back in the 2003 season, Kentucky was in the middle of a 26 game winning streak as it made it’s way eventually to #1. This game made the nation take notice that we were for real. The 2003 team remains one of the funnest to have ever taken the court in Lexington and it’s defense was one of the best in history. We were perhaps a Keith Bogans ankle injury to yet another title. No other program has what we have, and no other program has as many “almost” seasons. Watch the Cats dominate a really good Florida team.
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Keith Bogans makes his way into the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame along with Pat Etcheberry, (track and field), Marty Moore (football), Passion Richardson track and field), Terry Shumpert (baseball) and Sarah Witten (women’s tennis).
Bogans career rankings are as follows:
Total points: 4th all-time behind Issel, Walker, and Jack Givens with 1923 total career points.
Assists: 14th all-time
Steals: 12th all-time
Free throws made: 15th all-time
3 pointers made in a career: 2nd all-time behind Tony Delk
Bogans was part of the Tubby Smith coached 2003 team that won 26 straight including a perfect run through the SEC regular season and SEC tourney.
Here is the game that turned that season around. Bogans injured his ankle before the elite 8 game and his injury along with a Dwayne Wade-Marquette team kept the Cats and Bogans from a final 4 and a possible national title. The second half of this game is truly amazing in terms of defensive pressure and was a defining moment in that historic run by the Cats.
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