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Cats Kill Gators
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.
Fan favorite for relentless defense and tenacious rebounding. Named the 2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Ranks seventh in career rebounds with 910 boards. Led the team in rebounding for three straight seasons from 2003-05. Led UK in blocks in 2004. Ranks eighth in career steals with 170. Led team to the 2005 SEC regular-season championship. Also a key member on the SEC Tournament championship teams in 2003, 2004. Member of the 1,000-point club. Appeared in the NCAA Tournament in all four of his seasons, including Elite Eight finishes in 2003 and 2005. Two-time All-SEC honoree, including first-team honors by the AP and Coaches in 2005. Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2002. 11-year NBA veteran.
For those who don’t think Tubby Smith is a good coach. You are wrong. Folks say that “Tubby won it with Rick’s players” in 1998. Well, Rick didn’t win it with his own players in 1997 and I don’t believe with his style, the 1998 team would have cut down the nets like the Tubby Smith coached 1998 team did. The 2003-2005 run was as exciting run as UK has ever had. He had us in a position to win it all 5 seasons. Just take a look at the numbers he has put together over the years below. Tubby will be a Hall of Famer and he deserves it. For now, he’s been named, 2016 John R. Wooden “Legends of Coaching” Winner, and we all will be looking up to see his names in the rafters at Rupp some day. Congrats Tubby! From all of us in #BBN and here at KentuckyCrazies.com.
From the LubockOnline report:
“The Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standards of coaching success and personal achievement.
When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers a coach’s character, success rate on the court, graduating rate of student athletes, his coaching philosophy and his identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.
In addition, Smith will be recognized during the Wooden Award Weekend from April 7-9, 2016, during the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s celebration of the greatest players and coaches in college basketball.
He will be presented the award at the 2nd annual ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on April 8, 2016.
Smith has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success during his 24-year head coaching career which includes stops at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas Tech.
He has amassed a 538-263 (.672) career record highlighted by the 1998 National Championship, four NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances, nine NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 trips and 19 seasons of 20-plus victories fueled by 17 NCAA Tournament appearances.
He is one of seven active head coaches to collect over 500 wins and a national championship. The 19, 20-plus win seasons are tied for seventh place among active coaches.
Smith is a five-time conference honoree (SEC – 3, MVC – 2).
In 2002-03, he swept all seven national coach of the year honors recognized by the NCAA – AP, USBWA, Naismith, Basketball Times, The Sports News, NABC and CBS/Chevrolet.
He became the first consensus National Coach of the Year since 1975 when Indiana’s Bob Knight accomplished the feat.
Smith is one of only nine head coaches to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament.
If he can get Texas Tech to The Big Dance, Smith will become just the second coach in history to lead five different programs to the Tournament.
Smith has sent 19 players to the NBA which includes three who have won an NBA Championship and one an Olympic gold medal.
He won an Olympic gold medal as an assistant coach on Rudy Tomjanovich’s Team USA staff in 2000.
Smith and his wife, Donna, have given back more than $2 million to assist underprivileged youth in communities throughout Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas through the Tubby Smith Foundation.”
This never gets old, down 17 with 9 to go, what?
You can’t have 8 without #7
Cats beat Gators
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.
“Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story”
Here is the trailer for the new documentary about the UK commit that died on the court in 1999.