Tag: Tubby Smith

1998 UK win over Duke a comeback not to be forgotten

With the Kentucky-Duke rivalry heating up because of so many high profile recruiting battles, it reminds me of one of my favorite NCAA Tournament memories.

That came in 1998 in St.  Petersburg when UK played Duke. Coach Tubby Smith’s “Comeback Cats” just refused to lose. In the South Region final, Kentucky fell behind by 18 points but stormed back to win 86-84 and help ease the sting of UK’s loss to Duke in the 1992 classic in Philadelphia.

Check out stories on Alabama Mr. Basketball, Tubby Smith, Landon Young

John Petty (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

John Petty (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


From time to time, I like to make sure that you don’t miss some of the stories I have posted on lex18.com and this week has really been a busy week.

Alabama junior John Petty, the state’s Mr. Basketball, has been a UK fan since watching John Wall and Eric Bledsoe play. His coach is also a Kentucky basketball fan. He was the first player in the 2017 recruiting class offered by Calipari.

Here is the story link: http://www.lex18.com/story/31767298/both-alabama-mr-basketball-john-petty-and-his-high-school-coach-are-kentucky-fans

Final awards show will include Tyler Ulis, Tubby Smith

image001The final event of the college basketball season is set for Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. ET, when ESPN2 televises the College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s live from The Novo by Microsoft in downtown Los Angeles.

During the one-hour show,  winners will be named for: John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s (Player of the Year – Men), John R. Wooden Award (Player of the Year – Women), John R. Wooden Award (Legends of Coaching), Bob Cousy Award presented by College of the Holy Cross (Point Guard of the Year), Jerry West Award (Shooting Guard of the Year), Julius Erving Award presented by UMass (Small Forward of the Year) , Karl Malone Award presented by cConnects (Power Forward of the Year) and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Center of the Year).

Butler coach’s mom a life-long UK fan and has “great respect” for Tubby Smith

Butler coach Chris Holtman is a native Kentuckian and  will send his team against Texas Tech and coach Tubby Smith in the NCAA Tournament Thursday in Raleigh. During his media conference today, he was asked about Smith:

Q. Coach Holtmann, you’re a native Kentuckian and Tubby Smith obviously had great success with the Wildcats there. Have you crossed path was him at all? And were you a Tubby Smith and Kentucky fan growing up?