Former Cat's return to Rupp emotional

Dale Brown: I appreciate the opportunity of being back here. I don't have the words to tell you guys, I'm getting emotional now. But it was wonderful. A lot of memories here. I look up and I see the 1993 banner up there.

Brown played on Kentucky's 1993 Final Four team that lost to Michigan in the national semifinals and he received a big ovation from the Kentucky fans before the game that he appreciated.

"It was great. Lexington, and throughout the state of Kentucky, the way people treated me really, really great and wonderful the whole time I was here," he said. "I spent a lot of time here after UK basketball. Great city, I miss it, "Like I said, I appreciate the opportunity of being back here. I don't have the words to tell you guys, I'm getting emotional now. But it was wonderful. A lot of memories here. I look up and I see the 1993 banner up there. Wow."

Calipari was glad Brown got the big ovation, too. "A former player here, and it was so great that they walk in this building and get that kind of ovation. And it's great for his team to see that the Big Blue Nation appreciates former players and still loves them," the Kentucky coach said. "Now they wanted to beat him, but prior to the game they gave him a great ovation, which was really neat."

Brown wasn't so emotional that he lost his competitive fire when asked if this UK team could beat his 1993 team. In fact, he said the 1993 team would win "easy" for one reason.

"Because we got after it on defense every single possession. We played hard, diving on the floor, loose balls. We were so much better on defense. We took pride in guarding people. That would have been the difference in the game," Brown said.


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