Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Note
G 4 Rajon Rondo 6-1 190 So. 15.1 8.2 Hit game-winner vs. UCF
G 22 Patrick Sparks 6-0 179 Sr. 8.1 *2.6 Only Cat to start all 13 games
G 32 Joe Crawford 6-4 210 So. 9.3 4.2 43 pts in last three games
F 23 Sheray Thomas 6-7 230 Jr. 4.9 4.4 Only 1 pt and 3 rebs vs. UCF
C 10 Lukasz Obrzut 7-0 270 Jr. 2.7 2.1 Played just 5 mins vs. UCF
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Note
G 15 Mario Chalmers 6-1 182 Fr. 6.8 1.3 Has a team-high 26 steals
G 3 Russell Robinson 6-1 196 So. 6.1 *3.2 Had 8 assts vs. Yale
G 25 Brandon Rush 6-6 207 Fr. 11.8 4.7 Shooting 54.8% from 3FG
F 34 Christian Moody 6-8 225 Sr. 4.7 3.5 Has started last three games
C 33 C.J. Giles 6-10 235 So. 8.4 6.5 Has 27 blocks this season
*assists per game
CATS TRAVEL TO KANSAS FOR FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARS
Kentucky, the all-time winningest program in college basketball, travels to Lawrence, Kan., Saturday
to face the Kansas Jayhawks, who rank third all-time in wins. Its the Wildcats first visit to Allen
Fieldhouse in over 16 years.
The Wildcats ride a season-best, four-game win streak into Saturdays non-conference finale, but the
contest marks UKs first road game in more than a month. The teams last visit to Lawrence ended in
the second-worst loss in Wildcat history and the worst in modern history. The Jayhawks, then coached
by Roy Williams, forced Rick Pitinos debut UK team into 27 turnovers in the 150-95 KU win.
Rajon Rondo nailed a jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining Tuesday to give UK a 59-57 win over
UCF in Rupp Arena.
This is Kentuckys final non-conference game before opening SEC play vs. Vanderbilt Tuesday.
Over the last four seasons, UK is second nationally in wins (97) and winning percentage (.843).
UK is second in the SEC in FG percentage defense (.395) and third in scoring defense (61.8 ppg).
Kentucky has used five starting lineups in 13 games this season.
In Tubby Smiths nine years, UK is 97-2 (.980) when shooting 50 percent or better.
Rajon Rondo is the only player in the SEC top 10 in scoring (9th), rebounding (5th) and assists
UK has held 77 of its last 79 opponents below 50 percent shooting. South Carolina (54 percent on
1/5/05) and Indiana (53 percent on 12/10/05) are the lone exceptions in that time.
Kentucky has won 40 of its last 44 games at Rupp Arena.
The Jayhawks enter Saturdays game with an 8-
4 record after earning an 87-46 win over Yale in
Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday. Kansas has won five
in a row, including four straight home games,
after losing four of its first seven contests. KU lost
two of three in the Maui Invitational in
Freshman Brandon Rush leads the Jayhawks
with 11.8 ppg. Sasha Kaun adds 10.9 ppg and 6.7
Bill Self is in his third season at Kansas and
claimed a share of the Big 12 title last season. In
his first two seasons, his teams totaled 47 wins
and just 16 losses.
This marks the 24th meeting between
Kentucky and Kansas, two of the nations three
winningest programs. Kentucky has won three of
the last four meetings.
Kentucky leads the overall series, 19-4, and is
7-3 against KU in Lawrence. This is the first
meeting in Lawrence in more than 16 years.
Tubby Smith is 2-1 all-time against the
Jayhawks, with the two wins coming during the
1998-99 season. Smiths Cats defeated KU in the
Great Eight in Dec. 1998 before earning a 92-88
overtime win in the second round of the 1999
NCAA Tournament. The Cats lost last years contest
in Rupp Arena, 65-59.
Bill Self is 1-1 all-time against the Wildcats,
losing a 74-53 decision in Lexington during his
first season at Tulsa before earning the win last
UK junior center Shagari Alleyne and KU
sophomore guard Russell Robinson were teammates
at Rice High School in Bronx, NY. They
claimed the 2002 state championship. The duo
also played on the same AAU team.
Tubby Smith and Bill Self both were head
coaches at Tulsa. Smith got his first head coaching
there in 1991. He spent four seasons in Tulsa,
compiling a 79-43 record before taking the head
coaching position at Georgia.
Self replaced Buzz Peterson at Tulsa in 1998
and spent three seasons there before moving on to
Illinois. At Tulsa, he was 74-27.
KU assistant Tim Jankovich previously spent
four years on the Vanderbilt staff. Between 1999
and 2002, Jankovich and the Commodores were
1-7 against UK.
Former Jayhawk Danny Manning is a current
member of KUs staff, serving as Director of
Student-Athlete Development. He played at KU
from 1985-88, facing UK three times during his
career. The Jayhawks were 1-2 during that time.
Current UK assistant Reggie Hanson faced
Kansas twice in his career. One was the infamous
150-95 loss in Lawrence. The other was an 88-71
win in Lexington Hansons senior season. The
senior had 15 points in his win over the Jayhawks.
Jayhawk assistant Kurtis Townsend played his
college ball at Western Kentucky, former school of
UK point guard Patrick Sparks. Townsend also
was a point guard for the Hilltoppers, guiding the
team to the 1980 OVC title. He later was an assistant
at Eastern Kentucky in nearby Richmond.
MEMORABLE UK-KU GAMES
Dec. 14, 1959 - Playing on the road for the
fourth straight game, the Cats snapped their twogame
losing streak with a 77-72 overtime win in
Lawrence. Ned Jennings led UK with 21 points,
while KU star Wayne Hightower had 33 points
and 14 rebounds.
Dec. 9, 1978 - After forcing overtime, the
Cats were down 66-60 with 31 seconds to go
Dwight Anderson scored back-to-back baskets,
then stole the inbounds pass and fed Kyle Macy
for the tying jumper. Macy completed the comeback
by adding a technical free throw when
Kansas called a timeout it didnt have. The
Wildcats won the game 67-66.
Dec. 12, 1981 - Derrick Hord had five points
in overtime as UK defeated Kansas at home for
the fourth consecutive time, 77-74. Jim Master
had 27 points, while Hord finished with 13.
Dec. 31, 1984 - Unranked Kentucky gave one
of its best performances of the season, defeating
No. 12 Kansas, 92-89, in Freedom Hall. Kenny
Walker had 36 points and 19 rebounds, while
Jayhawk Danny Manning led KU with 30 points.
Dec. 16, 1989 - UKs last trip to Lawrence
ended in the second-worst loss in Wildcat history
and the worst in modern history. A highly motivated
Jayhawk team coached by Roy Williams
forced Rick Pitinos debut Wiildcat team into 27
turnovers and a 150-95 loss.
March 14, 1999 - After defeating Kansas 63-
45 in the Great Eight earlier in the season,
defending NCAA champs Kentucky faced off
with the Jayhawks in NCAA second-round action
in New Orleans. Behind a 29-point, 10-rebound
effort from senior Scott Padgett, UK overcame a
five-point deficit with 1:29 left in regulation to
beat Kansas 92-88 in overtime. Down 79-74, UK
forced OT when Wayne Turner sank two free
throws and Padgett driained a three-pointer from
the top of the key. It was all Padgett in overtime
as the Louisville native hit a jumper and five free
throws to secure the win. KUs Ryan Robertson
had a game-high 31 points.
UK VS. BIG 12
Kentucky is 53-7 all-time against current members
of the Big 12 conference. The Wildcats have
played Kansas more than any other Big 12 team.
UK is also 7-0 against Kansas State and 6-0
NEW YEARS CATS
Kentucky owns an all-time record of 533-179 in
the month of January, including a 291-50 record
at home, a 214-122 road record and a 21-7 mark
at neutral sites.
Last year, the Wildcats were 7-1 in the years
first month. The only loss was to No. 2 Kansas,
65-59, on Jan. 9 in Lexington.
MORRIS SITTING OUT FINAL GAME
Randolph Morris is eligible to play beginning
with the Jan. 10 home game against Vanderbilt.
Morris was orginially told he would have to sit
out the entire season after his NBA Draft exploration
last summer, but the NCAA Student-
Athlete Reinstatement staff revisited the decision
and reinstated Morris eligibility with the condition
that he be withheld from 50 percent of the
season (14 games) and required to repay the
impermissible expenses received.
Morris, a sophomore, averaged 8.8 points and
4.2 rebounds in 2004-05.
All-America candidate Rajon Rondo currently
leads UK in scoring (15.1 ppg), rebounding (8.2
ppg), assists (5.3 apg) and steals (2.0 spg).
Rondo grabbed 19 rebounds against Iowa, the
most by a Wildcat in 12 seasons and the most ever
by a UK guard.
Rondo has led UK in rebounding in nine of the
12 games hes played in, and has reached doublefigure
boards four times. Hes collected three double-
doubles on the year.
Setting new highs has become commonplace
this season for the Louisville sophomore. He
recorded his first career double-double (17 points
and 12 rebounds to go with six assists and six
steals) in the season opener against South Dakota
State. He scored a career-high 20 points against
SMITH EARNS 350TH CAREER WIN
UKs 73-61 victory over Louisville on Dec. 17
gave UK coach Tubby Smith his 350th career victory.
With the win, he became the seventh coach
- joining Roy Williams (Kansas), Nolan
Richardson (Tulsa, Arkansas), Denny Crum
(Louisville), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Rick Pitino
(Boston, Providence and UK) and John
Thompson (Georgetown) - to reach the 350-win
mark in 15 seasons or less.
RONDO ON WATCH LISTS
Kentucky guard Rajon Rondo was named one
of the top 50 candidates for both the 2005-06
Wooden Award All-America team, the 2006 John
Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.
The Wooden list, which was voted on by a
national panel, includes returning players only. In
January, the Midseason Top 30 will be
In January, the Naismith Trophy Board of
Selectors will narrow its pre-season list to the Top
30 players in the nation.
Kentucky guard Patrick Sparks is one of 30
nominees for the Senior CLASS Award, sponsored
by Bayer Advantage. Sparks is one of two
Southeastern Conference players on the list,
which was announced Nov. 30.
The award was launched during the 2001-02
season in response to the recent trend of college
basketball players leaving school early to turn professional.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty
and Achievement for Staying in School, the award
was developed to honor seniors for completing
their collegiate athletic eligibility.
UK's Tayshaun Prince, Keith Bogans, Gerald
Fitch and Chuck Hayes have been past nominees.
Last year's winner was Wayne Simien of Kansas.
The nominee list will be trimmed to 10 finalists
by a panel of national media in early February.
The winner will be announced by broadcaster
Dick Enberg at the 2006 Final Four in
ELEVEN FORMER CATS ON NBA ROSTERS
Kentucky has 11 former players currently on
NBA rosters. The players and teams are:
Former Wildcat NBA Team
Derek Anderson Houston
Keith Bogans Charlotte
Tony Delk Atlanta
Gerald Fitch Miami
Jamaal Magloire Milwaukee
Jamal Mashburn Philadelphia
Walter McCarty L.A. Clippers
Nazr Mohammed San Antonio
Scott Padgett New Jersey
Tayshaun Prince Detroit
Antoine Walker Miami
In addition, former UK All-American Pat Riley
is president and interim head coach of the Miami
Heat and former Wildcat Dwane Casey is the
head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Tubby Smith is 27-11 in NCAA Tournament
action in 14 seasons as head coach. His .711 winning
percentage ranks as the sixth-best winning percentage
among active coaches: