2002-03 University of Kentucky season averages
- 78.3 PPG
- 51.0% FG (203-398) 44.0% FG (180-409)
- 39.7% 3 pt (46-116) 37.0% 3 pt
- 34.0 Reb
- A/T 109 to 100
A/T 92 to 106
- Steals 55
- Blocks 35
- Coach: Orlando "Tubby" Smith. 6th Season
(137-45) 256-105 lifetime.
- 2001-02 record: 24-10 (12-4 SEC, T-1st)Home: 11-1,
Away: 6-5, Neutral: 7-4. Co-Southeastern
- 2002-03 record to date 6-2 with loses coming to UVA in the second
round of the Maui Classic and at home to MSU. UK has two big wins at
then #14 UNC in Chapel Hill and then #6 IU at Freedom Hall in
- Knocked out of 01-02 NCAA Tournament in the semi-final of the east
regional by eventual National Champion Maryland.
With Hawkins, Camara and Daniels watching from the sideline, UK began the season on shaky ground, especially were they were where already shallow, the point. After a last second shot by Senior Keith Bogans against Athlete's in Action, a 9 point loss to Team Nike, a pre-season injury to Camara and the NCAA 4 game suspension of utility man Daniels UK fans began the season wringing their collective hands. The faithful, in true UK fashion, became concerned that teams would not roll over and play dead because they are UK. Combine those troubles with the fact that Hawkins would not be academically eligible until the IU game (speculation at the time was that he would be hard pressed to do so at all) December looked to to be a long month for the Cats.
UK opened their season in Maui with a win against ASU and fans seemed encouraged by the game. However, a trashing the next night at the hands of UVA left many Cat fans scratching their heads and again the Tubby naysayers began their anti-Tubby chants.
Wins against Gonzaga in their last game in Maui and first game back for Camara, Tubby's alma mater High Point and in a 4-4 performance from Daniels after his suspension UK notched an impressive win in Chapel Hill against a green UNC team and a ho-hum win against a Shawn Finney coached and C-USA team Tulane.
UK let their guard down against MSU and then came to play in a solid win against then #6 IU leaving this UL fan concerned about what will surely be a clash as Louisville has confidence and momentum as does UK.
Bottom line is that the young Cards are in for what is by far their biggest challenge to date in UK. If the Cards can get UK big man M. Estill in early foul trouble and Camara can't pick up the slack summarily forcing UK to look outside, the Cats would be forced to double up on Stone and also try to keep tough Ellis Myles off the boards leaving Louisville's solid outside shooters open looks. If those shots go down, it could be a long day for the Cats as they will have to adjust leaving the block to but one UK defender. IF the outside shots don't fall, UofL will not only have to have big games from Stone and Myles, but get some quality hustle minutes from reserve big men Dartez and the energetic George.
Stone, Gaines and 19,000 Cardinal fans come up big late and pull through a close one in similar fashion to the UC game at the hall last year. Yes it's true, the football curse holds true again this season.. Cards win a squeeker over the Cats, 78-74.
Key players lost
- T. Prince (17.5 ppg) NBA First Round pick of the
- R. Carruth (5.5 ppg) Transferred to Oklahoma.
- JP Blevins (2.1 ppg) Graduated.
- J. Parker (Injured 2001-02, dismissed prior to start of season. Parker has since transferred to SEC rival South Carolina)
- K. Bogans #10 (6-5, G, Senior 33.1 min 19.3 ppg 2.9 rpg)
- G. Fitch #04 (6-3, G, Junior 31.4 min 13.1 ppg 2.9 rpg)
- C. Hayes #44 (6-6, F, Sophomore 27.7 min 7.4 ppg 5.4
- J. Camara #40 (6-11, F, Senior 26.7 min 9.3 ppg
- M. Estill #50 (6-9, C, Senior 24.3 min 12.4 ppg 5.1 rpg)
Key Reserves Average more than 10 minutes and played in all games to date.
- E. Daniels # 14 (6-8, F, Junior 20.3 min 8.7 ppg 4.7
- K. Azubuike #24 (6-5, G/F, Freshman 12.4 min 5.9 ppg
- B. Stockton #03 (5-9, G, Freshman 8.1 min 2.3 ppg 1.4
- Honorable mentions, J. Carrier (6 games played, 10.1 mins 1.0
ppg) and B. Cote (7 games played, 6.6 mins 0.9 ppg)
- UofL is 4-5 in Freedom Hall againest UK, last playing in a 62-64
squeeker loss for the Cards during Denny Crum's final season at UL in
2000-01. First UL/UK game at the Hall was the first game of the season for
the Cards in 1984. Louisville lost that game 44-69 to the then #2 ranked
- Last season, UK ranked #1 in average fan attendance at 21,014 over 15 games while Louisville came in at #2 averaging 18,929 over 19 games.<