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UK basketball honors 100 players, Fantasy Five team, 2003

Posted on January 23, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

In conjunction with the celebration of the University of Kentucky’s 100th basketball season, 100 former UK lettermen were honored at halftime of the Cats’ Feb. 23, 2003, game against Mississippi State at Rupp Arena. UK, then called State College, began playing basketball on Feb. 6, 1903. The team lost to Georgetown, 15-6. That year, they played only three games, winning one. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

As part of the centennial celebration, UK unveiled a Fantasy Five team during halftime of the Cats’ 70-62 win over visiting Mississippi State. From left are three members of that team: Jack Givens (1974-78, who led the Cats to the 1978 NCAA title), Dan Issel (1967-70, UK’s career scoring leader) and Kyle Macy (1977-80, a three-time All-American). Jamal Mashburn (1990-93, sixth on all-time scoring list) and Tony Delk (1992-96, named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player while leading Cats to its sixth national title) also were named to the team but couldn’t attend because of NBA obligations. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

Former Kentucky player Melvin Turpin walked off the court with former coach Joe B. Hall after the 100 former lettermen were honored during halftime of the Cats’ game against Mississippi State. Turpin, a Lexington native, played center for Hall from 1980-84, leading the Cats to the 1984 Final Four. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

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