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Kentucky wins SEC Tournament, 1988

Posted on March 9, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Ed Davender, left, held the trophy as University of Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton, Rex Chapman and Winston Bennett celebrated after the team won the SEC Tournament, March 13, 1988 in Baton Rouge, La. No. 6 Kentucky, the regular-season champion, beat Georgia 62-57, giving the Cats their 17th conference tournament title. However as part of NCAA sanctions imposed upon the program in 1989, the presidents of the SEC schools voted to strip Kentucky of its regular season and tournament championships. Kentucky opens play in the 2018 SEC Tournament today. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

University of Kentucky guard Rex Chapman got a boost from teammates Richard Madison, left, and Winston Bennett as he cut down a net after Kentucky captured the SEC Tournament title, March 13, 1988 in Baton Rouge, La. Chapman, the tournament’s most valuable player, finished with 23 points and twice hit both ends of the bonus in the last 16 seconds to clinch the victory. The win extended UK’s steak to seven. During that winning streak, the sophomore was nothing short of phenomenal. He hit 58.9 percent of his shots. He hit 56.3 percent (18 of 32) of his three-pointers. He averaged 19.5 points and 3.3 assists. UK ended the year at 27-6, losing to Villanova in the Southeast Regional Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. However as part of sanctions imposed upon the program in 1989, the NCAA ordered UK to erase it’s three tournament games from the record, thus changing their official record to 25-5. Photo by Stephen Castleberry | staff

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