Monday, April 03, 2017

On This Day In UK Basketball History ~ The Goose Was Golden

UK 1977-78 NCAA Championship Team
Kentucky 94 - Duke 88
March 27, 1978 - St. Louis
UK's 1977-78 Record: 30-2

Senior Jack Givens put on one of the finest individual performances in NCAA Championship history in leading the Wildcats past the Blue Devils.

With many fans among the crowd of 18,721 chanting "GOOSE, GOOSE," Givens scored 41 points, three short of the record for a championship game, to help the Wildcats to their fifth NCAA title and first in 20 years.

Givens' dominance was clearly evident in the first half as he scored 23 points, including UK's last 16 of the half, to turn a 29-28 UK lead into a 45-38 cushion. It was a deficit from which the Blue Devils would not recover.

Overall, Givens made 18 of 27 field goal attempts, five of eight free throws and added eight rebounds and three assists.

BOX SCORE

Kentucky 
PLAYER MIN FG FT REB A PF TP
Givens 37 18-27 5-8 8 3 4 41
Robey 32 8-11 4-6 11 0 2 20
Phillips 11 1-4 2-2 2 1 5 4
Macy 38 3-3 3-4 0 8 1 9
Claytor 24 3-5 2-4 0 3 2 8
Lee 20 4-8 0-0 4 2 4 8
Shidler 16 1-5 0-1 1 3 3 2
Aleksinas 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
Williams 10 1-3 0-0 4 0 2 2
Cowan 8 0-2 0-0 2 0 1 0
Stephens 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Courts 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Gettelfinger 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Casey 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 0
TOTALS 200 39-58 16-25 32 20 26 94

Duke
PLAYER MIN FG FT REB A PF TP
Banker 37 6-12 10-12 8 2 2 22
Dennard 30 5-7 0-0 8 2 5 12
Gminski 37 6-16 8-8 12 2 3 20
Harrell 24 2-2 0-0 0 1 3 4
Spanarkel 40 8-16 5-6 2 3 4 21
Suddath 9 1-3 2-3 2 0 1 2
Bender 17 1-2 5-5 1 4 3 7
Goetsch 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0
TEAM 0
TOTALS 200 29-59 30-59 35 14 22 88

Technicals - Duke Bench
Halftime: UK 45 - Duke 38
Final: Kentucky 94 - Duke 88

Final Record: Won: 30; Lost: 2
Head Coach: Joe B. Hall
Assistant Coaches: Dick Parsons, Leonard Hamilton, Joe Dean Jr., Frank Ramsey
Final Ranking: 1st by AP and 1st by UPI
Notes: NCAA Champions; SEC Champions; Participated in the Mideast Region of the NCAA Tournament





UK 1977-78 NCAA Champions
Front Row: Coach Joe Hall, Jay Shidler, Dwane Casey, Kyle Macy, Jack Givens, Tim Stephens, Chris Gettelfinger, Truman Claytor, Asstistant Coach Dick Parsons Second Row: Asstistant Trainer Walt McCombs, Manager Don Sullivan, LaVon Williams, Scott Courts, Mike Phillips, Rick Robey, Chuck Aleksinas, Fred Cowan, James Lee, Asstistant Coach Leonard Hamilton, Asstistant Coach Joe Dean Jr.

UK 1977-78 Roster1977-78 Schedule & Results

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