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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Relive the 2011-12 UK basketball season
with look at the stories that defined it


It’s unlikely that any UK fan will forget the 2011-12 men’s basketball season anytime soon. In addition to winning the program’s eighth national championship, the Wildcats featured the first consensus National Player of the Year in program history, set a variety of school, Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournament records and featured as many as six NBA first-round draft picks. You can relieve the season below with like to KyForward’s basketball coverage from June through April. Each link takes you to the story listed by headline. Game recaps are listed in bold.



John Calipari signs new eight-year contract


UK basketball player Jon Hood tears ACL; timetable for return to team is uncertain


UK men’s basketball freshmen prepared
to live up to reputation of previous classes


Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb return to UK
with hopes of winning national championship


Presence of NBA stars around Lexington
offers valuable experience for current Cats


Darius Miller prepares for senior season
after witnessing turnaround in program


UK point guard transfers work to improve
while waiting to become eligible for Wildcats


Jon Hood works to overcome knee injury,
return to court for junior season at UK


#WeAreUK: Family atmosphere propels
UK basketball program under John Calipari


UK basketball prepares for 2011-12 season
with unconventional identity, talented roster


UK men’s, women’s basketball teams
kickoff 2011-12 season at Big Blue Madness


New pick-and-roll may be latest wrinkle
in John Calipari’s dribble-drive offense


Regular Season

Terrence Jones’ 52 points highlight
offense-heavy Blue-White scrimmage


UK overcomes early slow start, runs away
with 97-53 win over Transylvania University


UK drops Morehouse in 125-40 romp


Wildcats roll through season opener by 50


UK basketball player Stacey Poole to transfer


Wildcats use early second-half run to earn
10-point win over No. 12 Kansas in NYC


Explosive first half leads UK basketball
to blowout 85-47 win over Penn State


UK takes lead with late first-half run,
holds on for 62-52 win vs. ODU, tourney title


UK rides strong defensive effort
to 88-40 win over Radford, 5-0 start


Wildcats post fewest turnovers since 1993
in 87-63 win over Portland in Rupp Arena


UK basketball ranked No. 1 in the polls,
but players says they have plenty to prove


Possible addition of two conference games
has John Calipari rethinking UK schedule


UK freshman Anthony Davis swats Wildcats
into record-book in win over St. John’s


Late block, impressive second-half shooting
lead No. 1 UK to 73-72 win over No. 5 UNC


Hoosiers hand Wildcats first loss of year
on buzzer-beater in front of raucous crowd


UK issues statement saying school won’t
support using state funds for Rupp changes


UK earns blowout win versus Chattanooga
but Calipari unhappy with effort, toughness


With UK classes out for winter break
Calipari hopes Cats use extra time to bond


No Jones, no problem for Wildcats
in 82-50 romp of Samford Tuesday


Intrigue about Calipari’s breakfast club grows
as players give conflicting reports about group


UK freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist taking
leadership role, bringing intensity to Wildcats


Kyle Wiltjer sparks second-half run
to lead UK to 87-63 win versus Loyola


Kidd-Gilchrist excels on court despite
mother’s hospitalization prior to Christmas


Calipari unhappy with performance, but Cats
take care of business in advance of UofL game


Terrence Jones returns from injury vs. Lamar,
but Calipari says he still needs to improve


Poor shooting, turnovers, fouls can’t stop
Wildcats in 69-62 win versus Louisville


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continues to step up
with best game of young career vs. Louisville


Wildcats overcome dismal first half
for second-half blowout of UALR


Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague lead Cats
to 79-64 win vs. South Carolina in SEC opener


UK freshman Anthony Davis swatting
his way into UK, SEC record books


UK uses late run for road win vs. Auburn


For Anthony Davis, blocks come naturally,
despite record-setting pace as freshman


Wildcats come from behind again on road
with late run to earn 65-62 win vs. Vols


Block party: Davis sets UK record
as Wildcats rout Arkansas 86-63


Calipari compares Davis with Marcus Camby,
but stats say UK freshman may be even better


Clutch free-throw shooting in final minute
ensures Wildcats earn close win vs. Alabama


Wildcats downplay rankings’ significance
as team returns to No. 1 in both polls


Sharp first-half shooting helps Cats
earn 20th win with victory at Georgia


Wildcats have no problem with LSU
in 24-point win in Baton Rouge


Wildcats don’t miss in first 11 minutes,
use stifling defense to blowout Tennessee


UK’s Anthony Davis posting historical
rebounding rate, field goal percentage


Davis sets SEC freshman block record
as Wildcats rout South Carolina 86-52


Hot shooting, stifling defense leads Cats
to 20-point win versus No. 8 Florida


Marquis Teague improving play as Cats
hit stride with undefeated SEC record


Wildcats turn back second-half rally
to earn 69-63 win versus Vanderbilt


Wildcats host nationally televised scrimmage
in hopes of staying sharp before Sat. game


Wiltjer, Miller come off the bench to help
Wildcats extend home winning streak to 50


Double-digit halftime deficit no problem
for Wildcats in come-from-behind win


Behind career game from Anthony Davis,
Cats hold off Commodores in 83-74 win


Darius Miller prepares to play last game
at Rupp after helping turn around program


Torrid shooting from three-point range
propels Cats to blowout win on senior night


Cats beat Gators to close regular season,
finish program’s third undefeated SEC season


Anthony Davis named SEC Player of Year;
Darius Miller, John Calipari also honored


SEC Tournament

SEC tourney has little appeal for Calipari,
but Cats head to New Orleans planning to win


UK escapes first SEC tournament game
with come-from-behind win vs. LSU


Second-half run leads UK past Florida
to advance to SEC Tournament final


Streak snapped: UK drops first game
since December in SEC Tourney final


NCAA Tournament

Wildcats earn NCAA No. 1 overall seed,
will open NCAA tourney play in Louisville


Wildcats set to face Hilltoppers in tourney,
hope to build on loss in SEC championship


Hilltoppers no problem for Wildcats
in opening win in NCAA Tournament


Terrence Jones stepping up for Wildcats
in time for attempt to return to Final Four


Three-point shooting, strong defense spur
second-half run to lead UK past Iowa State


John Calipari downplays revenge factor
as Cats prepare for rematch with Hooisers


Coaches say both teams have improved
as UK, Indiana prepare for rematch


Tom Crean, John Calipari friends off court,
but have no qualms about doing battle on it


Fast pace, nearly perfect free-throw shooting
helps Cats avenge loss to Hooisers in tourney


Current Wildcats’ run together winding down
as team knows some will move on after season


Wildcats hoping to run, play fast against
Baylor team that might match athleticism


Wildcats use first-half run, strong defense
to blow past Baylor to the Final Four


Final Four

Calipari downplaying UK’s status as favorite
in talented, history-laden Final Four field


Cats hoping Final Four experience will help
correct mistakes from last season’s loss


Wildcats know both teams have changed
since December win versus Louisville


From stands to dialysis center, rivalry
captivates fans, but doesn’t affect teams


Calipari, Pitino rivalry grown over the years,
but coaches say they have cordial relationship


Anthony Davis picks up more hardware,
but teammates impressed as he stays humble


Cats ready for physical game vs. Cards,
ready to stop talking, start playing


Cats overcome second-half UofL rally,
use late run to advance to title game


Darius Miller has chance to play for title,
after big three helps Cats put away Cards


Final Four notebook: Calipari not concerned
about Cats recent slump at free-throw line


NCAA top players Davis, Robinson, face off
in title game, but likely won’t go head-to-head


UK players hoping to write different ending
for Calipari as he faces Kansas for title again


Super Eight: Kansas no match for Wildcats
as UK holds off Jayhawks for championship


John Calipari happy to win first title,
so topic of not winning is no longer issue


Photo gallery: Cats celebrate title


Fans fill Rupp Arena for raucus welcome
home of the victorious Cats and their trophy