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Givens, former Cats recall 1978 title run, prepare for 40-year reunion

Jack Givens shares a laugh Thursday during a press conference featuring members of the team’s 1978 national championship team. The team will be honored during Saturday’s game against Missouri at Rupp Arena. (Keith Taylor Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly four decades since Jack “the Goose” Givens got loose and carried Kentucky to its fifth national championship...

Jamie Vaught: Celebrating Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship team as Feb. 24 reunion approaches

One of my favorite basketball teams at the University of Kentucky is the 1977-78 squad which won the school’s fifth national title. And it happened while I was a student reporter at UK. I have many stories about the 1978 Wildcats, who finished with a 30-2 mark, and several of them have been published in my UK basketball books and newspaper columns over the years. With the forthcoming reunion of...

Jamie Vaught: Return of SEC Tournament in 1979 still provides lots of memories of Cats’ valiant run

There have been numerous flashbacks or memories in the past SEC men’s tournaments, but the 1979 tourney in Birmingham, Ala., will always be a special one to me for three reasons. — It marked the renewal of the conference tournament after an absence of nearly three decades. The last league tourney had taken place in 1952 in Louisville where Adolph Rupp’s Wildcats defeated LSU 44-43 in...