Lift Mills, who is 6'10" and weighs 240? You're joking, right?
"No," said Vaught. "I'm serious."
THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN
Over the years, Kentucky has been on the winning side of so many blowouts that it seemed strange last Saturday to hear Wildcat guard Derrick Miller accuse Kansas coach Roy Williams of running up the score in a record-shattering 150-95 Jayhawk victory in Lawrence. The 55-point loss was Kentucky's second worst-ever, surpassed only by a 70-point drubbing by Central University in 1910. Told that Williams had said he felt sorry for the Wildcats, whose talent has been ravaged by NCAA probation, Miller said, "It's a fine time to say that—after the game. They definitely ran it up. I think Williams did it deliberately."
In his own defense, Williams said that Kentucky coach Rick Pitino had pressed the entire game instead of dropping back into a halfcourt zone that would have slowed the tempo. "I'm not going to embarrass them by holding the ball [after beating the press] or handing it to them or something," said Williams, whose team took its lumps last season when it was on probation.
True to a pledge Pitino made before the season, the Wildcats kept firing three-point shots, but their attempts to fall back and stop the swarming Jay-hawks were futile. Pitino said, "They wanted blood and they got it." That was as close as he would come to criticizing Williams.
Pitino had promised that his up-tempo style would create some victories—Kentucky was a surprising 3-1 going into the game—but he had also warned that there would be nights when good teams would blow the Wildcats out. Still, the game was a tough one for the proud Pitino, whose cockiness is certain to make his team even more of a target for those eager to kick the Wildcats when they're down this season. "I've had several bad losses, but nothing this bad," Pitino said. "We're a down team now, and we deserve to be down. I could have slowed it down and not gotten anything out of this game. We had to get our fannies drilled. You have to learn lessons while you are rebuilding."
The debacle set up an interesting grudge game for next season, when Kansas plays in Lexington. By then Pitino should have more firepower, while the Jayhawks will be without four seniors from this season's team.
HAIRDOS AND HAIR DON'TS
In each of the past two seasons, Cleveland State guard William Stanley has sported a self-styled, one-of-a-kind hairdo. In 1987-88 it was a half-foot-high flattop. Last season he went to a bilevel box cut. This season, as a senior, Stanley has outdo'ed himself.