Monday, March 15, 1999

Miami, UK danced in '78 tournament

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Miami and Kentucky have been down the road to the Final Four together before.

        In 1978, when the NCAA Tournament field was 32 teams and before the phrase “Sweet 16” had been coined, Miami and Kentucky met in the Mideast Regional second round in Dayton.

        UK, which would go on to win the national championship, beat Miami 91-69.

        The Wildcats took advantage of the smaller Redskins. UK owned a 36-21 edge on the boards, and big men Rick Robey and Mike Phillips combined for 38 points on 17-for-21 shooting. Goose Givens led UK with nine rebounds.

        “Going in, we feared their physical strength inside,” Miami coach Darrell Hedric told The Enquirer afterward. “And it happened ... They were awesome.”

        UK shot .621 from the field, making 41-of-66 shots.

        Miami, which earned the UK showdown by beating defending national champion Marquette 84-81 in overtime, got 18 points and eight rebounds from forward Randy Ayers, now a member of the school's Hall of Fame. Rick Goins scored 12 points, Archie Aldridge 11 and John Shoemaker 10 for Miami.

        Miami finished that season 19-9.

        UK went on to beat Magic Johnson-led Michigan State 52-49 in the regional final, then beat Arkansas 64-59 in the semifinals and Duke 94-88 in the national title game.


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