FLASHBACK | February 15, 1994

Front Row (l to r): Administrative Asst. Jeff Morrow, Manager John Farris, Manager Vincent Tatum, Tony Delk, Anthony Epps, Travis Ford, Jeff Brassow, Chris Harrison, Jeff Sheppard, Equipment Manager Bill Keightley, Manager Ken Gayheart, Student Trainer Dan HackerBack Row: Asst. Coach Delray Brooks, Asst. Coach Bernadette Locke-Mattox, Head Coach Rick Pitino, Rodrick Rhodes, Gimel Martinez, Andre Riddick, Rodney Dent, Walter McCarty, Jared Prickett, Associate Coach Billy Donovan, Strength/Conditioning Coach Shaun Brown, Asst. Strength/Conditioning Coach Tommy Boyd, Trainer JoAnn Hauser1994-1995 Kentucky Wildcats

On this date in history, our very own Kentucky Wildcats made the Greatest Comeback in NCAA basketball History.

Down 31 points with with 15 minutes 30 seconds to play, the Cats closed the gap to defeat Louisiana State, 99-95, at Baton Rouge, La.

“I can’t believe it,” Kentucky Coach Rick Pitino said. “I know I’ve never, ever witnessed anything like it.”

Duke held the record for the largest comeback when it rallied from a 56-27 halftime deficit to beat Tulane by 74-72 on Dec. 30, 1950.

L.S.U. led by 48-32 at halftime and used an 18-0 run to take a 31-point lead before the second half was five minutes old, but Kentucky scored 24 of the next 28 points. The Wildcats cut the lead to 82-74 on McCarty’s steal underneath and dunk with 6:25 left.

Pitino may have had some doubts, but Travis Ford didn’t. The point guard had 10 points, 12 assists and one big motivational speech.

“I pulled everyone together and I said, ‘We’re down 31 and we’re not leaving this building without a win. We’re going to win this game no matter what. I’ll stay here all night,’ ” Ford said. “And everyone said, ‘You’re right,’ and everyone stepped up their play.”

Walter McCarty’s 3-pointer with 19 seconds left gave the 11th-ranked Wildcats a 96-95 lead, their first since 1-0.

The Cats never looked back and finished LSU off, 99-95.

It was and probably will always be, the greatest Comeback in College basketball History…

Box Score


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