|#17||Carey Spicer (L)||F||Sr.||6-1||-||Lexington, KY (Senior)||All-American [Helms]; All-Southern Conference;|
|#2||Louis McGinnis (L)||F||Sr.||5-9||-||Lexington, KY (High)||All-Southern Conference;|
|#11||George Yates (L)||C||Jr.||6-4||178||Elizabethtown, KY||-|
|#19||Forest Sale (L)||C-F||So.||6-4||-||Lawrenceburg, KY [Kavanaugh School, Lawrenceburg, KY]||-|
|#21||Jake Bronston (L)||G||Sr.||6-0||165||Lexington, KY (Senior)||-|
|-||Darrell Darby (L)||F||So.||5-10||160||Ashland, KY (High)||-|
|-||Bill Congleton||C||So.||6-1||-||Lexington, KY||-|
|#12||Ellis Johnson (L)||G||So.||6-0||185||Ashland, KY (High)||-|
|#5||Charles Worthington (L)||G||So.||6-1||-||St. Louis, MO (University City High)||-|
|#9||Cecil Bell (L)||F||Jr.||5-10||-||Paris, KY (Millersburg Military Institute)||-|
|#18||Bill Trott (L)||G||Sr.||-||-||Evansville, IN (Central)||-|
|#10||William Kleiser||F||Jr.||5-9||16||Lexington, KY (Henry Clay)||-|
|-||Ercel Little||G||Jr.||6-3||185||Tolu, KY||-|
|#16||George Skinner||G||So.||6-1||180||Lexington, KY (Henry Clay)||-|
|-||Milton Cavana||G||Jr.||6-0||166||Iowa Falls, IA||-|
|#8||Lawrence Crump||F||Jr.||5-11||-||Fort Thomas, KY||-|
|-||Dick Richards||C||Jr.||6-0||168||Denver, CO (North)||-|
|-||Allan Lavin||F||So.||5-8||-||Lexington, KY (Athens High)||-|
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Front Row (l to r): Ercel Little, George Yates, Carey Spicer, Forest Sale and Milton "Bud" Cavana
Season Review - Varsity Basketball by Daniel Goodman (Kentuckian)
he Kentucky quintet adapted itself in creditable fashion to the new fast break system used by Coach Adolph Rupp, and, winning favor from sports writers throughout the South during the season, with Captain Carey Spicer leading southern scorers, succeeded in placing three of its men on the Associated Press' first all-Southern team, after the tournament tilts. With George Yates, stalwart center, making himself almost the unanimous choice for the all-Southern center position, Louis 'Lil' McGinnis led his team mates and all others in the , tournament for scoring honors, and Carey Spicer followed closely to capture third place. Jake Bronston, sturdy guard for the 'Cats, won much praise from critics of the game in the South, while Ellis Johnson, sophomore guard, who was prevented by injury from playing in the last games of the season, and Charles Worthington, another sophomore who became a regular guard in the last games of the season, displayed ability which marked them as worthy of the team which brought so much fame to the Blue Grass.
Bill Trott, another guard on the Kentucky five, proved a valuable man on the squad, while Darrell Darby and Aggie Sale, sophomore forwards, won much favorable comment, whenever called upon to aid the 'Cats in their fight for a conference victory.
Kentucky 67, Georgetown 19
Inaugurating a new system of basketball playing at Kentucky with the opening game of the season against Georgetown College Tigers, the Wildcats came out of the big end of the horn, by a score of 67 to 19. Coach Rupp used his entire squad of 17 players to trample the Tigers on the hardwood floor. Although the game was somewhat of a typical first season affair, with both teams playing erratic ball, it was evident that the Kentucky five was superior. Sale, playing his first game for the varsity, was high point man for the evening with 19 points, while McGinnis was second with 16 tallies.
Kentucky 42, Marshall 26
The second game of the season was a charity game played with Marshall College, of West Virginia, which was held during the Christmas holidays. The Wildcats were subjected to a slight scare, but came out with the long end of the score on their side, 42 to 26. McGinnis and Yates were the high scorers for Kentucky, getting 15 and 13, respectively.
Kentucky 41, Berea 25
The Big Blue team won its third consecutive victory of the season by defeating the Berea College five by a 41 to 25 score. The game was marked by bad passes and repeated misses, especially the first half. In the second half, Sale, who replaced Captain Spicer at forward and who was later moved to center when Yates was pulled, displayed a remarkable ability under the basket, and was high scorer with 16 points. McGinnis was next highest with a total of 13 tallies. Both Jake Bronston and Ellis Johnson gave an exhibition of adeptness at breaking up close-in passes and taking the ball off the backboard.
Kentucky 33, Clemson 21
Kentucky 31, Tennessee 23
A crowd of more than 10,000 fans, one of the largest ever to witness a basketball game in the University gymnasium, saw the Wildcats defeat the Volunteers from the University of Tennessee by a score of 31 to 23 in the second consecutive conference victory for the Kentucky team. The Tennessee five was forced to resort to blocking when it could not solve the fast breaking offense used by the 'Cats. The Volunteers had the lead on the Big Blue for most of the first period, but the 'Cats, coming from behind just before the bell rang, held the topmost position at the rest period, 16 to 15. In the second half, Kentucky was master of the hardwood, outscoring the Volunteers by 7 to 2 field goals. At the end, McGinnis was leading scorer of the evening, with 10 points. Spicer and Yates tied for second with 8 points. Coach Rupp made only one substitution, allowing Kleiser to play for Spicer in the first period long enough to give the Wildcat captain some instructions. Kentucky committed eight fouls, while Tennessee committed 14.
Kentucky 55, Chattanooga 18
The last non-conference tilt for the Big Blue was with the Moccasins of Chattanooga who were trampled by the overwhelming score of 55 to 18. Spicer was high point man, with 13 baskets, while Yates and McGinnis tied for second.
Kentucky 42, Vanderbilt 37
In the third Southern Conference tilt, the Wildcats met the Vanderbilt Commodores, and put up a brilliant last half to win by a 42 to 37 score. Spicer was again the outstanding man on the floor, piling up the enormous total of 27 points. The floor work of McGinnis and the close guarding of Bronston and Johnson featured the game.
Kentucky 36, Tennessee 32
The greatest scare of the season thus far came when the University of Tennessee Volunteers overcame an 18 point lead to tie the 'Cats at the bell, only to be put down to a 36 to 32 defeat after the five-minute play-off. Spicer and Worthington saved the day for the 'Cats in the extra period, throwing in one field goal each.
Kentucky 23, Washington & Lee 18
Kentucky 38, Georgia Tech 34
In one of the fastest games of the season, the Kentucky netters upset the Golden Tornado of Georgia Tech by a score of 38 to 34. Captain Carey Spicer was high point man, with a total of 20 points. Georgia Tech took the lead at the beginning of the game, but first one team and then another held it throughout the game. Long shots featured the playing on both sides.
Georgia 25, Kentucky 16
The Kentucky team suffered its first defeat of the season by losing to the Georgia Bulldogs by a 25 to 16 score. The defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs caused Kentucky to drop to second place in the Southern Conference standing, with the Bulldogs holding the top post. 'Little' McGinnis was high scorer for Kentucky, with 6 points, while Yates followed with 4.
Clemson 29, Kentucky 26
The Wildcats suffered their second defeat of the season at the hands of the Clemson Tigers, who upset the dope bucket by emerging with the long end of a 29 to 26 score. Spicer led in scoring honors, with 12 points.
Kentucky 35, Georgia Tech 15
After losing two games on two consecutive nights, the Wildcats regained their former stride to trample the Georgia Tech Tornado by the decisive score of 35 to 16. George Yates was high point man and outstanding player of the evening, scoring 12 baskets.
Kentucky 43, Vanderbilt 23
Playing their last game of the season in the university gymnasium, the Wildcats trounced the Commodores from Vanderbilt University by a score of 43 to 23. Carey Spicer, playing his last home game for Kentucky, proved a bugbear for the Commodores, and was high point man of the evening, with 14 points. 'Lil' Mac, also playing his last home game, made 9 baskets.
Kentucky 33, North Carolina State 28
The Kentucky netmen started off with considerable force in the first rounds of the Southern Conference tournament in Atlanta, Georgia, to down the Wolf Pack from North Carolina State by a score of 33 to 28. George Yates, although suffering with an attack of flu, proved to be the Kentucky flash for the evening, tying with his team mates Spicer and McGinnis with 10 points each for scoring honors.
Kentucky 35, Duke 30
Playing in the second round of the tournament, Kentucky took sweet revenge from the Duke University Blue Devils for a defeat in the semi-finals of the 1930 tournament, by upsetting the Devils to win by a 35 to 30 score. The Blue Devils put up stiff resistance in the second half, outscoring the Cats 20 to 12, but failing to overcome the lead which McGinnis aided the 'Cats to acquire by scoring 14 points in the first half. 'Little' Mac's total score for the evening was 18, placing him at the top in the tournament scoring column.
Kentucky 56, Florida 35
Setting a record for team scoring during the tournament as well as an individual scoring record, the Kentucky Wildcats trampled the Alligators from the University of Florida by a 56 to 35 score in the semi-finals of the Southern Conference tournament held in Atlanta, Georgia. Spicer, Captain of the Big Blue, set the individual scoring record for the tournament by amassing the tremendous total of 22 points during the fracas. Yates scored 16 points, while McGinnis threw in 13 tallies. Coach Rupp took out his regulars in the last minutes of the second half, and the auditorium rocked with cheers as the boys left the hardwood.
Kentucky 27, Maryland 29
After rising to such heights as to almost see victory gleaming only a few seconds away, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, having succeeded in reaching the finals of the tournament by decisive scores, lost a game which would have given them the championship of the Southern Conference, to the Old Liners of the University of Maryland, by a score of 29 to 27. The 'Cats were in the lead only one time during the game, but that one lead was just one minute before the final bell, and it was only a combination of two of the most spectacular plays ever seen on the hardwood which enabled the Old Liners to regain their lead and capture the victory. Maryland outplayed Kentucky in the first half. A brilliant field goal exhibition by Bronston and McGinnis, revived the Wildcats' lost vigor, and enabled them to climb toward the position which tied the score at 25 all, just two minutes before the game ended. It was 'Lil' McGinnis who then threw in a field goal from the sidelines, giving Kentucky the lead, 27 to 25. But Maryland's center tossed in a neat goal, again tying the score. The ball went back to center. Berger, guard for the Old Liners, took the tip-off, and fired from the middle of the floor. The ball sailed through the net, and Kentucky's hopes were sunk. The bell sounded before play could be resumed.
Captain Carey Spicer and "Little" McGinnis, the two retiring Wildcat star forwards have both established enviable records. Spicer is one of the nation's outstanding leaders. He led his teammates to twelve victories out of only fourteen contests in the regular playing season and went to the Southern Conference tournament as one of the South's high point basketeers. "Little" McGinnis, Kentucky's midget star, has never received the credit he deserved. He has always played a good consistent game for Kentucky. In the tournament, as in the regular playing season, "Little Mac" proved to be too much for his husky opponents and emerged as its highest scorer. Spicer is also a well known veteran of the gridiron.
George Yates and Jake Bronston, the co-captains of the 1932 Wildcat team, emerged with a "bang" from last year's substitute line-up and undoubtedly played their part in carrying the team through a very successful season and up to the finals in the Southern Conference tournament. Yates won the admiration of the multitudes when he went to the tournament and played in every game with a high fever. Kentucky's supporters held their breaths for fear that each hard fought game would put him out of the lineup, but each time he came back with the same fight and determination which undoubtedly won him his well-deserved position on the Mystic Five. Jake went through the whole season with the ease and consistency which characterize his game. He is one of the few athletes who seems never to have an "off-night."
Opening the season with a total of six games scheduled, the freshmen of the University of Kentucky came out on top in the first encounter by defeating the Kentucky Wesleyan frosh by a score of 44 to 18, and continued throughout the season to emerge with what might be called a fairly successful season by winning five of the six games, the last with the Blue Devils of Henry Clay high school by a score of 28 to 19. The Kittens' two defeats were at the hands of the Eastern frosh, who downed the Greenies on two occasions, and succeeded to do other teams in like manner, winning the frosh championship of Kentucky with a perfect record.
In the first game of the season, the Kittens went into an easy lead and succeeded in holding it throughout the game. Neal led the attack for the Greenies, with a total of 17 points. DeMoisey was second, with 11 tallies.
The Kittens were subjected to their first defeat of the season in the second game on schedule, when they lost to the Eastern frosh by a score of 22 to 21. The score was tied twice in the first half and twice in the second, with the lead see-sawing from one team to another. Polsgrove was high point man of the evening, getting 8 baskets.
After losing to the Eastern team. the Greenies came back into good form and emerged from an encounter with the frosh of the University of Louisville, victorious by a score of 42 to 22. George led the Kitten attack, running up a total of 13 points.
In the fourth contest of the season, the Kittens faced the University of Louisville basketeers for the second time, and for the second time, also, were on top at the final bell, winning by a 32 to 18 score. The entire team played consistent ball, Polsgrove leading the scorers with 10 points.
When the Kittens faced the Eastern frosh for the second time of the season, the Greenies were again subject to the same superior team which had downed them for their only defeat, and were forced to submit to an 18 to 13 defeat. Kercheval and Polsgrove were leaders for the Kentucky Kittens.
Going into the last game of the season with the dope on their side because they were playing a somewhat smaller team the frosh of the University of Kentucky used their superior size to subject the Blue Devils 'of Henry Clay high school of Lexington to a 29 to 19 defeat. DeMoisey, Polsgrove, and George all showed up well for the Greenies. DeMoisey was high point man for the Kittens, with 11 baskets.