|-||James McFarland (L)||F||Jr.||5-10||-||Lexington, KY (Senior)||-|
|-||Will Milward (L)||C||Jr.||-||-||Lexington, KY (Senior)||-|
|-||Lovell Underwood (L)||C-F||Jr.||6-3||-||Lexington, KY (Senior)||-|
|-||C. Foster Helm (L)||C-F||So.||-||-||Lexington, KY (Senior)||-|
|-||Charles Alberts (L)||G||Jr.||-||-||Winchester, KY (High)||-|
|-||Burgess Carey (L)||G||Jr.||6-0||195||Lexington, KY (Senior)||All-American [Helms];|
|-||Charles Hughes (L)||C/F||Sr.||-||-||Repton, KY (Morton-Elliott Academy (Elkton))||-|
|-||Len Tracy||G||Jr.||-||-||Lexington, KY (Senior)||-|
|-||William King||F||Sr.||5-11||140||Lexington, KY (Senior)||-|
|-||Karl Rohs||C-F||Sr.||-||-||Cynthiana, KY||-|
|-||A. T. Rice||G||Sr.||-||-||Paris, KY||-|
|-||Hubert White||G||Sr.||5-11||170||Williamsburg, KY||-|
|-||Henry Besuden||C||So.||-||-||Winchester, KY (Clark County)||-|
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Seated (l to r): C. Foster Helm, Charles Hughes, James McFarland, Charles Alberts
Season Review - Basketball, 1924-25 (Kentuckian)
Kentucky opened its basketball season with a colorful victory over Cincinnati at the New Gym. The score was 28 to 23. The entire Wildcats team showed good early season form, and predictions for a championship team were rife. Carey, at back guard, had developed into a wonderful player, and Kentucky enthusiasts were well pleased.
Our next game was with Indiana, and Kentucky lost a hard-fought contest, 20 to 18. Indiana, runners-up in the conference race last year, had a powerful quintet. Despite the absence of McFarland during the greater part of the contest, the Wildcats put up a superb brand of ball.
From the Indiana game until the end of the season, the Wildcat quintet played a rather mediocre brand of ball. At times the Blue and White would rise to great heights and display its real skill and strength. The contest with Tulane was one of the best ever played at Lexington. The green-clad warriors from the Louisiana school came to the Blue Grass with a powerful aggregation. They were hailed as probable Southern champions, having defeated everybody in the South and lost only one contest. Coach Applegran's men literally played Tulane off its feet and came through with a great 25 to 18 victory. Kentucky was right, and all fandom was eagerly awaiting the Southern tournament. Georgetown was our next opponent, and we defeated them by a large score. Tennessee came to Lexington and threw a scare into the Wildcat camp when they garnered an eight-point lead before our boys could score. With but three minutes to play in the first half, the Mountaineers were leading, 13 to 1. Kentucky staged a great comeback in the second half, and won, 26 to 23. This was not the kind of ball that wins tournaments, and Kentucky supporters were worried. The next contest with Centre was a walk-away for State. The Gold and White had neither an offense nor defense, and Kentucky won by the overwhelming score of 39 to 10.
Then came the long-awaited Southern tournament. Any prediction as to Kentucky's chances of winning would be a mere conjecture. If the Wildcats were right, victory seemed certain. The first contest was with Mississippi A. and M. It was a see-saw affair from start to finish, but the Wildcats were at the top of their mettle and, due to the wonderful guarding of Carey and shooting of McFarland and Milward, came out on top by the score of 31 to 26.
Kentucky's second tournament contest was with Georgia, who previously had defeated the Wildcats by the narrow margin of four points. Georgia went into an early lead, and at the end of the half the score was 17 to 14 in favor of Georgia. The Blue and White fought a splendid up-hill battle, and with but one minute to play, Kentucky went into the lead when McFarland threw a beautiful basket from the middle of the floor.
With twenty-eight seconds to play, Georgia again counted, and the battle ended 32 to 31 in the Bulldogs' favor. Kentucky lost, but she went down fighting. It was one of the greatest up-hill battles ever played in the tournament.
Thus Kentucky ended its basketball season with a total of thirteen victories and eight defeats. Every man from this year's team will be back next year, and having become accustomed to the floor at the new gym, and Coach Applegran's system, the Wildcats quintet of 1925-26 should be unbeatable.
McFarland, captain and forward of the Wildcats, is a really great basketball player. "Jimmie" is always in training, and this, coupled with his aggressiveness and cool-headedness, makes him a great leader.
Milward, elongated center of the Wildcats, proved one of the stars of the Southern tournament. Though Will did not reach his real form in the early games, he was one of Kentucky's most reliable point-makers.
Carey, back guard of the Wildcat quintet, proved the star of the season. Fighting all the time, Burgess seemed an impassable barrier to Kentucky's opponents. He was acclaimed one of the best guards in the Southern tournament.
Underwood's playing at forward left nothing to be desired. He could handle the ball proficiently with either hand, and his playing at all times was far above the standard. He was fast, and an exceedingly good dribbler.
Helm, substituting at center, running guard, or forward, was a valuable asset to the team. He fitted in well anywhere, and although he did not get a chance until late in the season, he had much to do with the success of Coach Applegran's aggregation.
Albers, running guard. The flashy Albers was the pep and fight of the Kentucky team. He seemed everywhere at once, and was always there when necessary. Though handicapped by size, he was so fast that he invariably succeeded in scoring as many or more points than his opponent.
Hughes, running guard and forward. "Turkey" also go a late start because of football, but when he hit his stride his playing was above reproach. "Turkey" dropped in shots from all angles in the second contest with Centre.
Karl Rohs, center and forward. Rohs, after four years of hard work, finally won his varsity letter. He fit in well both at center and at forward and his work was at all times commendable. He was of much value to Coach Applegran, especially early in the season.
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FRESHMAN BASKETBALL TEAM
The basketball team of the Class of 1928, under the leadership of Coach Eklund, was by far the most remarkable freshman team in the history of the University. Champions of the South, as well as champions of Kentucky, the freshmen were never defeated, nor hardly threatened with defeat, by any of the teams they met during the entire season.
More individual stars were on the team than ever before, and they were welded into the best and smoothest running machine that could be produced. Playing with high schools, freshmen from other colleges, and even good varsity teams from smaller colleges, Eklund's first termers never faltered in their steady march to the dual championship.
Many games played by the freshmen on the home floor were so one-sided that most of the audience would tire of the perfect shooting of Van Arsdell, the superb crip shooting of Hickerson, and the floor work of Jenkins, and go home to read the final score in the morning papers. In fact, the daily practice of the freshman team, playing against members of their own organization, furnished more active opposition than the best teams that the Association could secure for the championship team.