|#50||Bob Burrow (L)||C||Sr.||6-7||215||Wells, TX (High)||All-American [Consensus (2nd), AP (3rd), UPI (3rd), NABC (1st), Converse (2nd), Look (1st), Colliers (2nd), Newspaper Enterprise Assn. (2nd), Helms (2nd)]; All- NCAA Regional Team; All-SEC [First Team (AP & Coaches)];|
|#22||Jerry Bird (L)||F||Sr.||6-6||200||Corbin, KY||All-SEC [Second Team (AP & Coaches)];|
|#52||Vernon Hatton (L)||G||So.||6-3||195||Lexington, KY (Lafayette)||-|
|#10||Gerry Calvert (L)||G||Jr.||5-11||160||Maysville, KY (High)||-|
|#44||Phil Grawemeyer (L)||F||Sr.||6-7||180||Louisville, KY (Manual)||-|
|#55||Ray Mills (L)||F||Jr.||6-4||200||Manchester, KY (Clay County)||-|
|#12||Billy Ray Cassady (L)||F-G||So.||6-2||191||Inez, KY||-|
|#14||Phil Johnson (L)||F-C||So.||6-5||190||Lexington, KY (University High)||-|
|#70||John Brewer (L)||G||Jr.||6-3||180||Louisville, KY (Eastern)||-|
|#32||John Crigler (L)||F||So.||6-3||180||Hebron, KY (High)||-|
|#33||Harold Ross (L)||G-F||So.||6-3||175||Hickman, KY||-|
|#34||Ed Beck (L)||C||So.||6-7||188||Fort Valley, GA||-|
|#88||Bill Smith (L)||F||So.||6-5||200||Walton, KY||-|
|#10||Lincoln Collinsworth (L)||G||So.||6-3||185||Salyersville, KY||-|
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Season Review - Basketball (Kentuckian)
It's mighty unusual for Kentucky not to cop a host of first place medals during any of its basketball seasons, but for 1955-56, that just wasn't the story.
The Wildcats had to be contented with four, second-place records. They placed second in the UKIT as Dayton toppled them 89-74. That night, Bob Burrow was merely a spectator. He suffered with a bum ankle and foot. Kentucky came in second in the SEC, something very strange. Again they hit the number two post by being runner-up to Iowa in the NCAA Midwest Regionals. And finally, UK scored 143 points against Georgia, the second highest major college point total for one game in the history of basketball.
But why cry about a second place ? Despite various opinions, UK had a successful net season. A 20-6 record is good. The four places in which the Cats came in second should be something to boast of, not condemn. And look at the individuals: Bob Burrow, All-SEC, All-American, and a candidate for the U.S. lympic Basketball Team. Jerry Bird, All-SEC plus a member of the College All-Stars who played an 18 game schedule against the Harlem Globetrotters. And Vernon Hatton, SEC Sophomore of the Year. Nope, not so bad after all !