LEXINGTON, Ky. — When Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey leads his Razorbacks into Rupp Arena today, he’ll be back in his old Kentucky home.
Pelphrey can look onto a court where as a three-year starter he helped the Wildcats to a 41-4 home record.
Then he can look up into the Rupp Arena rafters and see his retired Kentucky jersey as one of “The Unforgettables” who helped revive the program after NCAA probation. He capped his career in Duke’s epic 104-103 overtime victory against Kentucky in the 1992 East Regional final.
“It will be a schizophrenic event for the Kentucky fans,” Jonathan Davis, a teammate of Pelphrey’s with the Wildcats who is now a Lexington banker, said of today’s Arkansas-Kentucky matchup. “They’ll all want John to do well. But at the same time they’ll want Arkansas to lose the game, if that makes any sense.” Richie Farmer, Kentucky’s commissioner of agriculture and another “Unforgettable,” has no doubt Pelphrey will receive a warm reception from the Rupp Arena crowd. [read more]