Tubby Smith to be honored by UK basketball with jersey at Rupp Arena

A banner commemorating the 1998 Kentucky men's basketball NCAA championship hangs from the rafters of Rupp Arena, and beginning on the final day of 2021, the coach who led the Wildcats that season will be honored, too.

Tubby Smith led Kentucky over Utah for the NCAA men's college basketball championship on  March 30, 1998.

Tubby Smith will return to Lexington to coach against the Wildcats on New Years Eve of this year, and when he does, the school will hang a jersey with his name on it in Rupp Arena, UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced Tuesday.

Smith, who coached Kentucky from 1997-2007, is now the coach at High Point, his alma mater, which will face UK this season.

“There’s 44 banners in the rafters, and I’m gonna tell you that on Dec. 31, there’s gonna be 45,” Barnhart told Smith virtually on LEX18’s BBN Tonight. “We’re gonna add one Tubby Smith to the rafters.”

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