Joe B. Hall, who won national college basketball titles at Kentucky as player and coach, dies at 93

Joe B. Hall, who won national college basketball titles at Kentucky as player and coach, dies at 93

Current Wildcats coach John Calipari tweeted that Hall was "my friend, my mentor, and an icon in our state and in our profession." He added that he met with Hall on Thursday. "He understood everything that was said, and as I prayed for him, he squeezed my hand tight," Calipari wrote. During his 13 years as Kentucky coach, from 1972 to 1985, Hall led the team to 297 victories. The most memorable was the 1978 NCAA title in which Hall led the Wildcats to their fifth championship. Hall followed in the colossal footsteps of Rupp, who won 876 games over 41 seasons at Kentucky. The Wildcats went 30-2 in 1977-78 and won their first NCAA title in 20 years, beating Duke 94-88 in St. Louis behind 41 points from Jack …
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