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Mike Pratt enjoyed Billy Packer on TV because he talked basketball, not BS

Mike Pratt, right, with former Cats Louie Dampier, left, and Bill Busey. (Larry Vaught)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mike Pratt didn’t get to see a lot of college basketball games on television growing up in Dayton, Ohio. He does remember a Big Ten Game of the Week on TV each Saturday that normally had just a play-by-play announcer and did get to see a few University of Dayton games on TV, too.

“I really couldn’t tell you who was even doing play-by-play on the games then,” Pratt said.

He came to Kentucky to play for coach Adolph Rupp over 50 years ago and got exposed to more TV personalities.

“I listened to Joe Dean on the SEC Game of the Week. He was very, very good and I really liked him,” Pratt, a former UK All-American who is now the analyst on the UK Radio Network, said.

“As I moved through life I liked Billy Packer, something I know UK fans probably won’t like knowing. But he talked basketball and not BS like a lot of guys. I knew him a little bit (when I was coaching) at North Carolina-Charlotte.”

One other TV college basketball announcer he liked watching was Clark Kellogg.

“He talked basketball and knew what he was talking about when he did a game. He did his homework,” Pratt said. “So there are some people I’ve enjoyed listening to. Others I don’t or just don’t have any feelings and what they say really doesn’t matter to me.”

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