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Former Kentucky basketball player, analyst Mike Pratt dies | Basketball

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Track Hall of Famer Mike Pratt, who helped lead the Wildcats to three SEC championships and two Elite Eight appearances, has died. He was 73 years old.

Pratt, the UK Sports Network’s men’s basketball radio color analyst since 2001, died on Thursday, a school statement said. No cause has been described.

The Ohio native played at Kentucky from 1967 to 1970 and was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019. The 6-year-old forward feet 4 inches had an average of 16.8 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game in 81 career games played in the United Kingdom. Pratt also had 29 double-doubles and finished at Kentucky with 1,359 points and 718 rebounds.

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart and basketball coach John Calipari said he will be missed.

“Mike Pratt has been part of the fabric of British athletics for over half a century,” Barnhart said. “As an All-America and All-SEC player, Mike has played an important role in our basketball history. Over the past two decades, he has brought our games to life with his insightful commentary on our radio shows. .”

“We have lost a family member, part of the Kentucky family and a friend. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Mike Pratt, you knew what a special person he was,” Calipari said. “Mike knew the University and the Big Blue Nation loved him, and they never forgot what he did as a player and later as a connection to the program. I will miss him.

Pratt played two seasons with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association and served as an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte before becoming head coach of the Charlotte 49ers in 1978. After a stint as a professional scout, he launched into broadcasting and worked with the Charlotte Hornets. Television Network, ESPN and Fox Sports South.

He had been at every Kentucky men’s basketball game since the 2001-02 season as the UK Sports Network’s radio color analyst, alongside play-by-play announcer Tom Leach.

He is survived by his wife Marcia Schmidt Pratt, a daughter, a son, stepchildren and 10 grandchildren.

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