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Two-Time UK Basketball National Champion John Stough Dies



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – John Stough, a two-time Kentucky men’s basketball national champion, died on Friday, Feb. 3. He was 90.

Stough (pictured, No. 5 on 1948-49 team) played on UK’s first two national championship teams in 1948 and 1949 under legendary head coach Adolph Rupp. He scored 128 career points.

Originally, from Montgomery, Alabama, Stough resided in Louisville with his family.

Stough lettered in basketball at Kentucky in 1945, 1948 and 1949. He was drafted by the U.S. Army after the 1944-45 season.

A two-sport athlete, Stough was a two-time captain for Kentucky’s baseball team.

A funeral service for Stough will be held Saturday at noon at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

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