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Over the season Kentucky would defeat four top 10 teams, and would be ranked in the top 5 the entire season. And with only one loss heading into the SEC tournament it looked like Kentucky would once again claim both SEC championships and their dominance over their conference. Vanderbilt had a different idea however, and would knock off the top ranked Wildcats in the SEC tournament finals denying them an eighth straight SEC tournament title.
Adolph Rupp was the head coach at Kentucky during the year of the point-shaving scandal of In former Kentucky football player Nick Englisis met Kentucky basketball legend Ralph Beard while the two played football at Kentucky. Englisis entered the gambling business when he left the football team in , then approached three Kentucky basketball players Ralph Beard, Alex Groza , and Dale Barnstable with his associates in late about potentially point shaving fixing the score of games during the upcoming season in exchange for money.
The three players agreed to point shave and successfully shaved points in several games during the — season until an effort to point shave caused the Wildcats to lose to the Loyola Ramblers in the National Invitation Tournament.
Groza, Beard, and Barnstable attempted to win the game under the point spread but kept the score too close, allowing the Ramblers to win the game with an impressive performance at the end of the second half. Kentucky faced Villanova in their first game of the NCAA tournament following the loss to Loyola and the three players attempted to win over the point spread. When Groza, Beard, and Barnstable failed to win over the point spread, it caused Englisis to lose all of his money and ended the point shaving deals between Englisis and these three players.
At the conclusion of this scandal, a subsequent NCAA investigation found that Kentucky had committed several rule violations, including giving illegal spending money to players on several occasions, and also allowing some ineligible athletes to compete. Years later, Walter Byers , the first executive director of the NCAA, unofficially referred to this punishment as the first de facto NCAA death penalty , despite the current rule first coming into effect in , thus the NCAA having no such enforcement power previous to that.
Byers’ view, the NCAA’s official stance is very much the same, and they now state in hindsight, “In effect, it was the Association’s first death penalty, though its enforcement was binding only through constitutional language that required members to compete against only those schools that were compliant with NCAA rules. Despite fears that it would resist, Kentucky accepts the penalty and, in turn, gives the NCAA credibility to enforce its rules.
The team returned with a vengeance the next year, posting a perfect 25—0 record Rupp’s only undefeated season , for which it was awarded the Helms National Championship. In addition, Kentucky also finished ranked No. On the team were three players who had graduated at the conclusion of the previous academic year.
Early into the season it was obvious that the “Fiddlin’ Five” were not like Rupp’s teams earlier in the decade. They played around and made mistakes, which Rupp described as fiddling. In fact the Fiddlin’ Five still has the most losses out of any Kentucky’s championships, with six, three of those were in four games. Unlike the Fab Five or the teams, the Fiddling Five would yoyo in the rankings with their lowest a No.
Kentucky would catch fire through the tournament though and would win their fourth title over No. Texas Western won the game 72—65, on the night of March 19, Contrary to popular belief, this game was not a huge “upset” as while Kentucky entered the tournament with only one loss and ranked No. Kentucky was a 6. This game, and the result of it, were especially significant as the game came at a time when the civil rights movement was coming into full swing around the country.
In , after actively recruiting black players for over six years his first formal scholarship offer was to Wes Unseld in , despite most of the other SEC teams threatening to boycott if a black player took the court , Rupp finally signed his first black player, Tom Payne , an athletic 7′-1″ center out of Louisville. The late Rupp years looked promising with Dan Issel’s commitment to the Wildcats in Over the next four years Issel would score an average of This made Issel the player with the most points to ever play at Kentucky, a feat that has not been matched to this day.
This included his 53 points scored against Mississippi State in , the most by a Kentucky player in a single game until Jodie Meeks made 54 against rival Tennessee on Issel would not capture the national championship in his college years, but would go on to make a name for himself in the ABA. After Rupp would see continued success, but the Final Four eluded him. The Wildcats would end with a 13—13 season and miss the tournament altogether in , then reach the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen in the next two years.
Ranked 1 in the nation with a 26—1 record overall, Kentucky nearly missed a Final Four berth in a — shootout against Jacksonville. Rupp was forced into retirement in March , after reaching age At the time, this was the mandatory retirement age for all University of Kentucky employees. Further, since , the Adolph Rupp Trophy , considered one of the nation’s premier basketball awards, has been given by Commonwealth Athletic Club to the nation’s top men’s college basketball player. In addition, the University of Kentucky retired a jersey in his honor in the rafters of Rupp Arena , a 23,seat arena named after him, dedicated in Joe B.
Hall was the head basketball coach at Kentucky from to Although he had been an assistant at Kentucky since , Coach Hall was given a difficult task: to follow in the footsteps of his legendary predecessor, Adolph Rupp.
His record at UK was —, and — over his career. Coach Hall would win the title once in as well as making the final four in and , and the elite eight in , , , The only others to achieve this feat are:. After a year of playing in the freshman league and a disappointing sophomore season, Hall’s Super Kittens returned with hopes of finally bringing Kentucky its fifth title.
Despite losing in the championship game, it would give freshman Jack Givens a taste for success that would help propel Kentucky to the title three years later. It had been 20 years without a championship in Lexington, and along with pressure of following a hall of fame coach, Hall would nickname the season the “Season Without Celebration. Kentucky would hardly lose its composure all season or break under pressure, winning 30 of 32 games and defeating eight ranked teams along the way. By the time Kentucky reached the tournament finals they seemed bound to win the title, though Duke would give Kentucky their all.
With the help of senior Jack “Goose” Givens’ 41 points, Kentucky defeated the Blue Devils 94—88, and finally won their fifth title and first in 20 years. In , Eddie Sutton succeeded Joe B. Two seasons later, Sutton and the 25—5 Wildcats captured their 37th SEC title and were ranked as the 6th college basketball team in the nation by the Associated Press and UPI   before losing to Villanova in the Tournament.
Kentucky entered the —89 season with a gutted roster. Additionally, sophomore standout Eric Manuel was suspected of cheating on his college entrance exam and voluntarily agreed to sit out until the investigation was finished. Potential franchise recruit Shawn Kemp transferred out of Kentucky after signing with the school early that year.
The two underclassmen struggled to fill the talent vacuum on the court and the Wildcats finished with a losing record of 13—19, the team’s first losing full-season record since Casey was not in Lexington when the envelope was supposedly mailed and the father of Mills said they received no money.
Whether Manuel was directly involved has been questioned. The Wildcats were slapped with three years’ probation, a two-year ban from postseason play, the vacating of their two NCAA tournament wins in the season, and a ban from live television in — Kentucky would be banned from the and post season, with the season suffering a 14—14 record.
Despite their record of 22—6, Kentucky was still banned from the post season and would have to wait another year to see the Unforgettables succeed in the tournament. Beginning with the season, Kentucky was free of post season bans. Though they lost one more game than last season, this team was most memorable for going to the Elite Eight for the first time since Sutton’s team with many returning upperclassmen from Kentucky.
The team is also known for playing in what could be considered one of the greatest games in NCAA tournament history against Duke. In this game defending champion Duke were looking to return to the Final Four once again, Kentucky for the first time in almost a decade.
The game was hard-fought and physical on both sides all game including Laettner’s infamous stomp on Aminu Timberlake, which resulted in a technical. The teams took the lead back and forth until the final minute of the game which resulted in a first buzzer beater shot by Kentucky’s Sean Woods to take the lead —, and then Laettner’s shot to win the game for the Blue Devils in the final seconds — This team came to be known as the “Unforgettables” for helping put Kentucky back on the path to success in the s and because the team was made up of home grown Kentucky kids.
They were expected to reach the Final Four for the first time since Joe B. Hall’s team. The expectations were right, as Kentucky would head into the post-season with only 2 losses and a No. As talented as Kentucky was they would fail to reach the championship game with a 78—81 overtime loss to the Wolverines.
But this would be the just a glimpse of a run Kentucky would have later in the decade. Kentucky started the next season ranked 1 but would underachieve, falling short of the Elite Eight for the only time under Pitino. The highlight of the season was the “Mardi Gras Miracle”, a game where Kentucky trailed LSU 68—37 with left, but outscored them 62—27 over the remainder of regulation to win 99— The following year, Pitino’s Kentucky team made it back to the national title game, losing to Arizona in overtime in the finals of the NCAA tournament.
Pitino’s fast-paced teams at Kentucky were favorites of the school’s fans. It was primarily at Kentucky where he implemented his signature style of full-court pressure defense. By the end of the Pitino era, Kentucky went from banned from the post season to going to three of the last five Final Fours and five of the last six Elite Eights. For this the team was dubbed the “Unbelievables” for taking a team that was not expected much of to return the Wildcats back to the championship game for a second time.
Newton as the Wildcats’ 20th head coach on May 12, , charged with the unenviable task of replacing popular coach Rick Pitino. The Wildcats were at the top of the basketball world at the time, having won a national title in and, according to many, missing a second straight title in by the torn ACL of shooting guard Derek Anderson. The team Smith inherited sported seven players from the Arizona loss, and five from the championship team. However, since most of the players who had left after the and seasons were high NBA draft picks, his team had the lowest pre-season ranking since Kentucky came off probation in The team was also unlike Kentucky’s past two championship teams, often falling behind in games before roaring back to win rather than dominating their competition.
Smith’s teams, known primarily for a ball line defense-oriented slower style of play coined “Tubbyball”, received mixed reviews among Kentucky fans who have historically enjoyed a faster, higher-scoring style of play under previous coaches.
Smith was also under pressure from Kentucky fans to recruit better players. After leading Kentucky to one National Championship in , Kentucky would complete a perfect 16—0 regular season conference record in , win five SEC regular season championships , , , , and five SEC Tournament titles , , , , Smith led the Wildcats to six Sweet Sixteen appearances , , , , , and four Elite Eight appearances , , , in his ten seasons. He totaled wins quicker than any other Wildcat coach before him except Hall of Famer Adolph Rupp, reaching the plateau in games John Calipari subsequently broke this record in games.
Although Smith compiled an impressive resume during his UK career, he came under considerable pressure from many UK fans, who believed that his failure to achieve even a single Final Four appearance in his last nine seasons was inadequate by UK standards.
Smith’s Final Four drought is the longest of any coach in UK history,  although Smith did come just a double-overtime loss short of another Final Four appearance in He fielded questions from the media during the press conference held at UK’s new practice facility, the Joe Craft Center. He expressed his excitement and joy to be not only considered for the position but to have been given the honor and the opportunity to coach what former UK coach Rick Pitino referred to as the “Roman Empire” of college basketball.
Gillispie’s second season again started out rocky in as the ‘Cats fell to Virginia Military Institute in their season opener. The second game of the season saw the Wildcats fall to North Carolina by 19 points. UK rebounded to win 11 of their next 12 games, improving their record to 11—3. On January 4, the Wildcats lost a heart breaker to archrival Louisville 74—71 after a 25 ft. Prior to the shot, UK was down 7 with So all in all, UK and Meeks got seven points in about 15 seconds to tie the game.
On January 13, in a road game against Tennessee , Jodie Meeks set a new Kentucky scoring record by dropping 54 points on the Volunteers. This total bested Dan Issel ‘s year-old scoring record by 1 point, and propelled UK to a 90—72 win and 2—0 start in conference play. Jodie Meeks scored 23 points in the contest, including the fade-away contested 3-point basket with less than 5 seconds remaining to seal the win for UK. Meeks contributed 45 points and helped UK win despite the absence of Patrick Patterson sprained ankle.
With an unimpressive regular season and quick elimination in the SEC tournament, UK did indeed miss the NCAA tournament for the first time in 18 years and instead received an invitation to the NIT tournament where the team was defeated in the quarterfinal round against Notre Dame. Lee Todd, Jr. Barnhart stressed the firing was due to more than wins and losses, citing “philosophical differences” and “a clear gap in how the rules and responsibilities overseeing the program are viewed”.
To begin his tenure at the University of Kentucky, John Calipari signed one of the best all time recruiting classes. Kentucky defeated the Drexel Dragons 88—44 on December 21, , to become the first program in college basketball history to claim their th victory. President Barack Obama called the Wildcats to thank them for their relief efforts and wish them luck in their future endeavors. The Wildcats then received a No. In the Wildcats got off to a good start in the regular season with a record of 12—2, with their only losses being North Carolina away and UConn in the Maui Invitational Finals.
Conference play was a different matter, and Kentucky would struggle in the SEC losing 6 out of their 8 away games, all of one were against unranked opponents. To close out the season with a three-game defeat No. This was enough for No. Knight, Jones and company would exact their revenge in the second round against West Virginia, who knocked off Kentucky in the tourney.
Kentucky’s regular season record was 30—1, with its only loss being by one point coming from a 3-pointer buzzer-beater by the Indiana Hoosiers’ Christian Watford at Assembly Hall on December 10, Kentucky was both selected as the No.
The Sweet 16 match-up on March 23, , was a rematch against Indiana, in which this time the Wildcats prevailed over the Hoosiers — Calipari’s Wildcats defeated the Cardinals coached by former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino by a score of 69— The —13 season’s recruiting class ranked either first or second by various recruiting experts led by top center Nerlens Noel , guard Archie Goodwin , forward Alex Poythress , and four-star center Willie Cauley-Stein.
Mays was eligible to play immediately, because UK offered a master’s degree program that Wright State did not. However, the only returner that saw significant minutes from the championship squad was back-up power forward Kyle Wiltjer, who averaged 11 minutes per game Ryan Harrow sat out the previous season after transferring from NC State before the —12 season.
Although the team saw the rise of Jarrod Polson in the first game of the season against Maryland, they struggled to close out closer games and play with the will to win that Calipari demands.
UK was 17—7 including that game, and went 4—5 the remainder of the season, losing all 5 games away from Rupp Arena. In the press conference following the loss to Robert Morris, Calipari stated that his —14 team would be a “tough, hard-nosed, fighting team. Ryan Harrow transferred to Georgia State to be closer to his father that had suffered from a stroke, and Kyle Wiltjer transferred to Gonzaga.
Kentucky brought in the No. In —14, Kentucky looked to make up for its struggles in the previous season. Despite making the NIT , there were high expectations for this team. The team, however, would be without some of its top players from the —13 team including Nerlens Noel  and starting shooting guard Archie Goodwin,  who were first-round draft choices in the NBA draft. Many recruiting analysts and experts proclaimed that the signing class was the greatest recruiting class since the infamous Fab Five in the s.
The team began the season ranked number one in both the AP and Coaches polls. Early in the season the team experienced close losses to Baylor , Michigan State , and North Carolina. Despite those losses the team was able to defeat in-state rival Louisville. Nothing changed in SEC play for them either. The team ended the regular season losing three of their last four games including once to South Carolina , who finished the season 14—20 overall. The team limped into the SEC Tournament unranked, and desperately looking for any answer to their disappointing season.
Calipari during his weekly radio call-in show mentioned the team was given a “tweak”. The “tweak” was never fully revealed. UK was the National Runner-up after losing to Connecticut in the national championship game.
Kentucky led 41—7 at halftime, the lowest UCLA point total for a half in its storied history. Kentucky finished the regular season with a perfect 31—0 record, the best start in school history. Center in Louisville. Prior to the regional semifinal against West Virginia , Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles proclaimed that Kentucky would be 36—1 after the game. The only loss of the season was in the Final Four to Wisconsin , who Kentucky defeated the previous season in the Final Four.
The —15 team tied the NCAA record for most wins in a season The Wildcats have had 22 coaches in their year history. John Calipari is the current coach. He signed a lifetime deal with them on April 1, Hall in , , and , Eddie Sutton in , Rick Pitino in , and , Tubby Smith in , , and , Billy Gillispie in , and John Calipari in , , and The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the edition.
Kentucky has 42 men’s basketball players, coaches, and contributors honored in Rupp Arena with banners representing their numbers hung from the rafters. Due to the number of players honored, the fact that several of them have shared numbers, and NCAA rules requiring players to only wear jersey numbers containing digits 0 thru 5, the numbers are not officially retired.
The following Kentucky players, coaches, and contributors have been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The following Kentucky players and coaches have represented their country in basketball in the Summer Olympic Games:. The Wildcats had their streak of 1, consecutive non-exhibition games with at least one made three-point field goal end on March 15, , in a 78—73 win over Davidson in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Kentucky Wildcats presently play their home games in 20,seat Rupp Arena.
When it opened in , it was the largest arena in the United States built specifically for basketball, and retained that status for much of the following plus years. It was opened in and is named after legendary Kentucky head coach Adolph Rupp. Kentucky also has an impressive — In , the university unveiled the Joe Craft Center , a state-of-the-art basketball practice facility and athletics office building attached to the north side of Memorial Coliseum on the “Avenue of Champions” at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky.
Coming off back-to-back national championships, the team moved to Memorial Coliseum in It also housed a swimming pool, physical education equipment, and offices for the athletics staff. The team occupied Memorial Coliseum for twenty-six seasons, and sold out all home games they played there during that period. The Wildcats are — In , Alumni Gymnasium was completed. Kentucky used this facility for home games during World War I between and going 15—7 there all-time.
The Wildcats played 84 home games at Buell Armory Gymnasium from to It was located in the north wing of Barker Hall on the university campus. Constructed in , it also housed the university’s physical education classes until The facility had a capacity of people, and with no bleachers or seats, fans had to stand to watch the games that were played there.
Records show Kentucky was 17—14 at State College Gymnasium. Of the 71 major categories listed above, Kentucky is No. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball under Adolph Rupp. The neutrality of this section is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.
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