QUICK FACTS ON KENTUCKY BASKETBALL
NCAA CHAMPIONS-Four Times (1948, '49, '51, '58) in 23 Appearances. 37 Victories.
NCAA RUNNER-UP-Two Times (1966, '75)
NIT CHAMPIONS-1946, 1976 SUGAR BOWL CHAMPIONS-Five Times. UK INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS-Seventeen Times in 24 Tournaments. SEC CHAMPIONS-Record 30 Times Since 1933. (Last in 1977.) WORLD CHAMPIONS-1948 Olympic Games.
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS-1966. NATIONAL CHAMPIONS BY POLLS—Six Times Since 1949. ALL-TIME RECORD-Won 1,189, Lost 376, Tied 1 in 73 Seasons. KENTUCKY ALL-AMERICANS—28 Players Honored 42 Times. ALL-SOUTHEASTERN—55 Players Honored 98 Times. PROFESSIONALS-36 Players Entered Ranks.
RUPP ARENA (23.000) - Home Floor 1977 to Date (Won 12. Lost 2).
MEMORIAL COLISEUM (11.500) - Home Floor 1950-1976 (Won 308, Lost 38).
RECORD HIGH POINTS-143 vs. Georgia (Neutral Site) '56-At Home 121 vs. Mississippi '71.
INDIVIDUAL HIGH-53 By Dan Issel in 1970 vs. Mississippi at Oxford.
BIGGEST VICTORY MARGIN—77 vs. Georgia in 1956-At Home, 53 vs. Georgia Tech "56, Georgia '59.
WILDCATS CARVE INCREDIBLE POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT RECORD
Since Kentucky made its first appearance in a major post season basketball tournment in 1942, no graduating class has ever missed the opportunity to play in either the NCAA or National Invitation Tournaments.
In fact, the Wildcats have an incredible record which has seen them miss only seven times (1943, '53, '54, '60, '63, '65, '67 and '74) in the past 35 years. Two of those misses were in 1953, when they sat out a season, and '54, when the undefeated National Champions won an automatic NCAA berth but declined the bid.
The University has had only two undefeated seasons in its illustrious basketball history. The first was 9-0 in 1911-12, the other 25-0 in 1953-54.