This season, the University f\\ tf\(\ 1 I I A 1) |\| I ' of Kentucky celebrates the III IH I M4f| ll I i 50th anniversary of its first VA UlV IV/ IV 11 V. NCAA Championship, won by a team affectionately known as the "Fabulous Five." The squad finished the season with a 36-3 record, defeating Baylor, 58-42, to give Coach Adolph Rupp the first of four NCAA crowns. The following year, with only Kenny Rollins missing from the Fab Five, UK repeated as champs, winning the 1949 title. The 36 wins in 1948 still stand < as a school record. I The Fabulous Five, with Rupp as coach, then teamed with the AAU Champion Phillips Oilers t\ iii i > to win the Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympic 1
^^^itett^^nlV For more information regarding the 1948
* th * ' National Champions, as well as all the great
UK history, see the History and Tradition section of this guide, beginning on page 135.
205 Harlan, Ky.
185 Yorktown, lnd.
185 Chester, W.Va.
190 Benton, Ky.
185 Akron, Ohio
175 Antioch, III.
180 Dayton, Ohio
105 Bremen, lnd.
Ralph Beard Jack Parkinson Kenny Rollins John Stough Albert Cummins Garland Townes
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Louisville, Ky. Yorktown, lnd. Wickliffe, Ky. Montgomery, Ala. Drooksville, Ky. Hazard, Ky.
Coach Adolph Rupp; Assistant Harry Lancaster; Managers: Humzey Yessin, Wilbert Bud Berger. At left: All-American Alex Groza