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Image 6 of Basketball, 1980

Part of University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guides (Men)

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QUICK FACTS ON KENTUCKY BASKETBALL NCAA CHAMPIONS-Five Times (1948, '49, '61, '58, '78) in 24 Appearances. 42 Victories. NCAA RUNNER-UP—Two Times (1966, '75) NIT CHAMPIONS-1946, 1976 SUGAR BOWL CHAMPIONS-Five Times. UK INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS-Eighteen Times in 26 Tournaments. SEC CHAMPIONS-Record 31 Times Since 1933 (Last in 1978) WORLD CHAMPION-1948 Olympic Games. INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS -1966. NATIONAL CHAMPION BY POLLS-Seven Times Since 1949. ALL-TIME RECORD-Won 1,219, Lost 378, Tied 1 in 75 Seasons. KENTUCKY ALL-AMERICANS -29 Players Honored 45 Times. ALL-SOUTHEASTERN —56 Players Honored 102 Times. PROFESSIONALS-40 Players Entered Ranks. RUPP ARENA (23,000)-Home Floor 1977 to Date (Won 39, Lost 6). MEMORIAL COLISEUM (11,500)-Home Floor 1950-1976 (Won 306, Lost 38). RECORD HIGH POINTS-143 vs. Georgia (Neutral Site) '56-At Home 121 vs. Mississippi '71. INDIVIDUAL HIGH -53 By Dan Issell 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 tournament 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 Champion 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.