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Rupp's and Kentucky squads were also awarded the Helms National Championship, and his and teams were retroactively recognized as the national champion by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.
The Beardless Wonders would win nineteen of their twenty-one games, enough to be invited into the NIT. There they would be matched up with an equally young and talented Utah team nicknamed the "Blitz Kids. Kentucky would lose the next game to home town Saint John's.
Kentucky's first championship [ edit ] On the way to its first NCAA title, Kentucky would go on to a record of 36—3. Of these three losses, all were either away or at neutral sites, keeping Kentucky undefeated at home throughout the entire season. Kentucky started off the beginning of the season with a 7—0 record heading into their away game at Temple.
However, Temple was able to give the Cats their first loss by one point, 60— Still, this loss was not enough to keep the Wildcats down, as they rolled off an win streak before playing at Notre Dame, where they lost 55— They would not lose a game for the rest of the regular season.
Kentucky won its first NCAA title in a decisive 77—59 victory. This was performance enough to represent the United States in the Olympic Games. Despite only being a college team, the starting 5 of Kentucky would defeat all of its competition in London, making Kentucky the only team to win both a NCAA title and an Olympic gold medal. Adolph Rupp soon gave this team the nickname "The Fabulous Five", in honor of their accomplishments. Back-to-back championships [ edit ] For the season Kentucky had high expectations with most of the Fabulous Five returning.
Big Blue Nation's expectations were met as the team won one more game than the previous year including both a SEC regular season and SEC tournament championship, while also getting back to the Final Four that March. Kentucky was the second program in NCAA history to win back-to-back championships there have been six other schools since. A new decade [ edit ] With a returning star player like Bill Spivey, Kentucky hoped to carry their success into the new decade.
All didn't look well after the Wildcats lost their first game by 11 to Saint John's at home, but they would pull it together for the Sugar Bowl Tournament which they won beating NCAA runner up Bradley.
Heading into rival Tennessee now No. After losing to Tennessee, Kentucky would struggle to chain two wins together, losing every other game. They would defeat their next fourteen opponents, including getting revenge in SEC tournament championship over Tennessee.
Heading into the post-season, No. They are the only team in college basketball history to accomplish this feat. Third championship and point shaving scandal [ edit ] Coming off a successful but titleless season, the Wildcats continued their dominance into the new decade. 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.Kentucky Wildcats TV: Men's Basketball Media Day - The Lighter Side 2013
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 inthen approached three Kentucky basketball players Ralph Beard, Alex Grozaand 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.
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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.
Years later, Walter Byersthe first executive director of the NCAA, unofficially referred to this punishment as the first de facto NCAA death penaltydespite the current rule first coming into effect inthus 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. In addition, Kentucky also finished ranked No. On the team were three players who had graduated at the conclusion of the previous academic year. Rupp's fourth championship [ edit ] 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. Inafter actively recruiting black players for over six years his first formal scholarship offer was to Wes Unseld indespite most of the other SEC teams threatening to boycott if a black player took the courtRupp finally signed his first black player, Tom Paynean athletic 7'-1" center out of Louisville. 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 inthe most by a Kentucky player in a single game and breaking the previous record of 51 points held by Cliff Hagan. 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 season and miss the tournament all together inthen reach the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen in the next two years. Ranked 1 in the nation with a record overall, Kentucky nearly missed a Final Four birth in a shootout against Jacksonville. Rupp was forced into retirement in Marchafter reaching age At the time, this was the mandatory retirement age for all University of Kentucky employees.
Further, sincethe Adolph Rupp Trophyconsidered 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 Arenaa 23,seat arena named after him, dedicated in Hall — [ edit ] Joe B.
Hall was the head basketball coach at Kentucky from to Although he had been an assistant at Kentucky sinceCoach Hall was given a difficult task: 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 andand the elite eight in, The only others to achieve this feat are: The Super Kittens [ edit ] 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.
The Season Without Celebration and fifth championship [ edit ] It had been twenty 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. Eddie Sutton — [ edit ] The neutrality of this section is disputed.
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Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. 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.
Emery scandal [ edit ] 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.
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The Wildcats were slapped with three years' probation, a two-year ban from postseason play and a ban from live television in — Kentucky would be banned from the and post season, with the season suffering a 14—14 record. He is a game-changing defensive presence, precisely the kind of point guard that Duke has been looking for since … well, since Tyus Jones. The Blue Devils are the favorite to win the national title this season because of those four players.
Coming off of the most embarrassing loss in the history of college basketball, the Wahoos entered this season carrying the burden of being the only No. People remember things like that, since that is the time when the most people are paying attention to college basketball. Kyle Guy has been very good once again this season. Ty Jerome continues to play like a future pro. Freshman Kihei Clark has given them the lineup versatility that we knew they were lacking.
This is a dangerous basketball team. We knew, coming into the season, just how good Justin Robinson was, but with the emergence of Nickeil Alexander-Walker as a legitimate star in the league, the Hokies all of a sudden look like they have the best backcourt in the ACC. This team is for real. I think the same can be said for Florida State. Walker has not quite taken the step forward I think everyone expected him to take, Mfiondu Kabengele has developed into one of the most productive players in the ACC.
Trent Forrest has embraced the point guard role while Terance Mann is playing the best basketball of his life. If Phil Cofer can get back to where he was last season, the Seminoles are a very real threat to get back to the Elite Eight. I also believe that N. State belongs in this conversation as well. I have so much respect for what Kevin Keatts is able to do when running a program, and it only took him one year to get the Wolfpack to be what he wants a basketball team to be: Only twice in the one-and-done era has a team that was built around freshmen won the national title.
This Duke team, however, is different in the sense that their four-best players are all freshmen. Neither the Kentucky team nor the Duke team had this little upper-class influence on their roster. That said, I think the reason that there is a very real shot Duke can get this done is the presence of a couple of key veterans pieces. But the two biggest reasons why I think Duke can avoid the fate of other freshman-led teams — besides, you know, the fact that their Big Three is awesome — is the presence of Jack White and Tre Jones.
Those two are elite level glue guys that make a major difference in the way Duke can play. We took a deep dive into their impact on the program last month. The Orange are the team in the ACC that has been the toughest to figure out early on this season.