NCAAB - SEC
Arena: Rupp Arena
Coach: John Calipari
Kentucky has gotten off to a great start to begin the 2021-22 season and looks to be NCAA title contenders once again this season. Kentucky has marched out to a 13-3 record and are 3-1 so far in conference play this season. They are tied for second in the SEC with LSU. Kentucky is currently ranked #18 in the country and has the ability to make another run in the NCAA tournament this year. They also have a conference title within reach.
Kentucky is scoring 82.6 points per game which is good for #13 in the country. Kentucky is ranked #8 in the country rebounding the ball as they average 43.5 rebounds a game. Kentucky is also very good at finding the open man as they average 17.4 assists per game which is the 18th best mark in the country.
Oscar Tshiebwe is their most important player as he averages 17.0 points a game and also leads the team in rebounding at 15.1 rebounds per game. Tshiebwe also leads the team in blocks with 1.4 per game and is shooting the ball at a 62.7 percent clip from the floor. Sahvir Wheeler leads the team this season in assists with 7.3 per game.
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Kentucky has the most NCAA tournament appearances (59), wins (131), games played (184), NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances (45), NCAA Elite Eight appearances (38), total postseason tournament appearances (68), and regular-season conference championships (53). Kentucky has also appeared in 17 NCAA Final Fours (tied for third all-time with UCLA), 12 NCAA Championship games (tied for first all-time with UCLA), and won eight NCAA titles (second only to UCLA’s 11).
Kentucky also won the National Invitation Tournament in 1946 and 1976, making it the only school in history to win both the NCAA and NIT championships. Kentucky also has the most 20-win seasons, 30-win seasons, and 35-win seasons among all institutions.
The Kentucky basketball program has had numerous prominent and successful players, both on the college and professional levels, throughout its history.
Kentucky holds the record for the most NBA Draft picks), with John Wall, Anthony Davis, and Karl Anthony-Towns picked as the first overall choice. Many successful head coaches have guided the Wildcats, including Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Eddie Sutton, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, and John Calipari.
2022 Key Stats
Kentucky averages 82.6 points per game, which ranks 13th in the country. Kentucky is rated #8 in the USA in terms of rebounding, averaging 43.5 per game. Kentucky is also adept at finding the open guy, averaging 17.4 assists per game, which ranks them 18th in the country.
Oscar Tshiebwe is their most significant player, averaging 17.0 points per game and 15.1 rebounds per game to lead the club in rebounding.
Tshiebwe also leads the club in blocks, averaging 1.4 per game, and shoots 62.7 percent from the field. With 7.3 assists per game, Sahvir Wheeler leads the squad this season.
Championships Won by the Team
Kentucky has a very storied championship pedigree. They have won their conference tournament 45 times with the first coming in 1926 and the last coming in 2020.
They have won their conference postseason tournament 33 times with the last coming in 2018 and the first way back in 1921.
Kentucky has also won eight NCAA titles in their program history. They won their titles in 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958,1978, 1996, 1998, and 2012. They have had five different coaches win NCAA titles which is the most of any school in the country.
Important Team Events
Fans will camp out for tickets to a game at other colleges, but would they camp out for seats to a practice? It’s only in Kentucky. Midnight Madness – then known as “Midnight Special” – was founded by Joe B. Hall in 1982, although the practice of fans camping out for tickets dates back to the Rick Pitino era.
There were no tickets back when the event was hosted at Memorial Coliseum; the UK just opened the doors and let as many fans in as they could.
Fans began to form lines earlier and earlier each time, and in 1995, Wally Clark was eager to be the first person there, so he arrived 17 days early and camped out, beginning a practice that has endured to this day. Even when the event was relocated to Rupp Arena in 2005, spectators queued for days in front of the ticket booth at Memorial Coliseum.
Under John Calipari’s leadership, the event was revitalized, and in 2014, a record 760 tents were erected in “Tent City,” one of many memorable events in an incredible season. Wait and see, maybe they have something big coming up for this March Madness.
There have been a ton of great players to come through Kentucky. The one thing Dan Issel couldn’t accomplish was win a national title. The 6’9″ Issel, Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, had twice fallen in the Elite Eight. With the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels and the NBA‘s Denver Nuggets, Issel earned a Hall of Fame plaque as one of the all-time best jump-shooting big men. For his career, he averaged 22.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Cliff Hagan, a junior backup on Kentucky’s 1951 national champion team, came into his own as a sophomore. In his last two seasons, he averaged 21.6 and 24 points per game, with the latter matching for third-best in school history.
Hagan, who stood 6’4″ and averaged 13.4 rebounds per game for Kentucky, was a center for the Wildcats. Hagan also had a strong NBA career, averaging 20 points or more in four of his five seasons and double-digit rebounds in three of them. Hagan spent most of his Hall of Fame career with the Hawks, where he was a six-time All-Star and one-time NBA champion.
Jamal Mashburn, one of Kentucky’s top all-around players, averaged 21 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game during his All-America senior season. His 1,843 career points rank him sixth on the Wildcats’ all-time scoring list.
Mashburn appeared in two NCAA tournaments, the first of which he was eliminated from due to Christian Laettner’s buzzer-beater in 1992. In the second, Michigan won a thrilling overtime Final Four fight with Chris Webber and the Fab Five. Mashburn was a prolific scorer in the NBA, hitting more than 40% of his three-point attempts twice. He was a valuable starter for the Mavericks, Heat, and Hornets for 11 years, yet he only appeared in one All-Star game.
Kentucky has had a plethora of head coaches but no one can touch the legacy that Adolph Rupp and John Calipari have created. In its 112-year history, the Wildcats have had 22 coaches. The current coach is John Calipari. On April 1, 2019, he signed a long-term contract with the Wildcats.
Adolph Rupp, who had been a reserve for the University of Kansas Helms National Championship teams in 1922 and 1923 under coach Forest C. “Phog” Allen, was hired by the university in 1930. Rupp was a high school coach in Freeport, Illinois when he was hired. From 1930 through 1972, Rupp coached the men’s basketball team at the University of Kentucky.
He was dubbed “Baron of the Bluegrass” and “The Man in the Brown Suit” there. Rupp, a pioneer of the fast break and set offense, soon earned a reputation as a fierce competitor, a stern motivator, and a brilliant thinker, frequently leading his teams to tremendous success.
Rupp’s Wildcat teams won four NCAA championships (1948, 1949, 1951, and 1958), one NIT championship (1946), 20 NCAA tournament berths, six NCAA Final Four appearances, 27 SEC regular-season crowns, and 13 SEC tournament titles.
Rupp’s Kentucky teams also finished first in the final Associated Press college basketball poll on six occasions and fourth in the United Press International (Coaches) poll on four occasions.
Rupp’s 1966 Kentucky team (dubbed “Rupp’s Runts” because no starting player was taller than 6’5″) finished second in the NCAA tournament, and his 1947 Wildcats finished second in the NIT.
Rupp’s Kentucky teams won the Helms National Championship in 1933 and 1954, while the Premo-Porretta Power Poll named his 1934 and 1947 teams as national champions retroactively.
John Calipari took over as head coach of the Wildcats on April 1, 2009, replacing Billy Gillispie. John Calipari’s first recruiting class at the University of Kentucky was one of the finest of all time. Four five-star recruits lead the class: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, and Eric Bledsoe.
The Wildcats defeated Austin Peay 90–69 on December 19, 2009, to improve to 11–0, and John Calipari surpassed Adolph Rupp’s record for the most straight wins by a first-year head coach at Kentucky. On December 21, 2009, Kentucky defeated the Drexel Dragons 88–44 to become the first program in college basketball history to win 2000 games.
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Kentucky has won eight NCAA Championships.
The current head coach is John Calipari.
There have been 129 former Kentucky players who have been drafted into the NBA.
There have been three Kentucky players drafted #1 overall.
Kentucky plays in Rupp Arena.