Kentucky Wildcats basketball

Kentucky Wildcats basketball history

University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Rupp Arena
Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Current head coach: John Calipari (2009-)

  • Assoc. HC: Orlando Antigua (2021-)
  • Asst: Ron “Chin” Coleman (2021-)
  • Asst: K.T. Turner (2022-)
  • Assoc. to the HC: Bruiser Flint (2020-)
  • Assoc. AD/DBO: Chris Woolard (2011-)
  • DPD: TJ Beisner (2021-)
  • DBA: Will Barton (2016-)

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Post-Season:

  • National Championships(1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012)
  • Final Four Appearances:  17  (1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966, 1975, 1978, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  42  (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019**
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  59  (1942, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022) **
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  131-54 **
  • NIT Championships(1946, 1976)
  • NIT Appearances:  8  (1944, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1976, 1979, 2009, 2013)
  • NIT Overall Record:  13-6
  • Premo-Porretta National Championships:  (1934, 1947, 1948)
  • Helms Foundation National Championships:  7  (1933, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1958, 1978)

Conference Titles (SoCon, SEC):

  • SEC Regular Season Championships53  (1933, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020)
  • SoCon Regular Season Championships(1926, 1932)
  • SEC Tournament Championships31  (1933, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1952, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Award Winners:




Kentucky head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
John Calipari 2009-Pres 365-101 6 10 1
Billy Gillispie 2007-09 40-27 0 1 0
Tubby Smith 1997-2007 263-83 7 10 1
Rick Pitino 1989-97 219-50 2 6 1
Eddie Sutton ** 1985-89 88-39 1 2 0
Joe B. Hall 1972-85 297-100 8 10 1
Adolph Rupp 1930-72 876-190 28 20 4
John Mauer 1927-30 40-14 0
Basil Hayden 1926-27 3-13 0
Ray Eklund 1925-26 15-3 1
Clarence Applegran 1924-25 13-8
George Buchheit 1919-24 44-27
Andrew Gill 1918-19 6-8
S.A. Boles 1917-18 9-2
J.J. Tigert 1912-13, 16-17 9-9
James Park 1915-16 8-6
Alpha Brummage 1913-15 19-7
E.R. Sweetland 1909-10, 11-12 13-8
H.J. Iddings 1910-11 5-6
J.S Chambers 1907-09 10-10
unknown 1902-04, 05-07 10-21
F.E. Schacht 1904-05 1-4

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


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** Listed records and accomplishments do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA.

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