The Kentucky Wildcats are arguably the best college basketball program in history with a resume that is hard to match. The Wildcats basketball program dates back to the early 1900s and over the years they have accumulated the most victories in college basketball history with over 2,100. Kentucky made their debut in the NCAA Tournament in 1942 and won their first national championship in 1948. The Wildcats defended their title the following year for the second championship. In their history, Kentucky has made over 53 NCAA Tournaments, won over 115 tournament games, advanced to an impressive 15+ Final Fours and winning over 7 national championships.
Kentucky became national relevant in the late 1940s when they won their first two national championships in consecutive seasons. After a year hiatus, the Wildcats won their third national championship with a victory over Kansas State. In an impressive run of consistency, Kentucky has advanced to the Final Four in every decade starting in the 1940s with the exception of 2000-2010. The Wildcats basketball program has had over 55 seasons with at least 20 victories and has sent over 100 players to the NBA.
The Wildcats have had legendary head coaches lead their basketball programs over the years including Adolph Rupp. Rupp finished with 876 victories and coached the Kentucky basketball program to four national championships. Rick Pitino also coached the Wildcats to over 215 victories and a national championship to go along with three Final Four appearances. Currently, John Calipari heads the basketball program and he to has led the Wildcats to a national championship.
Kentucky Wildcats Recent NCAA Tourament History
Kentucky’s 2014 tournament run can be considered a stunner. It is not often that a historic program like the Wildcats can shock the basketball world, but Calipari’s team was full of freshmen and entered the Big Dance as the number 8 seed. Kentucky won every game by less than 10 points on their way to the national championship. The Wildcats squared off against the Connecticut Huskies who were also on an improbable run of their own. Despite 20 points from guard James Young, the Wildcats were unable to win another national championship and dropped to UConn 60-54.