Thursday, February 6, 2003

Key moments in UK basketball

• Feb. 6, 1903 - Kentucky plays its first basketball game, which ends in a loss.

• Feb. 18, 1903 - Team records its first win, 11-10 over Lexington YMCA.

• March 1, 1921 - Kentucky wins first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship.

• March 21, 1930 - Adolph Rupp named coach.

• March 23, 1948 - Rupp's "Fabulous Five" win Kentucky's first NCAA Championship.

• Aug. 13, 1948 - "Fabulous Five" play on U.S. Olympic team that wins gold medal.

• March 8, 1949 - In the first season of The Associated Press basketball poll Kentucky ends the year ranked No. 1.

• March 26, 1949 - Kentucky wins second consecutive NCAA championship.

• March 27, 1951 - Kentucky wins third NCAA title.

• Aug. 11, 1952 - Point-shaving scandal prompts Southeastern Conference to ban Kentucky from conference play. A few months later, NCAA asks member schools not to schedule Kentucky. Wildcats' 1952-53 season effectively suspended.

• March 33, 1958 - Playing in Freedom Hall in Louisville, Wildcats win fourth NCAA title.

• March 19, 1966 - Texas Western team with five black starters beats top-ranked and all-white Kentucky 72-65 in the NCAA Championship game.

• June 9, 1969 - Seven-footer Tom Payne of Louisville becomes first black player to sign with Kentucky.

• March 18, 1972 - Rupp coaches last game as Wildcats lose 73-54 to Florida State in NCAA tournament.

• Dec. 2, 1972 - Joe B. Hall's first game as head coach, a 75-66 victory over Michigan State.

• Nov. 27, 1976 - Rick Robey scores the first basket in Rupp Arena, a 23,000-seat, $33 million facility.

• March 27, 1978 - Jack "Goose" Givens scores 41 points as Kentucky defeats Duke 94-88 to win fifth NCAA championship.

• March 26, 1983 - Kentucky loses 80-68 to Louisville, which earns a trip to the Final Four by winning the rivals' first meeting in 24 years.

• Nov. 22, 1985 - Eddie Sutton coaches his first game at Kentucky.

• March 19, 1989 - Sutton resigns amid NCAA investigation of Kentucky.

• May 19, 1989 - Program placed on probation by NCAA.

• June 2, 1989 - Rick Pitino named head coach.

• Feb. 15, 1994 - Wildcats pull off biggest comeback in school history, recovering from 31-point deficit with 15:34 remaining to defeat LSU 99-95.

• April 1, 1996 - Kentucky wins sixth NCAA championship by defeating Syracuse 76-67.

• May 6, 1997 - Pitino resigns to coach Boston Celtics.

• May 12, 1997 - Orlando "Tubby" Smith introduced as head coach.

• March 30, 1998 - Kentucky wins seventh NCAA title by defeating Utah 78-69.

- Source: University of Kentucky Sports Information

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