Memorable victories

December 23, 2009 

KENTUCKY 20,GEORGIA 19

March 1, 1921: Bill King's free throw with no time left on the clock lifted the Wildcats to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship, the first championship for UK.

KENTUCKY 28,CINCINNATI 23

Dec. 13, 1924: James McFarland scored 10 points, and the Wildcats defeated the Bearcats in the first game played at Alumni Gym.

KENTUCKY 67,GEORGETOWN COLL. 19

Dec. 18, 1930: The Wildcats pounded the Tigers in Adolph Rupp's debut as coach at Kentucky.

KENTUCKY 35,MARQUETTE 33

Feb. 14, 1938: Joe Hagan's 48-foot shot with 12 seconds left lifted the Wildcats over the Warriors. After the game, Gov. Chandler pounded a nail into the floor to mark the spot.

KENTUCKY 46,RHODE ISLAND 45

March 20, 1946: Ralph Beard's free throw with 40 seconds left lifted the Wildcats to their first national title in the NIT.

KENTUCKY 73,WEST TEXAS STATE 43

Dec. 1, 1950: The Wildcats made the first game played in Memorial Coliseum a memorable one as they routed the Buffaloes.

KENTUCKY 85,TEMPLE 83 (3 OT)

Dec. 7, 1957: The longest game in UK history proved fruitful for the Wildcats as Vernon Hatton scored UK's final six points to edge the Owls.

KENTUCKY 61,TEMPLE 60

March 21, 1958: Vernon Hatton's layup with 17 seconds remaining pushed the Wildcats past the Owls and into the NCAA Championship game.

KENTUCKY 109,LSU 96

Jan. 24, 1970: "Pistol" Pete Maravich poured in 64 points against the Wildcats, but Dan Issel answered with 51 as UK topped 100 points en route to victory. At the time, it was the most points ever scored (115) by opposing players in the same game.

KENTUCKY 92,INDIANA 90

March 22, 1975: The Wildcats captured the Mideast Region title by handing the Hoosiers their first loss in 34 games.

KENTUCKY 94,MISSISSIPPI ST. 93 (OT)

March 8, 1976: Jack Givens keyed a late rally as the Wildcats outlasted the Bulldogs in the last game played at Memorial Coliseum.

KENTUCKY 72,WISCONSIN 64

Nov. 27, 1976: With Adolph Rupp looking on from the stands, the Wildcats dumped the Badgers in the first game played at Rupp Arena.

KENTUCKY 94,DUKE 88

March 27, 1978: Jack Givens scored 41 points as the Wildcats captured their fifth NCAA title.

KENTUCKY 67,KANSAS 66 (OT)

Dec. 9, 1978: After forcing overtime, the Cats were down 66-60 with 31 seconds to go. Dwight Anderson scored back-to-back baskets then stole the inbounds pass and fed Kyle Macy for the tying jumper. Macy completed the comeback by adding a technical free throw when Kansas called a timeout it didn't have.

KENTUCKY 100,LSU 95

Feb. 15, 1990: Described by many as one of the most exciting games ever played at Rupp Arena, the Wildcats burst out to an early lead and then held off Chris Jackson and Shaquile O'Neal and the Tigers.KENTUCKY 106,FLORIDA STATE 81

March 27, 1993: Kentucky beat Florida State to advance to the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. The victory completed a string of four games in which the Wildcats blitzed their Southeast Region opponents by an average of 31.0 points — the largest margin of victory by a team through four games en route to the Final Four.

KENTUCKY 99,LSU 95

Feb. 15, 1994: Trailing by 31 points with 15:34 remaining in the game, the Wildcats went on a tear. They hit 11 three-pointers and outscored the Tigers 62-27 during the final 15:34. UK's 99-95 win was the greatest comeback in school history.

KENTUCKY 95,ARKANSAS 93 (OT)

March 12, 1995: Kentucky repeatedly clawed its way back in the SEC Tournament finals — finding itself trailing by 19 in the first half, 12 points with nine minutes left in the second half and nine points with 1:33 remaining in overtime.

KENTUCKY 81,MASSACHUSETTS 74

March 30, 1996: In a rematch from an early season loss, the Wildcats fought off a late rally in the national semifinals to advance to the championship game for the first time in 18 years.

KENTUCKY 76,SYRACUSE 67

April 1, 1996: Behind an NCAA title game record-tying seven three-pointers from Tony Delk, UK won its sixth national title.

KENTUCKY 86,DUKE 84

March 22, 1998: The Wildcats fell behind by 18 points in the first half and by 17 points with 9:38 remaining in the game before avenging a 1992 loss to the Blue Devils. Cameron Mills' three-pointer with 2:15 left gave UK its first lead, 80-79, before Scott Padgett's trey with 39.4 seconds remaining broke an 81-81 tie as Kentucky advanced to the Final Four for the third consecutive year.

KENTUCKY 78,UTAH 69

March 30, 1998: After being outrebounded 24-6 in the first half and trailing 41-31 at the break, the "Comeback Cats" charged from behind to win the school's seventh national title, its second in three years. It was the largest halftime deficit overcome in a title game.

KENTUCKY 82,LOUISVILLE 62

Dec. 29, 2001: Rick Pitino returned to Rupp Arena for the first time as coach of archrival Louisville but watched as Tayshaun Prince scored a game-high 18 points and UK won by 20. UK dedicated the new playing floor as "Cawood's Court" before chants of "Tub-by, Tub-by" filled the arena throughout the game.

KENTUCKY 70,FLORIDA 55

Feb. 4, 2003: Florida came to Lexington sporting a No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history, but were quickly stifled by UK's defense. The Wildcats jumped out to a 23-point lead at halftime. It grew to as much as 29 points during the second half as a Rupp Arena-record crowd of 24,459 watched UK win.

KENTUCKY 79, MICHIGAN STATE 74

Dec. 13, 2003: A basketball world-record crowd of 78,129 watch No. 8 Kentucky beat No. 21 Michigan State at Ford Field. Unlike basketball games at domes that have attracted 40,000-plus fans, the court was not tucked into an end zone, but placed on the 50-yard line in the Detroit Lions' home stadium.

KENTUCKY 90,TENNESSEE 72

Jan. 13, 2009: Jodie Meeks broke the UK single-game scoring record with 54 points in leading the Wildcats to victory. Meeks finished the night 15-for-22 from the field (10-for-15 three-point range) and 14-for-14 from the free-throw line.

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