Victories 1-500

Kentucky's first championship, first All-American and the hiring of some coach named Rupp

December 23, 2009 

Feb. 6, 1903: First organized basketball game at State College (later UK), which it lost to Georgetown College 15-6.

Feb. 18, 1903: State College wins its first basketball game, vs. Lexington YMCA, 11-10. State's record was 1-3 that season.

Feb. 19, 1909: State defeats Cincinnati, 28-23, to ensure the school's first winning season in basketball.

March 1, 1921: Kentucky upsets Tulane, Mercer, Mississippi A&M and Georgia to win the first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball championship.

Spring 1921: Basil Hayden becomes UK's first All-America basketball player.

Dec. 13, 1924: The Wildcats defeat Cincinnati in their first game in the new, 2,800-seat, $100,000 Alumni Gymnasium.

1926-1927: The 1926-27 team has the worst record in UK history: 3-13.

March 23, 1930: A Freeport, Ill., high school coach named Adolph Rupp is named head basketball coach at UK. He is selected from 71 applicants. He is paid $2,800 for his first season, $3,000 for his second.

Dec. 18, 1930: UK defeats Georgetown College, 67-19, for the first of Rupp's 876 victories.

Feb. 28, 1933: UK wins its first Southeastern Conference championship by defeating Mississippi State, 46-27, in Atlanta.

Feb. 17, 1934: UK establishes a national record with its 23rd consecutive win (47-27 over Vanderbilt). Near riots erupt as fans vie for seats in Alumni Gym.

1935: First radio broadcast of a UK game. Ed Ashford reads the play-by-play he receives by telegraph while an engineer provides background sound effects.

Feb. 14, 1938: Red Hagan's 48-foot shot with 12 seconds left lifts the Wildcats over Marquette, 35-33. After the game, Gov. A. B. "Happy" Chandler pounds a nail in the floor to mark the spot where the shot was taken.

March 20, 1942: After winning its sixth SEC championship, UK wins its first NCAA Tournament game, 46-44, over Illinois.

March 20, 1946: UK wins the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) with a 46-45 victory over Rhode Island.

Dec. 28, 1946: UK wins its 500th game, a 96-24 thrashing of Wabash. It was UK's last victory of a 26-game winning streak dating back to the previous season.

SOURCES: UK Athletics; KET; The Winning Tradition: A History of Kentucky Wildcat Basketball, by Nelli and Nelli; A Legacy of Champions, by Rick Bozich, Pat Forde, C. Ray Hall and Mark Woods.

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