Victories 1,501-2,000

Two more national titles, a historic hire and the dawn of the Calipari era

December 23, 2009 

March 15, 1992: Eligible for post-season play for the first time in three years, Kentucky dominates Alabama, 80-54, to take its 16th SEC Tournament championship.

March 28, 1992: In what many call the best NCAA Tournament game ever, Kentucky takes defending NCAA champion Duke into overtime in the East Regional finals in Philadelphia. A last-second shot by Christian Laettner sends Duke to the Final Four. It is Cawood Ledford's last game as the "Voice of the Wildcats."

April 3, 1993: Kentucky faces Michigan in the NCAA semifinals, marking UK's 10th Final Four appearance. An 81-78 overtime loss to the Wolverines ends Kentucky's season at 30-4 and is All-American Jamal Mashburn's last game at UK.

Feb. 15, 1994: Trailing by 31 points with 15:34 remaining at LSU, the Wildcats pull off a Mardi Gras miracle. Connecting on 11 three-pointers and outscoring LSU 62-27 during the final 15:34, UK storms back to a 99-95 victory.

April 1, 1996: After avenging an early-season loss to UMass with a win in the NCAA semifinals two days before, UK squashes a late Syracuse rally to win its sixth national title, 76-67.

March 31, 1997: Despite losing its star, Derek Anderson, to a knee injury on Jan. 18, UK returns to defend its NCAA title in the national championship game, falling in overtime to Arizona, 84-79. It would be the final game with Rick Pitino as coach.

May 6, 1997: Pitino announces his resignation to coach the Boston Celtics.

May 12, 1997: UK Athletics Director C.M. Newton introduces Orlando "Tubby" Smith as head coach. He is the first African-American men's head basketball coach at UK.

March 22, 1998: In one of the most anticipated matchups of the NCAA Tournament, UK roars back from a 17-point deficit with 9:38 remaining to defeat Duke, 86-84. The victory advances the Wildcats to their third straight Final Four.

March 30, 1998: The "Comeback Cats" rally from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Utah, 78-69, winning UK's second national title in three years, and its seventh overall.

March 21, 2001: Pitino accepts the head coaching job at UK's archrival, Louisville.

Sept. 5, 2001: After a lengthy illness, Cawood Ledford dies at his home near Harlan. The legendary radio "Voice of the Wildcats" called UK football and men's basketball games for 39 years.

Feb. 4, 2003: Florida comes to Rupp Arena 14-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time ever. The Cats obliterate the Gators 70-55.

March 16, 2003: Kentucky beats Mississippi State 64-57 in the SEC Tournament finals to complete a perfect 19-0 record in conference play.

March 22, 2007: After 10 years, 263 wins and an NCAA title, Smith resigns as Kentucky coach to become the head man at Minnesota.

April 6, 2007: With a Memorial Coliseum pep rally, Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie is introduced as the new head coach at Kentucky.

May 16, 2007: McDonald's All-America forward Patrick Patterson turns down Florida and Duke to sign with Kentucky.

Nov. 7, 2007: Gillispie's second game as UK head coach is a stunner: Gardner-Webb 84, Kentucky 68.

Feb. 12, 2008: Kentucky loses 93-52 at Vanderbilt, the Cats' worst loss in SEC history.

Nov. 14, 2008: Kentucky opens Gillispie's second season by losing to visiting VMI, 111-103.

Jan. 13, 2009: Jodie Meeks scores 54 points to break Dan Issel's single-game UK scoring record (53) as Kentucky beats Tennessee 90-72.

March 15, 2009: With a 20-13 record, Kentucky is left out of the NCAA Tournament for first time since 1991.

March 27, 2009: Kentucky fires Gillispie (40-27 in two years at UK).

April 1, 2009: Kentucky hires Memphis Coach John Calipari to replace Gillispie.

May 19, 2009: Ballyhooed point guard prospect John Wall signs with Kentucky, joining lavishly praised recruits DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe in picking UK since the hiring of Calipari.

Nov. 13, 2009: Kentucky beats Morehead State 75-59 to win Calipari's first game at UK.

Dec. 21, 2009: Kentucky becomes the first college basketball program to win 2,000 games.

SOURCES: UK; 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; Herald-Leader writer Mark Story.

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