Budget: $3.525 billion
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Undergraduate tuition: $5,660 a semester in-state, $13,078 out-of-state
U.S. News & World Report college ranking: No. 133 among national universities
Athletics budget: $132.8 million
Current Directors’ Cup standing: Ninth
All-time NCAA team championships won: 10 — eight in men’s basketball (1948, ’49, ’51, ’58, ’78, ’96, ’98 and 2012); one each in women’s cross country (1988) and rifle (2011)
All-time baseball record: 1,882-1,797-25
All-time NCAA baseball tournament appearances: Nine (18-17 NCAA tourney record)
College World Series appearances: UK has never been. (In 1988, Coach Keith Madison’s Cats were one win from advancing to the CWS with two chances to get it, but Kentucky was instead beaten twice by Stanford.)
Home of the Wildcats: The facility now known as Cliff Hagan Stadium opened in 1969. It was most recently renovated in 2007 but is scheduled to be replaced by a new $49 million baseball park on the UK campus for the 2019 season.
Greatest baseball player in school history: A two-way star, AJ Reed led the SEC in home runs (23) and pitching victories (12) in 2014 en route to sweeping all five major National Player of the Year awards.
Most recent first-round draft pick: Pitcher Alex Meyer went in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft (No. 23 overall) to Minnesota.
UK alumni currently on active rosters in the major leagues: Six — pitchers Alex Meyer (Angels), James Paxton (Mariners), Taylor Rogers (Twins) and Chris Rusin (Rockies); catcher Luke Maile (Blue Jays); and shortstop J.T. Riddle (Marlins). (A seventh, pitcher Joe Blanton of the Nationals, is on the 10-day disabled list and another, second baseman Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians, played one season at Kentucky before transferring to Arizona State.)
Best player from UK currently in the majors: Seattle starting pitcher James Paxton was 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA through June 7.
NCAA Tournament history vs. Louisville: 0-1. UK was eliminated from the 2014 NCAA regionals by a 4-1 loss to U of L.
Established: 1789 (entered the state system in 1970)
Budget: $1.3 billion
Undergraduate tuition: $5,534 a semester in-state, $13,045 out-of-state
U.S. News & World Report college ranking: No. 171 among national universities
Athletics budget: $96 million
Current Directors’ Cup standing: 21st
All-time NCAA team championships won: Three, all in men’s basketball (1980, ’86 and 2013)
All-time baseball record: 1,822-1,464-10
All-time NCAA baseball tournament appearances: 11 (34-23 NCAA tourney record)
College World Series appearances: Three — 2007, 2013 and 2014 (1-6 in College World Series games)
Home of the Cardinals: Jim Patterson Stadium opened in 2005 but was renovated and expanded in 2013.
Greatest baseball player in school history: A two-way star, current Louisville junior Brendan McKay — a .356 batting average with 17 home runs as a hitter; 9-3 with a 2.31 ERA as a pitcher in 2017 — has a viable chance to sweep all five major National Player of the Year awards this season.
Most recent first-round draft pick(s): Outfielder Corey Ray was the first of three Cardinals players taken in the first round of the 2016 MLB draft, going No. 5 to the Brewers. Relief pitcher Zack Burdi (No. 26 to the White Sox) and catcher Will Smith (No. 32 to the Dodgers) followed.
Best player from U of L currently in the majors: Slugging Cincinnati outfielder Adam Duvall was hitting .272 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI through June 7.
Players from Lexington on the U of L roster: Senior first baseman Michael Bollmer (Bryan Station), senior outfielder Logan Taylor (Lexington Catholic), junior shortstop Devin Hairston (Tates Creek) and junior closer Lincoln Henzman (Lexington Christian).
NCAA Tournament history vs. Kentucky: 1-0. U of L eliminated UK from the 2014 NCAA regionals with a 4-1 win over the Wildcats.