Except for the loss of Kenny Rollins, this was virtually the same team that won the title in 1948.
The Wildcats again won the SEC Tournament but then suffered a stunning 67-56 loss to Loyola of Chicago in the National Invitation Tournament.
Kentucky quickly made ammends in the NCAA, however. Alex Groza scored 30 points as the Wildcats defeated Villanova 85-72 in the first round of the East Regional.
Groza sparkled throughout the tournament. He scored 27 points in a 76-47 romp past Illinois in the East finals and poured in 25 as the Wildcats (32-2) knocked off Oklahoma A&M 46-36 to win their second consecutive national championship.
Herald-Leader staff report