In all of Kentucky's basketball history, the 1958 Wildcats were the only Cinderella team to claim a national championship.
But on the 40-year anniversary of The Fiddlin' Five, another UK team produced an unexpected national title.
After two home losses in February, few saw a deep March run for Tubby Smith's first UK team. Once tournament play started, however, a roster made up of veteran "role players" left over from the prior two UK teams showed they were ready for prime time themselves.
After winning the SEC tourney, UK scored three easy wins in NCAA play. All that stood between the Cats and a third straight Final Four was Duke.
The Blue Devils led by 17 with less than 10 minutes to go. But led by Wayne Turner's penetrating drives, UK launched a rally that culminated when cold-blooded three-pointers from Cameron Mills and Scott Padgett gave UK an 86-84 win. The Comeback Cats won twice more to claim the title.
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