NCAA Tournament

Four national titles, a new $3.9 million, 11,500-seat coliseum and the 'Voice of the Wildcats'

March 23, 1948: Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five" wins UK's first NCAA championship, 58-42, over Baylor. The team is met in Lexington by 15,000 fans and given a parade.

Aug. 13, 1948: The U.S. Olympic basketball team, featuring UK's Fabulous Five, wins the gold medal by defeating France, 64-21, at Wembley Stadium in London.

1949-1950: Bill Spivey is the first 7-footer to play for UK.

March 26, 1949: UK wins its second consecutive NCAA championship, defeating Oklahoma A&M 46-36 in Seattle.

Dec. 1, 1950: UK plays its first game in the new, $3.9 million, 11,500-seat Memorial Coliseum.

March 27, 1951: UK wins its third NCAA title, defeating Kansas State 68-58 in Minneapolis. UK is the first team to win three NCAA titles.

Oct. 20, 1951: Alex Groza, Ralph Beard and Dale Barnstable are charged with accepting bribes for point-shaving in a 1949 game against Loyola.

1952-53: UK's season is suspended by the NCAA.

Dec. 5, 1953: Cawood Ledford broadcasts his first game as the radio "Voice of the Wildcats."

Jan. 8, 1955: Georgia Tech defeats UK, 59-58, in Memorial Coliseum, ending a 129-game home winning streak.

Dec. 7, 1957: In the longest game in UK history, the Cats defeat Temple 85-83 in three overtimes. Vernon Hatton's 47-foot bomb from midcourt ties it up at the end of the first overtime. Hatton scores UK's final six points to edge the Owls.

March 21, 1958: Vernon Hatton's layup with 17 seconds left pushes the Wildcats past Temple, 61-60, and into the NCAA championship game.

March 22, 1958: The "Fiddlin' Five" gives UK its fourth NCAA title by defeating Seattle, 84-72, in Louisville. UK is led by Vernon Hatton's 30 points.

March 19, 1966: In Rupp's last appearance in the Final Four, "Rupp's Runts" lose in the NCAA championship game, 72-65, to Texas Western.

Jan. 27, 1968: At the time, it was believed that Rupp became college basketball's all-time winningest coach when the Wildcats overcame a record-setting 52 points by LSU's Pete Maravich to defeat the Tigers, 121-95. Years later, it was discovered that he had achieved that feat on Feb. 18, 1967, with a 103-74 win over Mississippi State.

Jan. 18, 1969: On the road against its oldest rival, UK becomes the first team in college basketball history to win 1,000 games, defeating Tennessee, 69-66.

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