NCAA Tournament

A fifth national title, three new coaches and a 23,000-seat basketball palace

June 9, 1969: Tom Payne, a 7-foot high school All-American from Louisville, becomes the first black player to sign with UK.

Feb. 28, 1970: Dan Issel becomes UK's first player to score 2,000 career points as UK defeats Vanderbilt, 90-86, avenging the Cats' only loss of the season to that point.

March 14, 1970: Issel scores his 2,138th point, etching his name into the record book as the UK men's all-time leading scorer. The top-ranked Wildcats are upset by Jacksonville 106-100 in the NCAA regional finals.

March 18, 1972: Adolph Rupp coaches his last game, a 73-54 loss to Florida State in the NCAA Tournament.

Dec. 2, 1972: Joe B. Hall coaches his first game as head coach at UK, a 75-66 win at Michigan State. UK goes on to win the SEC championship and finish 22-8.

March 22, 1975: UK upsets undefeated Indiana in the Mideast Regional finals to earn a trip to the Final Four. Before the national championship game with UCLA, legendary coach John Wooden announces his retirement. The Bruins go on to defeat UK 92-85 on March 31.

March 8, 1976: Jack Givens sparks a late rally as UK outlasts Mississippi State, 94-93 in overtime, in the last regular-season men's game played at Memorial Coliseum.

March 21, 1976: UK wins its second NIT championship by defeating North Carolina-Charlotte 71-67 in New York.

Nov. 27, 1976: UK defeats Wisconsin 72-64 in the new, 23,000-seat, $53 million Rupp Arena.

Dec. 10, 1977: As top-ranked UK is defeating Kansas on "Adolph Rupp Night" in Lawrence, Kan., Rupp dies. Thousands would participate in the funeral procession in Lexington.

March 27, 1978: Jack "Goose" Givens scores 41 points as UK wins its fifth NCAA championship, 94-88 over Duke in St. Louis. More than 10,000 fans greet the team at Blue Grass Airport, and 15,000 more celebrate at Memorial Coliseum.

March 26, 1983: In the first meeting between the schools in 24 years, Louisville defeats UK 80-68 in overtime to earn a trip to the Final Four.

March 31, 1984: Georgetown outscores UK 23-2 at the start of the second half to defeat the Wildcats 53-40 in the NCAA semifinals.

March 22, 1985: Joe B. Hall announces his retirement after UK loses to St. John's 86-70 in the NCAA West Regional in Denver.

Nov. 22, 1985: Eddie Sutton coaches his first game at Kentucky, a 77-58 win over Northwestern State (La.).

March 10, 1989: Kentucky finishes the year with a 13-19 record, its first losing mark in 61 seasons.

March 19, 1989: In the wake of an NCAA investigation, Sutton resigns.

May 19, 1989: The NCAA places Kentucky's basketball program on probation.

June 1, 1989: Rick Pitino is named head basketball coach.

Nov. 28, 1989: Pitino's debut is a success as Reggie Hanson scores 24 points and UK holds off Ohio University 76-73.

June, 1990: Pitino makes history by naming Bernadette Locke an assistant coach. Locke is the first woman to hold that position at a Division I men's team.

Feb. 23, 1991: UK gets a road victory at Florida, 90-74, for win No. 1,500.

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