Wildcats Highlights

General Information

Conference: Southeastern (1932-present)

NCAA Division: Division I

City: Lexington, Ky.

Stadium: Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center


  • National Championships: 8 (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012)
  • Conference Titles: 33 (1921, 1933, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Conference Regular Season Titles: 53 (1926, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020)
  • NCAA Tournaments: 60 (1942, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022)

Past Conferences:

  • Southern

Kentucky Wildcats Standings & Analysis

This college basketball team analysis breaks down the team stats that matter and provides insights into the Kentucky Wildcats standings for this season, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Whether you’re a seasoned sports analyst or just starting to follow college basketball, this section has something for everyone.

All-Time Kentucky Wildcats Stats & Records

Points Scored

  • Dan Issel: 2,138
  • Kenny Walker: 2,080
  •  Jack Givens: 2,038


  • Dan Issel: 1,072
  • Frank Ramsey: 1,038
  • Cliff Hagan: 1,035


  • Dirk Minniefield: 646
  • Anthony Epps: 544
  • Roger Harden: 498

Overview of the Kentucky Wildcats Standings

Last-Season Standings

The Kentucky Wildcats basketball team had a disappointing season in the 2021-2022 campaign, finishing with an overall record of 9-16 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3-15. The team finished in last place in the SEC standings, which was a major disappointment for the program.

Throughout the season, the Kentucky Wildcats struggled to find consistent success, both offensively and defensively. The team averaged just 66.9 points per game, which was the third-lowest in the SEC, and allowed 73.8 points per game, which was the ninth-highest in the conference.

Despite the team’s struggles, there were some bright spots. Guard TyTy Washington emerged as a promising freshman, averaging 11.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Forward Oscar Tshiebwe also had a strong season, averaging a double-double with 14.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

However, the Kentucky Wildcats’ season was marred by inconsistency and a lack of cohesion, which was reflected in their poor Kentucky Wildcats standings. The team suffered several losses to unranked opponents, and their losses to ranked opponents were often blowouts.

Looking forward, the Kentucky Wildcats will need to regroup and reassess their strategy to rebound from this disappointing season. The team will need to work on improving both their offense and defense, as well as finding better team chemistry. With talented players like Washington and Tshiebwe returning next season, the team has the potential to improve and make a stronger showing in the SEC.

Before Betting on Kentucky Wildcats, Check Out These Tips:

Keep an eye on injuries:

Injuries can have a big impact on a team’s performance, so it’s important to keep an eye on any injuries that may impact the Wildcats. This includes both minor and major injuries, as even minor injuries can affect a player’s performance on the court.

Consider the betting odds:

When placing bets on the Kentucky Wildcats, it’s important to consider the betting odds. This can give you an idea of how likely it is that they will win and can help you decide whether or not to place a bet. Keep in mind that odds can change quickly, so be sure to check them regularly.

Know the team’s strengths and weaknesses:

Before placing any bets on the Kentucky Wildcats, it’s important to have a good understanding of the team’s strengths and weaknesses. This includes things like their offensive and defensive capabilities, key players to watch, and their recent form. By having a solid understanding of the team, you can make more informed bets.

Look at the team’s schedule:

Another important factor to consider is the team’s schedule. This can give you an idea of how difficult their upcoming games will be and whether they are likely to win or lose. It’s also worth considering any travel schedules and whether fatigue may be a factor in their performance.

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball History

The Kentucky Wildcats are a Division I program located in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky, an original member of the Southeastern Conference, is coached by John Calipari.

Kentucky is among the most storied men’s basketball programs in the country. The Wildcats have the best all-time winning percentage in Division I and are second in wins. The Wildcats’ eight national championships trail only UCLA, with 11.

The Wildcats have been to the NCAA Tournament 60 times and are tied with North Carolina for most tournament wins (131). They’ve advanced to 17 Final Fours, most recently in 2015 when they matched the NCAA record for most wins in a season (38). The Wildcats’ only loss that season came against Wisconsin, 68-63, in the national semifinals.

Kentucky is one of only seven schools to capture back-to-back NCAA titles, having done so in 1948 and 1949 under the legendary Adolph Rupp. The only other programs to accomplish that feat are Oklahoma A&M (1945 and 1946), San Francisco (1955 and 1956), Cincinnati (1961 and 1962), UCLA (1964 and 1965, 1967-73), Duke (1991 and 1992) and Florida (2006 and 2007).

Rupp also guided Kentucky to national titles in 1951 and 1958. Rupp ended his career (1931-72) with 876 victories, making him one of the top 10 winningest coaches in the sport’s history.

Kentucky’s most recent title came in 2012, when it went 16-0 in SEC play and 38-2 overall under Calipari. Led by National Player of the Year Anthony Davis, the Wildcats rolled through the NCAA Tournament, beating Western Kentucky, Iowa State, Indiana and Baylor by an average of 13.7 points. After besting Louisville 69-61 in the Final Four, the Wildcats topped Kansas 67-59 in New Orleans to claim their eighth title.

The Wildcats nearly added to that total in 2014, making the national title game as a No. 8 seed. Ultimately, they fell short though, losing 60-54 to seventh-seeded UConn. The Wildcats haven’t been back since, although they did reach the Final Four in 2015 and the Elite Eight in 2017 and 2019.

Joe B. Hall guided Kentucky to an NCAA title in 1978, and the Wildcats also won it all in 1996 and 1998 under Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith, respectively.

The Wildcats were poised to make another title run in 2020, as they were on the shortlist of contenders among oddsmakers. They went 25-6, including 15-3 in SEC play, and claimed their 53rd and most recent regular season title. They were a projected top-four seed for the NCAA Tournament, which was canceled before it ever started because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following season was an anomaly for the blueblood, as they went 9-16 and missed the tournament for the first time since 2013. It was also the first time since 1989 that they finished with a losing record.

Additionally, Kentucky won the National Invitational Tournament in 1946 and 1976, becoming the first school with multiple NCAA and NIT titles. The Wildcats also have more 20-win seasons (63) and 30-win seasons (16) than any school.

Notably, Kentucky has produced 21 consensus First Team All-Americans, most recently Oscar Tshiebwe in 2022, six National Players of the Year (Forest Sale, 1933; Leroy Edwards, 1935; Jack Givens, 1978; John Wall, 2010; Davis, 2012; Tshiebwe, 2022) and 110 NBA Draft picks. Forty-eight Wildcats have been drafted in the first round, including three with the No. 1 overall pick: Wall (2010, Washington Wizards), Davis (2012, New Orleans Pelicans) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2015, Minnesota Timberwolves). Kentucky’s alumni base also includes Naismith Hall of Famers Louie Dampier, Dan Issel, the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, and Pat Riley, as well as NBA All-Stars Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker,  DeMarcus Cousins, Julius Randle, and Rajon Rondo.

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball FAQs

Who holds Kentucky’s single-season scoring record?

Dan Issel scored a program-record 948 points in 1969-70, earning First Team All-American honors. Issel also holds the school’s all-time scoring record with 2,138 points. Issel was selected in the eighth round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons and is in both the Naismith Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Adolph Rupp is the winningest coach in Kentucky history. Who is second?

That’d be Kentucky’s current coach, John Calipari, who entered the 2022-23 season with a record of 365-101 with the Wildcats. Since coming over from Memphis in 2009, Calipari has led the Wildcats to 10 NCAA Tournaments, four Final Fours and the national title in 2012.

How many times has Kentucky ended the season ranked in the AP poll?

Kentucky has been ranked 54 times in the final AP poll.
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