Early into the season, it was obvious that the “Fiddlin’ Five” were not like Rupp’s teams earlier in the decade. They played around and made mistakes, which Rupp described as fiddling. In fact, the Fiddlin’ Five still has the most losses out of any Kentucky’s championships, with six, three of those were in four games. Unlike the Fab Five or ...
In the 2011–12 season, Calipari led Kentucky to be 16–0 in SEC regular-season play, clinching its 45th SEC regular-season championship. The last team to do so in the SEC was the 2002–03 Kentucky Wildcats, and before that, the 1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky’s regular-season record was 30–1, with its only loss being by one point coming from a 3-pointer buzzer-beater by ...
History of the Wildcats
The Kentucky Wildcats are the men's and women's intercollegiate athletic squads of the University of Kentucky (UK), a founding member of the Southeastern Conference. The Kentucky Wildcats is the student body of the University of Kentucky. 30,473 students attend the university. Historically, the women's teams and athletes were referred to as the "Lady Kats", but all athletic squads adopted the "Wildcats" nickname in 1995. Collectively, the fans of the Kentucky Wildcats are often referred to as the Big Blue Nation. Their main and most intense rival is the University of Louisville. The Wildcats are composed of 19 varsity teams that compete nationally.
College Sports Established
University of Kentucky
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1907 - 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1932 – Present / SEC Conference
1921 – 2032 / Southern Conference
1896 - 1904, 1911 – 1916, 1919 - 1921 / Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Wildcats - The nickname became synonymous with UK shortly after a 6-2 football victory over Illinois on Oct. 9, 1909, on the road. Commandant Carbusier, then head of the military department at old State University, told a group of students in a chapel service following the game that the Kentucky football team had "fought like Wildcats." Later the name Wildcats became more and more popular among UK followers as well as with members of the media. As a result, the nickname was adopted by the University.
Men's Basketball 8
2012, 1998, 1996, 1978, 1958, 1951, 1949, 1948
Women's Basketball 0
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