arrived on campus in the 1890s, initiated by students who scheduled
football games with neighboring colleges.
on campus in 1902 -- initially as a women's sport. The men's team
was organized the following year.
basketball tradition truly began its development in 1930, when then-high
school coach Adolph Rupp came to Lexington. He guided the team to
four of its seven NCAA crowns (1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958).
won its fifth championship in 1978 under Joe B. Hall, its sixth
in 1996 under Rick Pitino and its seventh under Orlando
"Tubby" Smith in 1998.