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History

Women's Basketball, Photo Athletics arrived on campus in the 1890s, initiated by students who scheduled football games with neighboring colleges.

Basketball began on campus in 1902 -- initially as a women's sport. The men's team was organized the following year.

Adolph Rupp, Photo
Kentucky's storied 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).

UK 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.

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Updated 5/23/07 An Equal Opportunity University