1950-51 National Champions

NCAA Championship #3
KENTUCKY 68, KANSAS STATE 58
March 27, 1951
Minneapolis

Bill Spivey scored 22 points and an ailing Cliff Hagan sparked the Wildcats to their third NCAA title. With a squad consisting of only six healthy players – Walt Hirsch was ineligible and Hagan was plagued by an infected throat – the Wildcats hardly looked like championship material as Kansas State broke out to a 20-12 lead. It was then that Rupp inserted the ailing Hagan. It was a move that may have proved the difference as the freshman forward sparked a rally that saw UK cut the Kansas State lead to 29-27 at the half. Led by Hagan and Spivey, who dominated the boards, UK outscored Kansas State 41-29 in the second half to complete the come-from-behind victory.

KENTUCKY

PLAYER      FG  FTM  FTA  PF  TP
Whitaker     4    1    0   2   9
Linville     2    4    8   5   8
Spivey       9    4    6   2  22
Ramsey       4    1    3   5   9
Watson       3    2    4   3   8
Hagan        5    0    2   5  10
Tsioropoulos 1    0    0   1   2
Newton       0    0    0   0   0

TOTALS      28   12   23  23  68

KANSAS STATE

PLAYER      FG  FTM  FTA  PF  TP
Head         3    2    2   5   8
Stone        3    6    8   3  12
Hitch        6    1    1   5  13
Barrett      2    0    2   1   4
Iverson      3    1    2   3   7
Housey       2    0    0   3   4
Gibson       0    1    1   5   1
Upson        0    0    0   1   0
Knostman     1    1    2   1   3
Peck         2    0    1   1   4
Schuyler     1    0    1   1   2

TOTALS      23   12   20  31  58

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Kansas State 29, UK 27