The Fiddlin’ Five

 

Fiddlin Five

Before the 1957-58 season began, Coach Adolph Rupp commented about the upcoming season, ‘They might be pretty good barnyard fiddlers, but we have a Carnegie Hall schedule, and it will take violinists to play that competition”.   When the Wildcats became notorious for, as Rupp put it, “fiddlin’ around and fiddlin’ around then finally pulling it our at the end,” the team was tagged with the nickname “The Fiddlin’ Five.” The ‘Fiddlin’ Five” became Rupp’s fourth national championship team when it defeated Elgin Baylor and Seattle in the title game at Louisville’s Freedom Hall, 84-72. After the game Rupp said, “Those boys certainly are not concert violinists, but they sure can fiddle.”