1948: Kentucky Wildcats win first NCAA title

1948 Kentucky Team Photo
1948 Team Photo

This series counts down the greatest basketball teams of all time. No. 1 will be revealed in the Kernel’s basketball season preview edition on Nov. 7. Here is No. 5: 1947-48.

The 1947-48 Wildcats played for a much different basketball program than the one that exists today.

The 1948 squad mirrored many later teams, boasting some of the nation’s most talented players and a legendary coach.

However, the team was playing home games in Alumni Gym and the program had yet to win the Tournament.

The team was called the Fabulous Five, an early example of the tradition of naming the greatest basketball teams.

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