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Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament Tradition
Kentucky has made *58 appearances in the NCAA Tournament — more than any other school. Kentucky has captured the NCAA title eight times. Through the years, the Wildcats have racked up an impressive 129-52 NCAA Tournament record.


Totals:

  • 52 appearances
  • Won 129
  • Lost 52
  • Eight NCAA Championships
  • Runner-up four times
  • 17 Final Four appearances
  • 34 Elite Eight appearances.

Years in NCAA Tourney:
1942-45-48-49-51-52-55-56-57-58-59-61-62-64-66-68-69-70-71-72-73-75-77-78-80-81-82-83-84-85-86-87-*-92-93-94-95-96-97-98-99-00-01-02-03-04-05-06-07-08-10-11-12-14-15-16-17-18-19.

*1988 appearance vacated as part of NCAA sanctions.


Kentucky in the NCAA Record Books
The Wildcats hold numerous records in NCAA play, both as a team and individually. Here are the NCAA records held by the Wildcats:


Fewest Points Allowed (single game, since 1938):
6 — Kentucky (75) vs. Arkansas State, Jan. 8, 1945; and Tennessee (11) vs. Temple, Dec. 15, 1973


Fewest Field Goals (single game, since 1938):
2 — Arkansas State vs. Kentucky, Jan. 8, 1945; Duke vs. N.C. State, March 8, 1968


Most Rebounds (single game):
108 — Kentucky vs. Ole Miss, Feb. 8, 1964


Most Consecutive Homecourt Victories:
129 — Kentucky, from Jan. 4, 1943, to Jan. 8, 1955 (ended by Georgia Tech, 59-58)


Unbeaten Teams (since 1938, UK is one of 12 schools):
1954 — Kentucky (25-0)


30-Game Winners (UK has registered more 30-game winning seasons than any other school in the NCAA):
15; breakdown of 30-game winning seasons below:

38 Kentucky, 2012 NCAA record
  Kentucky, 2015 NCAA record
36 Kentucky, 1948
35 Kentucky, 1997
  Kentucky, 1998
  Kentucky, 2010
34 Kentucky, 1947
32 Kentucky, 1949
  Kentucky, 1951
  Kentucky, 1986
  Kentucky, 2003
  Kentucky, 2017
30 Kentucky, 1978
  Kentucky, 1993
  Kentucky, 1996
  Kentucky, 2019

Most Wins by a Coach in his First Year at a School:
35 — Tubby Smith, Kentucky, 1998 & John Calipari, Kentucky, 2010


NCAA Championships

1 UCLA 11
2 Kentucky 8
3 North Carolina 6
4 Duke 5
  Indiana 5

 


NCAA Final Fours

1 North Carolina 20
2 Kentucky 17
  UCLA 17
4 Duke 16
5 Kansas 14

NCAA Final Four Wins

1 UCLA 25
2 Kentucky 20
3 North Carolina 18
4 Duke 17
5 Indiana 12
  Kansas 12

 


NCAA Tournament Appearances

1 Kentucky 58
2 North Carolina 50
3 Kansas 48
4 UCLA 47
5 Duke 43

 


Tournament Games

1 Kentucky 181
2 North Carolina 173
3 Kansas 155
4 Duke 152
5 UCLA 141

Tournament Wins

1 Kentucky 129
2 North Carolina 126
3 Duke 114
4 Kansas 108
5 UCLA 101

Tournament Winning Percentage

1 Duke .750 (114-38)
2 North Carolina .728 (126-47)
3 UCLA .716 (101-40)
4 Kentucky .713 (129-52)
5 Florida .710 (44-18)

All-Time
Most Tournament Appearances: 58 – Kentucky
Most Tournament Games: 181 – Kentucky
Most Tournament Wins: 129 – Kentucky


Series
Most Assists in a Tournament: 143 – Kentucky, 1996 (6 games)
Most Blocks in a Tournament: 48 – Kentucky, 1998 (6 games)


Team
Fewest Points in a Final Four Game: 28 – Kentucky vs. Dartmouth (47), 1942
Fewest Field Goals Allowed in a Final Four Game: 9 – Kentucky vs Oklahoma State (9), 1949
Most Blocks in a Tournament Game: 15 – Kentucky vs. Stony Brook, 2016
Most Blocks in a Tournament Game (Two Teams): 20 – Kentucky (14) vs. UCLA (6), 1998
Most FGs Attempted in a Tournament Game (Two Teams): 196 – Austin Peay (97) vs Kentucky (96), 1973 (OT)
Most Personal Fouls by Two Final Four Teams: 61 – Syracuse (30) vs. Kentucky (31), 1975
Highest FT% (Tied):  100% – (18-18) Kentucky vs. Utah, 2003 and (17-17) Kentucky vs. Villanova, 1988


Individual
Highest FG%: 100.0% (Tied) – Kenny Walker (11-11) vs.Western Kentucky, 1986
Highest 3-Point FG% (Min, Five 3-Point FGs): 100% (Tied) – Jamal Mashburn (5-5) vs. Wake Forest, 1993


Team – Championship Game
Largest Halftime Deficit Overcome: 10 – Kentucky (31) vs. Utah (41), 1998
Most Points Scored by Two Teams: 182 – Kentucky (94) vs. Duke (88), 1978
Most FG Made by Two Teams: 71 – UCLA (38) vs. Kentucky (33), 1975
Most 3FG: 12 – Kentucky vs. Syracuse, 1996 (12-27)
Most Disqualifications: 4 – Kentucky vs. Arizona, 1997
Most Blocks: 11 – Kentucky vs. Kansas, 2012


Individual – Championship Game
Blocks: 6 (Tied) – Anthony Davis vs. Kansas, 2012
Most 3FG: 7 (Tied) – Tony Delk (7-12) vs. Syracuse, 1996


NCAA Tournament Team Game Highs


Team Points
113, Mount Saint Mary’s (1995, 1st Round)
110, San Jose State (1996, 1st Round)
109, Notre Dame (1970, Sweet 16)
106, Florida State (1993, Elite 8)
106, Iowa State (1992, 2nd Round)
106, Austin Peay (1973, Sweet 16) [OT]
by Opponent
107 by Western Kentucky (1971, Sweet 16)
106 by Jacksonville (1970, Elite 8)
104 by Duke (1992, Elite 8) [OT]


Fewest Points
28, Dartmouth (1942, Elite 8)
37, Ohio State (1945, Sweet 16)
40, Georgetown (1984, Final Four)
44, Middle Tennessee (1982, 1st Round)
by Opponent
36, Oklahoma State (1949, Championship)
39, West Virginia (2015, Sweet 16)
40, Miami, Ohio (1999, Sweet 16)
42, Baylor (1948, Championship)


Field Goals
50, Austin Peay (1973, Sweet 16)
43, Notre Dame (1970, Sweet 16)
43, Marquette (1968, Sweet 16)
43, Marquette (1959, Regional Consolation)
42, San Jose State (1996, 1st Round)
by Opponent
46 by Austin Peay (1973, Sweet 16)
42 by Western Kentucky (1971, Sweet 16)


Field Goals Attempted
99, Miami, Ohio (1958, Sweet 16)
97, Austin Peay (1973, Sweet 16)
89, Jacksonville (1970, Elite 8)
86, UCLA (1975, Championship)
84, Loyola (1964, Regional Consolation)
by Opponent
99 by Austin Peay (1973, Sweet 16)
87 by Michigan State (1957, Elite 8)
85 by Michigan (1966, Elite 8)


Highest Field-Goal Percentage
.667, Southern (1988, 1st Round) [38 of 57]
.621, Miami, Ohio (1978, Sweet 16) [41of66]
.619, Wake Forest (1993, Sweet 16) [3 of 63]
.615, Utah (2005, Sweet 16) [24 of 39]
.615, IUPUI (2003, 1st Round) [40 of 65]
by Opponent
.660 by Ohio State (1987, 1st Round) [3of 50]
.654 by Duke (1992, Elite 8) [34 of 52]
.605 by North Carolina (1977, Elite 8) [23 of 38]


Lowest Field-Goal Percentage
.245, Georgetown (1984, Final Four) [13 of 53]
.280, North Carolina (1995, Elite 8) [21 of 75]
.302, Temple (1958, Final Four) [19 of 63]
.311, UAB (2006, 1st Round) [19 of 61]
.316, Marquette (1994, 2nd Round) [24 of 76]
by Opponent
.241 by West Virginia (2015, Sweet 16) [13 of 54]
.263 by Stony Brook (2016, First Round) [20 of 76]
.282 by Notre Dame (1958, Elite 8) [22 of 78]
.288 by Hampton (2015, 2nd Round) [17 of 59]


3-Point Field Goals
16, Wake Forest (1993, Sweet 16)
15, East Tennessee State (2010, 1st Round)
13, Iowa (2001, 2nd Round)
13, Mount Saint Mary’s (1995, 1st Round)
12, North Carolina (2011, Elite 8)
12, Syracuse (1996, Championship)
by Opponent
13 by Arizona State (1995, Sweet 16)
12 by Kansas (1999, 2nd Round)


3-Point Field Goals Attempted
38, Marquette (1994, 2nd Round)
36, North Carolina (1995, Elite 8)
33, East Tennessee State (2010, 1st Round)
32, West Virginia (2010, Elite 8)
30, Arizona (1997, Championship)
by Opponent
33 by Davidson (2018, 1st Round)
32 by Northern Kentucky (2017, 1st Round)
32 by St. Bonaventure (2000, 1st Round)


3-Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 10 attempts)
.667, Wake Forest (1993, Sweet 16) [16 of 24]
.636, Wake Forest (1996, Elite 8) [7 of 11]
.583, Cincinnati (2005, 2nd Round) [7 of 12]
.571, New Mexico State (1999, 1st Round) [8 of 14]
.545, North Carolina (2011, Elite 8) [12 of 22]
.545, Duke (1992, Elite 8) [12 of 22]
by Opponent
.625 by Kansas (2007, 2nd Round) [10 of 16]
.571 by USC (2001, Sweet 16) [8 of 14]
.556 by Holy Cross (2001, Sweet 16) [10 of 18]


Free Throws
35, Indiana (2012, Sweet 16)
33, Tennessee State (1994, 1st Round)
30, Washington (1985, 1st Round)
30, Ohio State (1961, Elite 8)
30, Pittsburgh (1957, Sweet 16)
BY OPPONENT
38 by Loyola (1964, Regional Consolation)
34 by Arizona (1997, Championship)
34 by Iowa State (1992, 2nd Round)


Free Throws Attempted
48, Tennessee State (1994, 1st Round)
41, Pittsburgh (1957, Sweet 16)
40, Washington (1985, 1st Round)
39, Ohio State (1961, Elite 8)
38, Syracuse (1975, Final Four)
by Opponent
44 by Loyola (1964, Regional Consolation)
41 by Arizona (1997, Championship)
40 by UAB (1981, 2nd Round)


Free Throw Percentage (min. 10 attempts)
1.000, Utah (2003, Sweet 16) [18 of 18]
.946, Indiana (2012, Sweet 16) [35 of 37]
.944, Connecticut (2006, 2nd Round) [17 of 18]
.900, Dayton (1966, Sweet 16) [18 of 20]
.900, Wisconsin (2015, Final Four) [9 of 10]
by Opponent
1.000 by Villanova (1988, Sweet 16) [17 of 17]
.950 by Wisconsin (2014, Final Four) [19 of 20]
.917 by Utah (1997, Elite 8) [11 of 12]
.917 by North Carolina (1977, Elite 8) [33 of 36]


Rebound Margin
+27, Abilene Christina (2019, 1st Round)
+26, Florida State (1993, Sweet 16)
+23, Florida State (1980, 2nd Round)
+20, Hampton (2105, 2nd Round)
+20, Davidson (1986, 1st Round)
by Opponent
+25 by Marquette (1971, Regional Consolation)
+24 by Ohio State (1961, Elite 8)
+15 by Utah (1998, Championship)


Assists
35, San Jose State (1996, 1st Round)
33, Mount St. Mary’s (1995, 1st Round)
27, East Tennessee State (2010, 1st Round)
27, Arizona State (1995, Sweet 16)
26, Iowa State (1992, 2nd Round)
by Opponent
23 by Duke (1992, Elite 8)
23 by UCLA (1975, Championship)
21 by Marquette (2003, Elite 8)


Most Turnovers
25, Southern (1988, 1st Round)
23, Florida State (1978, 1st Round)
21, Syracuse (2000, 2nd Round)
20, Florida State (1993, Elite 8)
20, Louisville (1984, Sweet 16)
by Opponent
30 by Old Dominion (1992, 1st Round)
28 by Tennessee State (1994, 1st Round)
26 by Minnesota (1997, Final Four)
26 by San Jose State (1996, 1st Round)


Fewest Turnovers
4, Wisconsin (2014, Final Four)
6, UCLA (2017, Sweet 16)
6, Wisconsin (2015, Final Four)
6, Indiana (2012, Sweet 16)
6, Stanford (1998, Final Four)
6, Utah (1996, Sweet 16)
by Opponent
4 by Florida State (1978, 1st Round)
5 by St. John’s (1995, Sweet 16)
6 by Duke (1998, Elite 8)


Blocks
15, Stony Brook (2016, 1st Round)
14, UCLA (1998, Sweet 16)
11, Kansas (2012, National Championship)
11, Ohio State (2011, Sweet 16)
11, East Tennessee State (2010, 1st Round)
11, South Carolina State (1998, 1st Round)
11, Montana (1997, 1st Round)
by Opponent
9 by North Carolina (2017, Elite Eight)
9 by Florida State (1978, 1st Round)
8 by Massachusetts (1996, Final Four)
8 by Middle Tennessee (1982, 1st Round)


Steals
17, San Jose State (1996, 1st Round)
17, Tennessee State (1994, 1st Round)
16, Marquette (1994, 2nd Round)
16, Old Dominion (1992, 1st Round)
14, Minnesota (1997, Final Four)
14, Montana (1997, 1st Round)
by Opponent
13 by Florida A&M (2004, 1st Round)
11 by Kansas State (2018, Sweet 16)
11 by East Tennessee State (2010, 1st Round)
11 by USC (2001, Sweet 16)
11 by Louisville (1983, Elite 8)


Winning Margin
+46, Mount St. Mary’s, 1995 (1st Round) [113-67]
+44, Rider, 1993 (1st Round) [96-52]
+39, West Virginia, (2015, Sweet 16) [78-39]
+38, Montana, 1997 (1st Round) [92-54]
+38, San Jose State, 1996 (1st Round) [110-72]


NCAA Tournament Individual Game Highs


Individual Points
44, Dan Issel vs. Notre Dame (1970, Sweet 16)
41, Tayshaun Prince vs. Tulsa (2002, 2nd Round)
41, Jack Givens vs. Duke (1978, Finals)
36, Dan Issel vs. Miami, Ohio (1969, Reg. Cons.)
36, Dan Issel vs. Marquette (1968, Sweet 16)
by Opponent
52 by Austin Carr, Notre Dame (1970, Sweet 16)
36 by Henry Finkel, Dayton (1966, Sweet 16)
35 by Jim McDaniels, Western Kentucky (1971, Sweet 16)
34 by Carl Cain, Iowa (1956, Elite 8)
33 by Kent Benson, Indiana (1975, Elite 8)
33 by Jerry Lucas, Ohio State (1962, Elite 8)
33 by Jerry Lucas, Ohio State (1961, Elite 8)


Field Goals
18, Jack Givens vs. Duke (1978 Championship) [27 attempts]
17, Dan Issel vs. Notre Dame (1970 Sweet 16) [28 attempts]
15, Jim Andrews vs. Austin Peay (1973 Sweet 16) [19 attempts]
14, Tayshaun Prince vs. Tulsa (2002 2nd Round) [21 attempts]
14, Dan Issel vs. Marquette (1968 Sweet 16) [18 attempts]
14, Louie Dampier vs. Dayton (1966 Sweet 16) [23 attempts]
14, Bob Burrow vs. Wayne State (1956 Sweet 16)
by Opponent
22 by Austin Carr, Notre Dame (1970, 1st Round) [35 attempts]
15 by Henry Finkel, Dayton (1966, Sweet 16) [26 attempts]


Field Goal Attempts
30, Kevin Grevey vs. UCLA (1975 Championship) [13 made]
29, Bill Spivey vs. Kansas State (1951 Championship) [9 made
28, Dan Issel vs. Notre Dame (1970 Sweet 16) [17 made]
27, Jack Givens vs. Duke (1978 Championship) [18 made]
27, Pat Riley vs. Michigan (1966 Elite 8) [13 made]
27, Cotton Nash vs. Loyola (1964 Reg. Cons.) [11 made]
by Opponent
35 by Austin Carr, Notre Dame (1970, 1st Round) [22 made]
32 by Elgin Baylor, Seattle (1958, Nat. Championship) [9 made]
31 by James Williams, Austin Peay (1973, Sweet 16) [13 made]
29 by Don Hennon, Pittsburgh (1957, Sweet 16) [11 made]
26 by Ron Carter, VMI (1977, Sweet 16) [13 made]
26 by Henry Finkel, Dayton (1966, Sweet 16) [15 made]
26 by Bob Brown, Louisville (1951, 1st Round) [7 made]


Field Goal Percentage (min. 8 attempts)
1.000, Kenny Walker vs. W. Kentucky (1986, 2nd Round) [11-11]
.909, Travis Ford vs. Wake Forest (1993, Sweet 16) [10-11]
.900, DeMarcus Cousins vs. Wake Forest (2010, 2nd Rd.) [9-10]
.900, Patrick Patterson vs. E. Tenn. State (2010, 1st Rd.) [9-10]
.875, Three times last Anthony Davis vs. Louisville (2012, Final Four) [7-8]
by Opponent
1.000 by Christian Laettner, Duke (1992, Elite 8) [10-of-10]
.900 by Ben Caton, Utah (1996, Sweet 16) [9-of-10]
.875 by Ric Cobb, Marqutte (1969, Sweet 16) [7-of-8]
.818 by Randy Ayers, Miami, Ohio (1978, Sweet 16) [9-of-11]

3-Point Field Goals
8, Eric Bledsoe vs. E. Tenn. State (2010, 1st Rd.) [9 attempts]
7, Tony Delk vs. Syracuse (1996 Championship) [12 attempts]
6, Tayshaun Prince vs. Tulsa (2002 2nd Round) [8 attempts]
6, Tayshaun Prince vs. Iowa (2001 2nd Round) [8 attempts]
5, 15 times last by Doron Lamb (2012 3rd Round) [7 attempts]
by Opponent
6, 8 times last by Armoni Brooks, Houston (2019, Sweet 16)


3-Point Field Goals Attempts
14, Tony Delk vs. North Carolina (1995 Elite 8) [5 made]
12, Scott Padgett vs. Arizona (1997 Championship) [3 made]
12, Tony Delk vs. Syracuse (1996 Championship) [7 made]
12, Tony Delk vs. Marquette (1994 2nd Round) [5 made]
11, Brandon Knight vs. UConn (2011, Final Four)
11, Brandon Knight vs. North Carolina (2011, Elite 8)
by Opponent
18 by Jeff Boschee, Kansas (1999, 2nd Round) [6 made]
14, Terrence Woods, Florida A&M (2004, 1st Round)
12, Armoni Brooks, Houston (2019, Sweet 16)
12, Fletcher Magee, Wofford, (2019, 2nd Round)


3-Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 5 attempts)
1.000, Jamal Mashburn vs. Wake Forest (1993, Sweet 16) [5-5]
.889, Eric Bledsoe vs. E. Tenn. State (2010 1st Rd.) [8-9]
.833, Cameron Mills vs. St. Joseph’s (1997, Sweet 16) [5-6]
.833, Travis Ford vs. Wake Forest (1993, Sweet 16) [5-6]
.800, John Pelphrey vs. Iowa State (1992, 2nd Round) [4-5]
by Opponent
.857, Brandon Rush, Kansas (2007, 2nd Round) [6 of 7]
.833 by Shannon Brown, Michigan State (2005, Elite 8) [5-of-6]
.800, Nathan Hoover, Wofford (2019, 2nd Round) [4 of 5]
.800, Isaac Hamilton, UCLA (2017, Sweet 16) [4 of 5]


Free Throws
17, Roger Newman vs. Ohio State (1961 Elite 8) [22 attempts]
14, Randolph Morris vs. Kansas (2007, 2nd Round)
13, Five times, last by De’Aaron Fox vs. UCLA (2017, Sweet 16)
by Opponent
16 by John Riser, Pittsburgh (1957, Sweet 16) [17 attempts]
15 by Ron Bayless, Iowa State (1992, 2nd Round) [16 attempts]
14 by Miles Simon, Arizona (1997 Championship) [17 attempts]
14 by Dean Meminger, Marquette (1971, Reg. Consol.) [17 att.]
14 by Jim Coleman, Loyola (1964, Elite 8) [17 attempts]


Free Throw Attempts
22, Roger Newman vs. Ohio State (1961 Elite 8) [17 made]
20, PJ Washington vs. Kansas State (2018, Sweet 16)
19, Rodrick Rhodes vs. Tenn. St. (1994 1st Round) [13 made]
17, Scott Padgett vs. Kansas (1999 2nd Round) [13 made]
by Opponent
18 by Robert Kendrick, Wayne State (1956 Sweet 16) [10 made]
17 by Miles Simon, Arizona (1997 Championship) [14 made]
17 by Dean Meminger, Marquette (1971, Reg. Consolation) [14 made]
17 by Jim Coleman, Loyola (1964, Elite 8) [14 made]
17 by John Riser, Pittsburgh (1957, Sweet 16) [16 made]


Free Throw Percentage (min. 8 attempts)
1.000, 11 times, last by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Indiana (2012, Sweet 16) [10 of 10]
by Opponent
1.000, 14 times last by Jared Harper, Auburn (2019, Elite 8) [11 of 11]


Rebounds
24, Jerry Bird vs. Iowa (1956, Elite 8)
21, Bill Spivey vs. Kansas State (1951, Championship)
18, Bam Adebayo vs. NKU (2017, 1st Round)
16, Six times, last Anthony Davis vs. Kansas (2012, Championship)
by Opponent
30, Jerry Lucas, Ohio State (1961, Elite 8)
23, Kent Benson, Indiana (1975, Elite 8)
20, Artis Gilmore, Jacksonville (1970, Elite 8)
19, Elgin Baylor, Seattle (1958, Championship)


Assists
14, Dicky Beal vs. BYU (1984, 2nd Round)
11, John Wall vs. E. Tennessee State (2010, 1st Round)
9, Seven times, last by Ramel Bradley vs. Kansas (2007, 2nd Round)
by Opponent
14 by Andre McCarter, UCLA (1975, National Championship)
12 by Edgar Padilla, Massachusetts (1996, Final Four)
11 by Dwayne Wade, Marquette (2003, Elite 8)
11 by Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State (1999, Elite 8)
11 by Bruce Douglass, Illinois (1984, Elite 8)


Blocks
7, Anthony Davis vs. Western Kentucky (2012, 2nd Round)
6, Skal Labissiere vs. Stony Brook (2016, 1st Round)
6, Anthony Davis vs. Kansas (2012, Championship)
6, Anthony Davis vs. Baylor (2012, Elite 8)
6, Jamaal Magloire vs. UCLA (1998, Sweet 16)
6, Nazr Mohammed vs. UCLA (1998, Sweet 16)
by Opponent
6, Marcus Camby, Massachusetts (1996, Final Four)
5, Buck Hailey, Middle Tennessee (1982, 1st Round)
5, Bo Ellis, Marquette (1975, 1st Round)
4, Eight times, last by Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina (2017, Elite 8)


Steals
6, Anthony Epps vs. San Jose State (1996, 1st Round)
6, Antoine Walker vs. San Jose State (1996, 1st Round)
6, Dicky Beal vs. Louisville (1984, Sweet 16)
5, Nine times, last Shai Gilgeous-Alexander vs. Davidson (2018, 1st Round)
by Opponent
5, Terrence Woods, Florida A&M (2004, 1st Round)
5, Tim Horton, Tennessee State (1994, 1st Round)
4, 16 times, last by Reginald Johnson, Hampton (2015, 1st Round)