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Kentucky Wildcats NCAA Tournament History & Scores

Kentucky Wildcats All-Time NCAA Tournament Record: 119-49
Tournament Appearances: 55
Final Fours: 16
Championships: 7 (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012)

One of the winningest programs in the hostory of college basketball, the Kentucky Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament more than 50 times winning more than double their games in the Big Dance. The 7-time National Champions last won the NCAA Tournament in 1998.


1942 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Illinois in regional semifinal, 46-44
  • Lost to Dartmouth in regional final, 48-28

1945 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Ohio State in regional semifinal, 45-37
  • Defeated Tufts in third place game, 66-56

1948 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Columbia in regional semifinal, 76-53
  • Defeated Holy Cross in regional final, 60-52
  • Defeated Baylor in National Championship, 58-42

1949 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Villanova in regional semifinal, 85-72
  • Defeated Illinois in regional final, 76-47
  • Defeated Oklahoma State in National Championship, 46-36

1951 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Louisville in second round, 79-68
  • Defeated St. John's in regional semifinal, 59-43
  • Defeated Illinois in regional final, 76-74
  • Defeated Kansas State in National Championship, 68-58

1952 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Penn State in second round, 82-54
  • Lost to St. John's in regional semifinal, 64-57

1955 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Marquette in second round, 79-71
  • Defeated Penn State in third place game, 84-59

1956 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Wayne State MICH in regional semifinal, 84-64
  • Lost to Iowa in regional final, 89-77

1957 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Pittsburgh in regional semifinal, 98-92
  • Lost to Michigan State in regional final, 80-68

1958 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Miami (OH) in regional semifinal, 94-70
  • Defeated Notre Dame in regional final, 89-56
  • Defeated Temple in National Semifinal, 61-60
  • Defeated Seattle U in National Championship, 84-72

1959 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Louisville in regional semifinal, 76-61
  • Defeated Marquette in third place game, 98-69

1961 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Morehead State in regional semifinal, 71-64
  • Lost to Ohio State in regional final, 87-74

1962 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Butler in regional semifinal, 81-60
  • Lost to Ohio State in regional final, 74-64

1964 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Ohio in regional semifinal, 85-69
  • Lost to Loyola (IL) in third place game, 100-91

1966 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Dayton in regional semifinal, 86-79
  • Defeated Michigan in regional final, 84-77
  • Defeated Duke in National Semifinal, 83-79
  • Lost to UTEP in National Championship, 72-65

1968 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Marquette in regional semifinal, 107-89
  • Lost to Ohio State in regional final, 82-81

1969 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Marquette in regional semifinal, 81-74
  • Defeated Miami (OH) in third place game, 72-71

1970 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Notre Dame in regional semifinal, 109-99
  • Lost to Jacksonville in regional final, 106-100

1971 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Western Kentucky in regional semifinal, 107-83
  • Lost to Marquette in third place game, 91-74

1972 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Marquette in regional semifinal, 85-69
  • Lost to Florida State in regional final, 73-54

1973 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Austin Peay in regional semifinal, 106-100
  • Lost to Indiana in regional final, 72-65

1975 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Marquette in second round, 76-54
  • Defeated Central Michigan in regional semifinal, 90-73
  • Defeated Indiana in regional final, 92-90
  • Defeated Syracuse in National Semifinal, 95-79
  • Lost to UCLA in National Championship, 92-85

1977 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Princeton in second round, 72-58
  • Defeated Virginia Military in regional semifinal, 93-78
  • Lost to North Carolina in regional final, 79-72

1978 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Florida State in second round, 85-76
  • Defeated Miami (OH) in regional semifinal, 91-69
  • Defeated Michigan State in regional final, 52-49
  • Defeated Arkansas in National Semifinal, 64-59
  • Defeated Duke in National Championship, 94-88

1980 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Florida State in second round, 97-78
  • Lost to Duke in regional semifinal, 55-54

1982 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Middle Tennessee State in first round, 50-44

1983 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Ohio in second round, 57-40
  • Defeated Indiana in regional semifinal, 64-59
  • Lost to Louisville in regional final, 80-68

1984 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Brigham Young in second round, 93-68
  • Defeated Louisville in regional semifinal, 72-67
  • Defeated Illinois in regional final, 54-51
  • Lost to Georgetown in National Semifinal, 53-40

1985 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Washington in first round, 66-58
  • Defeated UNLV in second round, 64-61
  • Lost to St. John's in regional semifinal, 86-70

1987 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Central Michigan in first round, 92-73
  • Lost to Wyoming in second round, 78-68

1986 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Davidson in first round, 75-55
  • Defeated Western Kentucky in second round, 71-64
  • Defeated Alabama in regional semifinal, 68-63
  • Lost to LSU in regional final, 59-57

1987 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Ohio State in first round, 91-77

1988 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Southern University in first round, 99-84
  • Defeated Maryland in second round, 90-81
  • Lost to Villanova in regional semifinal, 80-74

1992 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Old Dominion in first round, 88-69
  • Defeated Iowa State in second round, 106-98
  • Defeated Massachusetts in regional semifinal, 87-77
  • Lost to Duke in regional final, 104-103

1993 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Rider in first round, 96-52
  • Defeated Utah in second round, 83-62
  • Defeated Wake Forest in regional semifinal, 103-69
  • Defeated Florida State in regional final, 106-81
  • Lost to Michigan in National Semifinal, 81-78

1994 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Tennessee State in first round, 83-70
  • Lost to Marquette in second round, 75-63

1995 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Mount St. Mary's in first round, 113-67
  • Defeated Tulane in second round, 82-60
  • Defeated Arizona State in regional semifinal, 97-73
  • Lost to North Carolina in regional final, 74-61

1996 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated San Jose State in first round, 110-72
  • Defeated Virginia Tech in second round, 84-60
  • Defeated Utah in regional semifinal, 101-70
  • Defeated Wake Forest in regional final, 83-63
  • Defeated Massachusetts in National Semifinal, 81-74
  • Defeated Syracuse in National Championship, 76-67

1997 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Montana in first round, 92-54
  • Defeated Iowa in second round, 75-69
  • Defeated Saint Joseph's in regional semifinal, 83-68
  • Defeated Utah in regional final, 72-59
  • Defeated Minnesota in National Semifinal, 78-69
  • Lost to Arizona in National Championship, 84-79

1998 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated South Carolina State in first round, 82-67
  • Defeated Saint Louis in second round, 88-61
  • Defeated UCLA in regional semifinal, 94-68
  • Defeated Duke in regional final, 86-84
  • Defeated Stanford in National Semifinal, 86-85
  • Defeated Utah in National Championship, 78-69

1999 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated New Mexico State in first round, 82-60
  • Defeated Kansas in second round, 92-88
  • Defeated Miami (OH) in regional semifinal, 58-43
  • Lost to Michigan State in regional final, 73-66

2000 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated St. Bonaventure in first round, 85-80
  • Lost to Syracuse in second round, 52-50

2001 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Holy Cross in first round, 72-68
  • Defeated Iowa in second round, 92-79
  • Lost to USC in regional semifinal, 80-76

2002 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Valparaiso in first round, 83-68
  • Defeated Tulsa in second round, 87-17
  • Lost to Maryland in regional semifinal, 78-68

2003 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated IUPUI in first round, 95-64
  • Defeated Utah in second round, 74-54
  • Defeated Wisconsin in regional semifinal, 63-57
  • Lost to Marquette in regional final, 83-69

2004 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Florida A&M in first round, 96-76
  • Lost to UAB in second round, 76-75

2005 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Eastern Kentucky in first round, 72-64
  • Defeated Cincinnati in second round, 69-60
  • Defeated Utah in regional semifinal, 62-52
  • Lost to Michigan State in regional final, 94-88

2006 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated UAB in first round, 69-64
  • Lost to Connecticut in second round, 87-83

2007 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Villanova in first round, 67-58
  • Lost to Kansas in second round, 88-76

2008 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Marquette in first round, 74-66

2010 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated East Tennessee State in first round, 100-71
  • Defeated Wake Forest in second round, 90-60
  • Defeated Cornell in regional semifinal, 62-45
  • Lost to West Virginia in regional final, 73-66

2011 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Princeton in first round, 59-57
  • Defeated West Virginia in second round, 71-63
  • Defeated Ohio State in Sweet 16, 62-60
  • Defeated North Carolina in Elite 8, 76-69
  • Lost to Connecticut in Final Four, 56-55

2012 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Western Kentucky in first round, 81-66
  • Defeated Iowa State in second round, 87-71
  • Defeated Indiana in Sweet 16, 102-90
  • Defeated Baylor in Elite 8, 82-70
  • Defeated Louisville in Final Four, 69-61
  • Defeated Kansas in National Championship, 67-59

2014 NCAA Tournament

  • Second Round - Kansas State - W 56-49
  • Third Round - Wichita State - W 78-76
  • Sweet 16 - Louisville - W 74-69
  • Elite 8 - Michigan - W 75-72
  • Final Four - Wisconsin - W 74-73
  • National Championship - Connecticut - L 60-54

2015 NCAA Tournament

  • Second Round - #16 Hampton - W 79-56
  • Third Round - #8 Cincinnati - W 64-51
  • Sweet 16 - #5 West Virginia - W 78-39
  • Elite 8 - #3 Notre Dame - W 68-66
  • Final Four - #1 Wisconsin - L 71-64

 

 


 


 

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