The 1947–48 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team, also known as the Fabulous Five, represented University of Kentucky. The head coach was Adolph Rupp. The team was a member of the Southeast Conference and played their home games at Alumni Gymnasium.
|1947–48 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball|
NCAA Tournament National Champions
SEC regular season and tournament champions
|Record||36–3 (9-0 SEC)|
|Assistant coach||Harry Lancaster|
|Home arena||Alumni Gymnasium|
- Kentucky 76, Columbia 53
- Final Four
- Kentucky 60, Holy Cross 52
- Kentucky 58, Baylor 42
Awards and honorsEdit
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Team players drafted into the NBAEdit
|Joe Holland||Baltimore Bullets|
|Ken Rollins||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|Jack Parkinson||Washington Capitols|
Though the Fabulous Five referred to the whole team during the 1947-1948 season, five players stood out in particular: Ralph Beard (guard), Alex Groza (center), Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones (forward), Cliff Barker (forward), and Kenny Rollins (guard). Following the successful 1947-1948 season at UK, all five competed as a unit and won gold at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Rollins graduated but the other four returned for the 1948-1949 season, which they dominated. Coach Rupp then retired the jerseys of Barker, Beard, Groza, Jones, and Rollins.
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