1947–48 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

The 1947–48 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team, also known as the Fabulous Five,[1] 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
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NCAA Tournament National Champions
SEC regular season and tournament champions
ConferenceSoutheast Conference
Record36–3 (9-0 SEC)
Head coach
Assistant coachHarry Lancaster
Home arenaAlumni Gymnasium

They won 36 of 39 games in their conference, earning them the 1948 NCAA Basketball Tournament championship.[2]

NCAA tournamentEdit

  • East
    • Kentucky 76, Columbia 53
  • Final Four
    • Kentucky 60, Holy Cross 52
  • Championship
    • Kentucky 58, Baylor 42


Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

Player NBA Club
Joe Holland Baltimore Bullets
Ken Rollins Fort Wayne Pistons
Jack Parkinson Washington Capitols


Fabulous FiveEdit

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).[2][1] Following the successful 1947-1948 season at UK, all five competed as a unit and won gold at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.[2][5][6] 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.[7][1]


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  6. ^ Taylor, Keith (2021-06-29). "Two former Kentucky basketball players named to the U.S. Olympic Team". NKY Tribune. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  7. ^ "Men's Basketball Retired Jerseys". UK Athletics. n.d. Retrieved 2022-02-25.