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1946-47 Kentucky basketball team

Posted on November 10, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

The 1946-47 University of Kentucky basketball team photo, taken in December 1946. The team ended the season 34-3 as SEC regular-season champions, SEC Tournament champions and NIT runners-up. The Cats outscored their opponents by an average of 30 points a game (68.5 ppg vs. 38.3 ppg). The three games they lost were by a combined 16 points. They were retroactively recognized as the national champion by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Pictured in the back row, from left, Ken Campbell, Joe Holland, Alex Groza, Bob Brannum, Malcolm McMullen and Wallace (Wah Wah) Jones. Second row,from left: manager Humsey Yessin, Mulford (Muff) Davis, Albert Cummins, Ralph Beard, Buddy Parker, Kenny Rollins and Cliff Barker. Front row, from left: Coach Adolph Rupp, Jim Line, Jack Tingle, Dale Barnstable, Jim Jordan and assistant coach Harry Lancaster. Beard, Groza, Jones, Barker and Rollins were dubbed the Fabulous Five after guiding UK to their second national title the following year. Click on the image for a closer look and note that the player sitting next to Rupp, No. 25 Jim Line, is wearing a jersey with an unfortunate misspelling. Published in the Lexington Leader on Jan. 31, 1947. The 2017-18 team tips off the season Nov. 10. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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