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TIMELINE
1895-1930

So just how much do you know about Kentucky’s basketball history? Here’s a timeline of great moments tracing more than a century of our state’s roundball heritage.


1895
  • First basketball games in Kentucky are played at the old YMCA gym in Louisville.

  • Berea College organizes its first basketball team.

1902
  • Despite objections from the women’s physical education director, student interest leads to the first women’s basketball team at the University of Kentucky.

  • Transylvania University and Centre College begin playing basketball.

1903
  • UK men’s team plays its first-ever game against Georgetown College. Georgetown wins 15-6.

1909
  • Eastern Kentucky University fields a team for the first time. They’re known as the “Maroons.”

  • University of Louisville fields first team.

1912
  • After officially becoming the “Wildcats,” UK’s men boast their first perfect season with a 9-0 record.

1914
  • Western Kentucky University fields first women’s basketball team.

1916
  • First unofficial state high school tournament is played at Centre College. Henderson wins the championship.

1918
  • Lexington High (Henry Clay) wins the state’s first Kentucky High School Athletic Association-sanctioned state tournament.

1919
  • Led by center Ed Diddle, the Centre College team goes 11-0 and is hailed as the best team in the South.

1920
  • KHSAA begins sponsorship of a girls’ bracket in the state tournament.

1921
  • UK wins its first major basketball championship, taking the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament and the title “Basketball Champion of the South.”

1923
  • Ed Diddle, coach of WKU’s men’s and women’s teams, defeats UK’s women’s team, coached by law school student A.B. “Happy” Chandler, to win the Kentucky state women’s championship.

1928
  • Ashland beats the Carr Creekers in a now-legendary four-overtime high school game.

1929
  • Morehead State University fields its first team.

1930
  • Beating out 71 other applicants, Adolph Rupp is hired to coach UK’s men’s team.



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