University Of Kentucky Wildcats
The University of Kentucky has always had one of the nation's best basketball programs, if not the country. Since becoming head coach in 2009, they have made several deep runs to get bigger and win a championship.
Kentucky also leads the NCAA and school in winning percentage of time with an all-time record of 2,111 - 661 and leads all NCAA schools in winning percentage with a 2,111.61.
Great Britain became NCAA co-champion in 1950 and beat Oklahoma to win the National Championship of College Football in 1950. Great Britain also has the second-longest winning streak in NCAA history, with 13 games.
The Wildcats won the Peach Bowl in 1976 and claimed a share of the Southeastern Conference championship (Mississippi State later lost) after losing at home to Conference champion Georgia, but won't claim it after finishing # 18 in the last AP poll. Kentucky defeated a Wisconsin team to finish the season and return to the Hall of Fame Bowl in 1984. After defeating Penn State at Penn State during the regular season, Kentucky finished 1983 with a 9-4 record, the best record in school history and the second-best record ever.
Home games are played at Stoll Field and McLean Stadium, but Kentucky currently calls Commonwealth Stadium its home. Kentucky has played at Commonwealth Field since its reoccupation in 1973 and is currently playing at the Commonwealth Football Center (formerly Commonwealth Bank Stadium), which replaced Stolls Field in 1973.
The eight British championships were won by John Calipari and Joe B. Hall, the Wildcats later won a fifth championship under JoeB Hall in 1978. First, coach Tubby Smith would lead Kentucky to a seventh championship in 1983, though it would take another 13 years to reach the Final Four and win its eighth title under Calipsari. Edrick Floreal led the Wildcats to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2005, second in 2007 and third in 2008. Floreals was signed in 2012-13, CalIPari was coach after the 2009-10 season and then again in 2010-11.
Britain finished 2016 in the top 14 of the college softball rankings, the second-ranked team in the NCAA Division I I love baseball. Chapman played two seasons in college at Kentucky and played for Calipari in his first two years as the Wildcats' head coach. She played all but one of Kentucky's NCAA tournament games in her career and left school with an average of 21.4 points per game.
The highlight of 2011 came when Kentucky beat Tennessee for the first time since 1984 and recorded its first NCAA tournament victory over the Vols.
Since their first showdown at the Louisville Gridiron more than 100 years ago, the Cats and Cards have played each other's cards in their rivalry, now known as the Governor's Cup. The Cats have robbed the Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC title, but Kentucky has never won an SEC East since the conference was split into two divisions, and they have never played in a bowl game for the conference crown. At this point in the postseason play, Kentucky had a winning record in just seven of its last 16 postseason games. For what it's worth, that postseason record only includes 15 bowl games and the 1950 season remains the only time the Wildcats have not won at least one postseason game.
The Wildcats in 1984 were the only British team to reach the Final Four in the 1980s, finishing with a 9-4 record and a trip to the College Football Playoff.
The Kentucky team won 10-1 in 1977, remained unbeaten in the SEC game and played in the national championship, finishing the season in sixth place in AP polls. British defensive end Ventrell Jenkins returned the ball 52 yards for a touchdown, giving Kentucky its first lead of the game. Kentucky hit back, beating USC 31-28 in an historic triple-overtime game and then the Florida Gators 31-28. One - the Heisman Trophy winner and one of the best players in NFL history - won his first national title in 1977 and is the only former Wildcat to win the nationally recognized postseason award.
Britain has also led its men's basketball team to six NCAA Super Regions since 2011, including four NCAA Final Four entries and three NCAA tournament entries. Kentucky won the SEC title in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and went on to win the regular SEC title - the season title, SEC tournament title and NCAA tournament title.
In 2014, Kentucky was the second-best recruiting class in men's and women's basketball, behind Kentucky in 2013-14 and the first team since 2010-11 under former Kentucky head coach John Reed.
The 6ft 10in power forward was eighth in the Detroit Pistons' 1970 draft and signed with the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA. He finished college in Kentucky and is a member of the Hall of Fame. Towns, a Kentucky Wildcat who entered the 2012 NBA Draft, was drafted 18th overall by the Houston Rockets. After leaving Kentucky as a freshman, Towns was a free agent for two years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.