The History of Kentucky Freshmen & JV Teams
- 1940's-

| 1940-41 | 1941-42 | 1942-43 | 1943-44 | 1944-45 | 1945-46 | 1946-47 | 1947-48 | 1948-49 | 1949-50 |

1940-41 - (Won 6; Lost 2) - Coach: Paul McBrayer

1940-41 Freshman Team


1941-42 - (Won 2; Lost 2) - Coach: Paul McBrayer

1941-42 Freshman Team


1942-43 through 1947-48 - No freshman teams

Due to World War II, freshmen became eligible in order to provide enough able-bodied players to maintain the varsity squads. This was retained for a number of years, even after the war was completed.

After the war ended, veterans with remaining eligibility returned to campus under the GI bill. This swelled the ranks of college basketball stars, in particular for schools like Kentucky.

But it would not be until 1948-49 when the freshman team at UK was reinstated. The assistant coach at the time, Harry Lancaster, was assigned the task of coaching the Kittens.

Freshman Cage Coach Harry Lancaster
The Kentucky Kernel December 10, 1948


1948-49 - (Won 15; Lost 0) - Coach: Harry Lancaster

1948-49 Freshman Team
Seated (l to r): Varsity Coach Adolph Rupp, Gus Stergeos, Len Pearson, Guy Strong, Arlan King, Burt Cox, Gene Auen, Lucian Whitaker, Bobby Watson and Freshman Coach Lancaster
Standing: Myron Hill, C.M. Newton, Dick Swan, Bill Neu, Bill Spivey, Ted Price, Walter Whittaker, George Lambros, Dick Scott and Manager Ed Hall

1948-49 Freshman Roster

Article from The Kentucky Kernel January 7, 1949

Photo from The Kentucky Kernel January 7, 1949


1949-50 - (Won 15; Lost 1) - Coach: Harry Lancaster

1949-50 Freshman Team

1949-50 Freshman Schedule

1949-50 Freshman Stats and Results

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