|#14||Joseph Hagan (L)||F||Sr.||6-2||-||Louisville, KY (Male & St. Xavier)||All-SEC [Second Team]; All-SEC Tournament;|
|#27||Fred Curtis (L)||F||Jr.||6-3||169||Nashville, TN (East)||-|
|#3||Bernard Opper (L)||G||Jr.||5-10||185||New York, NY (Morris High)||All-SEC [First Team]; All-SEC Tournament;|
|#13||Homer Thompson (L)||C||Jr.||6-4||215||Jeffersonville, IN (High)||-|
|#10||Layton Rouse (L)||G||So.||6-1||169||Ludlow, KY||-|
|-||Ed Gough||G||-||5-11||-||Lexington, KY||-|
|#12||Marion Cluggish (L)||C||So.||6-8||235||Corbin, KY||-|
|#7||James Goodman (L)||F||So.||6-3||168||Paris, KY (High)||-|
|#15||J. Rice Walker (L)||C-F||Sr.||6-3||190||Lexington, KY (Henry Clay)||-|
|#23||Harry Denham||C||So.||6-0||168||Maysville, KY (High)||-|
|#13||Robert Davis||C||Sr.||6-0||170||Dayton, KY (High)||-|
|#10||Elmo Head (L)||F||Jr.||5-10||146||Shelbyville, KY||-|
|#8||Charles Combs (L)||G||Sr.||5-11||160||Happy, KY (Berea Academy)||-|
|-||Ralph Jackowski (L)||F||So.||5-11||185||Chicago, IL (St. Rita)||-|
|-||Larry Spears||C||So.||6-5||200||Ceredo, WV (Ceredo-Kenova)||-|
|-||John Trivette||F||So.||6-0||165||Pikeville, KY (Pikeville College Academy)||-|
|-||Harris Walker||G||So.||-||-||Maysville, KY (High) [Columbia Military Academy, Columbia, TN]||-|
| Schedule | Player Statistics | Game Statistics |
Seated (l to r): Head Coach Adolph Rupp, John Trivette, Robert Davis, Ed Gough, Charles Combs, J. Rice Walker, Layton Rouse, Harry Denham, Ralph Jackowski, Assistant Coach Paul McBrayer
Season Review - Basketball (Kentuckian)
Opening with a 69-35 win over Berea College, the 1937-38 version of the Wildcat basketball machine launched upon one of the most ambitious schedules ever carded for a Kentucky net team and when the season had been curtained, one of the most enviable records ever attained by a Blue squad had been registered.
The highlight of the 1937 portion of the year was the Sugar Bowl victory over Pittsburgh on December 29 in the basketball feature of the Midwinter Sports Association Carnival held in New Orleans. Pitt, as Eastern Intercollegiate League champs, came South with one of the best teams in the history of the school but were decisively trampled by Kentucky, led by Opper and Hagan, for the first win ever attained by a Southern team since the series was inaugurated three years ago.
Immediately after classes convened following the Christmas holidays came the Northern jaunt and first a 43-38 loss to Michigan State, then Detroit University scalped the Wildcats by 34-26. followed by a 47-37 loss to Notre Dame. Failure to cash in on foul shots cost Kentucky the game with Michigan State. During the game the Cats were granted 15 free chances at the goal and made but four good. The entire offensive burden was carried by Hagan who put seven field goals over the rim.
Off to a slow start in the Detroit encounter, Coach Rupp's pupils were never able to catch within eight points of the fast-passing Northerners, who played their best game of the year. Hagan again was the scoring end of the team with 16 points.
The third straight loss, an all time high since Coach Rupp moved into the basketball front office, was suffered when Johnny Moir, the Irish contribution to the All-American team, led a deadly shooting Notre Dame five to a 47-37 win. With Hagan temporarily stopped, Thompson took over the offensive responsibilities and added 15 markers.
Then a short conference victory was made with Tennessee falling victim to the Cats by 52-27 and Alabama's mighty Crimson Wave being reduced to an anemic ripple with a 57-31 riot. Vanderbilt was the next victim before a 42-19 onslaught.
The fourth defeat was felt after a journey to Cincinnati to engage the Xavier Musketeers, who won over the listless Cats by 35-29. Next Michigan State invaded Alumni gym for a return bout and were humiliated by 44-27 as Opper and Hagan combined to score from all angles during the last half.
Another revenge victory came Kentucky's way when Xavier made their local appearance and received e 45-29 lacing for their travel. Hagan led the scorers with 12 points but the defensive play of Rouse, sensational sophomore guard, was the outstanding phase of the fray.
From the spot which Hagan made the winning flip, Governor Chandler drove a nail into the floor as a remembrance of the occasion.
The conference schedule was closed with an unblemished slate as Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Alabama were each again defeated.
In their first engagement in the annual tournament, before a scant crowd in Louisiana State's huge coliseum, Kentucky was eliminated by the combination of a band of inspired Tulane Oreenies and the whistle conscious referees, who called fouls on the bewildred Wildcats for every rule infraction in the book. Unable to get their high pressure offense started because of the rigid arbitration, Kentucky was helpless. Bernard Opper, who was later selected as new captain of next season's team, was named to a guard post on the All-tournament honor team picked at the tournament, while "Red" Hagan was picked for the second team.
The season marked the end of the trail for three graduating seniors, Capt. Walker, Hagan, and Charley Combs, all of whom received letters for their services to the squad.