The Kentucky Basketball Statistics Project
Well over 99% of the web pages on this site are generated from a database. Maintaining the information in a database is the only reasonable way to maintain the data and ensure that it is as accurate as possible. This also allows for the inclusion of an extraordinary amount of internal links which allow for easy navigation and browsing. The site is designed to be fast and clean, without a lot of unnecessary coding which may interfere with being able to quickly access the information. (If you're looking for eye candy, you've come to the wrong place.) If you have any additional information or find any errors, please contact me at the email address listed at the bottom of this page. Enjoy !
| Current Statistics | General Statistics | Individual Records | Individual Honors | Player Ratings | Team Rankings | Team Honors | Games Lists | Historical Trends | Arenas | Opponent Lists | Statistical Links | Statistical Discrepancies | Revision Log | Downloads | References | Assistance | Notes |
|NCAA Tournament||SEC Tournament|
|Free Throw Attempts||Career||Season||Game||Debut||Finale||Opp||Career||Game||Opp||Career||Game||Opp|
|Free Throw Percentage||Career||Season||Game||Debut||Finale||Opp||Career||Game||Opp||Career||Game||Opp|
|Field Goal Attempts||Career||Season||Game||Debut||Finale||Opp||Career||Game||Opp||Career||Game||Opp|
|Field Goal Percentage||Career||Season||Game||Debut||Finale||Opp||Career||Game||Opp||Career||Game||Opp|
|3 pt Field Goals||Career||Season||Game||Debut||Finale||Opp||Career||Game||Opp||Career||Game||Opp|
|3 pt Field Goal Attempts||Career||Season||Game||Debut||Finale||Opp||Career||Game||Opp||Career||Game||Opp|
|3 pt Field Goal Percentage||Career||Season||Game||Debut||Finale||Opp||Career||Game||Opp||Career||Game||Opp|
Also available is a list of individual triple- and double-doubles by both Kentucky (by player or date) and their opponents (by player or date). A listing of most double-doubles by an individual Kentucky player is also available by career or by season.
Additionally a list of most games played and most victories in a career is available.
Finally, a list of games in which players played in all minutes available are listed for UK (sorted by Player or Date) and by UK Opponent (sorted by Player or Date) along with by season and by career.
Individual Records by Class
|Category||Season by Class||Game by Class|
|Points||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Rebounds||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Assists||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Steals||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Blocked Shots||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Free Throws||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Free Throw Attempts||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Free Throw Percentage||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Field Goals||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Field Goal Attempts||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|Field Goal Percentage||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|3 pt Field Goals||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|3 pt Field Goal Attempts||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
|3 pt Field Goal Percentage||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year||Frosh||Soph||Junior||Senior||First Year||Final Year|
Individual Season Honors
Individual Career Honors
More Individual UK Career & Information Lists
Below are some selected player ratings through the years. Unfortunately, the information necessary for the Tendex system is only available back to 1979, so only a subset of players is available. For more information on how these ratings are calculated, please check the following page.
|Season per Minute||Rating|
|Season per Game||Rating|
|Season per Possession||-||-||-||Rating||Offensive|
|Career per Minute||Rating|
|Career per Game||Rating|
|Current Players per Minute||Rating|
|Current Players per Game||Rating|
Note that there is also available a rating (modified tendex per minute) of the most recent game played by Kentucky, with included grades.
The Associated Press has ranked college basketball teams since the 1948-49 season. Due to the longevity and completeness of this poll, the information was used to determine the relative strengths of both Kentucky and their opponents for games during those times. In putting this information together, the convention was used that if a game is played on the same day that a new poll comes out, the rank of the new poll is used. (although at the time the game was played, this information may not have been known.)
Kentucky Games as a Ranked Team
Kentucky Opponents as a Ranked Team
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Game Lists - Currently 3034 boxscores recorded (well over 99 % of all games played).
Game High Records
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Tournament and Special Event Lists
Regional Game Lists
Kentucky was an early pioneer in moving outside of its natural region to play against teams from other regions of the country. In addition, there are some cities where historically, Kentucky has played many of its tournament and neutral games. Below is included links to lists of games Kentucky has played in various metropolitan areas.| Atlanta | Birmingham | Charlotte | Chicago | Cincinnati | Cleveland | Dallas | Detroit | Houston | Indianapolis | Las Vegas | Kansas City | Knoxville | Los Angeles | Louisville | Memphis | Minneapolis | Nashville | New Orleans | New York | Philadelphia | St. Louis | Tampa |
Also included is a listing of the cities where UK played its games, and grouped by state.
Also included is a list of different arenas Kentucky has played in over the years. If you are interested in the history of basketball gymnasiums and how they have evolved and developed over the years, please see my two-part article here.
The information below is incomplete. Any additional information is always welcome. The following are some individual lists of various notable arenas. See the above page for a more complete list. A separate page is also available for games played in domed stadiums and games played where Kentucky is the first team to play collegiate basketball in the arena.
Current Major Neutral Arenas: - | Amalie Arena (Tampa, FL) | Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN) | Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY) | Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN) | Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN) | Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) | Superdome (New Orleans, LA) | T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, NV) | United Center (Chicago, IL)|
SEC & Major Opponent Arenas: - | Auburn Arena (Auburn) | Bud Walton Arena (Arkansas) | Coleman Coliseum (Alabama) | Colonial Life Arena (South Carolina) | Exactech Arena (Florida) | Humphrey Coliseum (Mississippi State) | Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) | Mizzou Arena (Missouri) | The Pavilion (Ole Miss) | Pete Maravich Assembly Center (Louisiana State) | Reed Arena (Texas A & M) | Stegeman Coliseum (Georgia) | Thompson-Boling Arena (Tennessee) | Yum! Center (Louisville) |
Historic & Defunct Arenas: - | Allen Fieldhouse | Atlanta City Auditorium | Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center | Carrier Dome | Chicago Stadium | Cincinnati Gardens | Ellis Auditorium | Freedom Hall | Georgia Dome | Lahaina Civic Center | Jefferson County Armory | Madison Square Garden (Old) | Omni | Owensboro Sportscenter | Palestra | Pyramid | RCA Dome | Riverfront Coliseum | Springfield Civic Center |
Below are listings of opposing coaches. The first list includes selected coaches of today and the past and includes the records they had against Kentucky. The second list contains the names of opposing coaches who had a special relationship to the University of Kentucky, or who were noteworthy for another reason. The final list contains a listing of coaches who played against Kentucky as players and who later on coached against Kentucky. Their stats line as a player are given if available. These lists are incomplete. If anyone can provide additional information, please let me know.
|Selected||by Overall Wins||Notable||Opposing Coach & Player|
Also included is a listing of Kentucky games against great players. This generally includes any player who attained some type of All-American honor during his career but I've also included some players who went on to have solid NBA careers along with a few other collegians I considered to warrant inclusion. Please note that some of these games might have occurred early in their careers so the scoring line won't necessarily be impressive. For length sake, I split the lists into SEC and non-SEC and into different eras. There is also a list of all the great players sorted by team for those who are interested in a particular opponent or who want to see all the players listed together. Additionally, a page listing notable players is available. This lists opponents, who may not have been great college players went on to have notable careers or those who have some special off-the-court relationship to the University of Kentucky program.
|Great Opposing Players|
|Southeastern Conference||Recent||Hip-Hop Era||Old-School||Golden Era||Pre-Modern|
|NCAA At-Large||Recent||Hip-Hop Era||Old-School||Golden Era|
Other Sites with Comprehensive Statistical Information:
My ultimate goal is not only to have a complete set of statistics for the UK Men's program available on the web for all UK and college basketball fans to be able to view, but to offer the stats in a portable electronic format so that they may be used as a starting point for people's own uses. Unfortunately, at this point, the statistics are not complete enough to provide this for most of the information. As the statistics becomes more complete, however, I will release this information to the general public. It's all a matter of how much assistance I receive in obtaining the information in determining how soon this material will be available (if ever in the foreseeable future).
With that said, there is one set of statistics which are fairly well confirmed and that is the games played. (Date, Opponent, Won-Lost, Home-Away-Neutral, Score, Notes) Note that these are only games which are considered as REAL, i.e. they go toward the overall record. Exhibition games and other games which may have been voided (ie the game versus Maryland in the 1988 NCAA Tournament) are not included.
UK Games - Version 17.0 - through the 2019-20 season
Feel free to download these files for your own personal use. There is no fee, I only ask that if you have or know of any old statistics or box scores which I don't have, or if you find any mistakes, that you so that the site and the information can continue to improve. Also, I request that you do not redistribute this to anyone but instead redirect all requests and inquiries back to me.
1.0 - Initial Release
1.1 - Corrected game dates in 85-86, 86-87 and 90-91 seasons. Replaced Long Island with Louisiana State in a few SEC Tournament games in the late 30's, early 40's. Added SEC Championship to selected game notes.
1.2 - Changed game attributed to Illinois to Indiana, corrected opponent of infamous no-score game from Lexington YMCA to Kentucky University, changed opponent name of early games of Transylvania to Kentucky University, made two games vs. Northwestern (LA) State have consistent opponent name, corrected a number of minor early game date problems. Checked internal consistency by comparing summation of Won/Lost to Media Guide listing by school.
1.3 - Changed date of UK/Temple game in 1959 from December 20 (as reported in Media Guide) to December 22. Added more location information for a few games which were missing that information.
2.0 - Updated to include 1998-99 season. Made a number of minor modifications in dates and game notes.
2.1 - Corrected some minor date problems including a number of errors in the 1934-35 season.
3.0 - Included 1999-2000 season. Corrected some minor date problems from the 1920's.
4.0 - Included 2000-01 season. Corrected some minor date and score problems from the 1920's and 1930's.
5.0 - Included 2001-02 season. Corrected minor score and date problems from the beginning up to the 1920's.
6.0 - Included 2002-03 season. Corrected minor score and date problems from the beginning few decades.
7.0 - Included 2003-04 season.
8.0 - Included 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
9.0 - Included 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Made some minor date adjustments on a few NCAA Tournament games.
10.0 - Included 2008-09 season. Corrected game against Creighton in 1948 to reflect it was played in Louisville.
11.0 - Included 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
11.1 - Retained the text file, but removed the DBF file in favor of an Excel file. Also updated both the Excel and Filemaker Pro files to include additional information such as season, halftime score, attendance, location, gymnasium, overtime information etc.
11.2 - Added both UK and opponent AP ranking along with name of opposing coach and opponent conference at time of game (if known). Note that both the Excel and FMP files are zipped.
12.0 - Included 2011-12 season. Added fields for high points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks for UK players. Note that because Excel does not accomodate repeating fields, only the first player's name is included in the case more than one player tied for high game honors in any category. To account for this, I've included another field indicating the number of times the high game honor was achieved. In this case one would have to check the individual boxscore to find the identify of the multiple entries.
13.0 - Updated for the 2012-13 season.
14.0 - Updated for the 2013-14 season.
15.0 - Updated for the 2014-15 season.
16.0 - Updated to the 2018-19 season.
17.0 - Updated to the 2019-20 season.
Any statistical project of this magnitude is full of errors, both due to my own inattentiveness when entering data and also the errors in the sources themselves. One of the good features about keeping the data in a database however is that it is possible to perform a number of internal consistency checks to evaluate the quality of the data, to spot mistakes and to search for irregularities. Some of these internal checks are used while others will be implemented in the future. The ones to date have revealed a large number of errors in box scores, references and in the Media Guide itself (which should be the authority on the subject). For now, I have included a page listing a number of box scores which need to be followed-up due, in many cases, to problems with the reference along with a separate page which highlights the most critical ones. Also, there is a page listing a number of errors found in the UK Media Guide. Hopefully, these will be corrected by the Sports Information Department in future editions.
Web Site Revision Log
This is a new addition to assist those who check the site periodically to see what changes or additions have been made. Minor corrections and maintenance issues will not be noted. Revisions are listed from most recent to oldest.
I intend to include along with the statistics the reference from where the data came from, but that will be in the future. Until then, I wish to cite and thank various UK Media Guides, various The Cats Pause yearbooks, the UK Athletics site, Jazzy J, Charlie Board and the University of Kentucky Sports Information Office.
I'd also like to thank the staff at various libraries and reference desks, including the University of Kentucky Library the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., James Madison University Library, the University of Delaware Library, University of Virginia Library, New Castle (DE) Public Library, Wilmington (DE) Public Library, Havertown (PA) Free Library and the Montgomery County (PA) Library system. I would especially like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch, Hugh Rightmyer, Babette McConnell, Tom Johnson and Aaron McHargue for many of the box scores and information along with Sam Kegley, Fred Perry, Al Hoffman, Luckett Davis, Ron Ball, J. David, Barry Thomas, Gabe, Ken Williams, Paul Barnett and Steven Sharp for their valuable contributions in addition to numerous other Kentucky fans who have sent me information and newspaper clippings over the years. I would also like to thank Russell Rice who has been kind enough to look back through his materials to provide specific information along with numerous other sports information directors and staff from universities and colleges all across the nation.
Also, I would like to cite the Official Southeastern Conference Media Guide, the books The Classic by Ken Rappoport (NCAA, 1979) and The Encyclopedia of the NCAA Basketball Tournament by Jim Savage (Dell, 1990) for most of the NCAA tournament boxes up to 1990, The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia edited by Alex Sachare (Villard, 1994), The Modern Encyclopedia of Basketball (Four Winds Press, 1969) edited by Zander Hollander, The Official 2000 Men's Basketball Records Book (NCAA, 1999) along with many newspapers including The Lexington Herald-Leader, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Kentucky Kernel, The Cats Pause, The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and The Chicago Tribune among others. The books The Winning Tradition by Bert Nelli, The Kentucky Basketball Encyclopedia by Tom Wallace, The Rupp Years by Tev Laudeman along with Big Blue Machine, Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron and The Wildcat Legacy all by Russell Rice were great sources for details of player and game information.
A separate page is included which provides more detail about the references used in obtaining box scores.
This site is brought to you commercial-free and does not generate revenues. If you enjoy or otherwise obtain value out of the site, I do ask that you assist in terms of correcting incorrect information, confirming information and providing additional information in order to allow the site to improve for others. If you are interested in sending box scores of old games or other information, check this page for the type of information I'm looking for.
Please also keep in mind the following: For games, please include such information as the halftime score, attendance, officials, technical fouls, team rebounds, date of game etc. if known. Also please include the cumulative stats so that when the individual stats are entered, their summation can be compared to the expected totals. If full names of opponents are available, please include those too. Finally, please send the source of the information or box score, whether it be a newspaper clipping or from a book, game program, media guide etc.
In terms of sending the information, there are a number of options. Typing the information into an email message is fine along with sending an attachment of a spreadsheet or database. For my benefit, please save the data in a basic form (ie not the latest and greatest version of the spreadsheet or database as most likely, I don't have that version.) Also, if it is easier for you, digitally scanning the box score and sending the picture as an attachment, or linking to a cloud service is preferred. Finally, if you have a large number of box scores and would rather send a photocopy to me in the mail, that is fine too, just and we'll work out the details.
I would like to especially thank Steven Sharp, Aaron Simpson and Butch West who over the years have helped correct literally hundreds (if not thousands) of mistakes found on the website, along with providing new information as well. Countless others have assisted on this site in addition.
Career and team statistics are often determined from a summation of individual year or game stats instead of or in addition to hard cumulative totals. To better understand where a certain statistic is derived, the statistics should follow the following convention:
This area is under heavy construction. Check back often to see how it is progressing. I'll try to update it regularly as new features are added and corrections are made (currently around every three months). If you can assist me with team and individual stats, including player information, box scores and other statistics, please
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