When Was the Last Time Kentucky Won the College Basketball National Championship?

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Kentucky coach John Calipari shouts at an official during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference men's tournament Friday, March 11, 2022.
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Feb 08, 2023, 2:23 PM

Kentucky earned its most recent college basketball national championship in 2012, defeating Kansas 67-59.

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2012 Kentucky College Basketball National Championship

Head Coach John Calipari’s Wildcats entered the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. It was their second-straight Final Four appearance after losing to Connecticut by a single point to end the 2011 season.

Eight-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis, a freshman at the time, took home Most Outstanding Player honors despite scoring just six points. He racked up 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists, and three steals; his efforts proved that he was not just an offensive threat but a complete player who could contribute to a team in multiple capacities.

After winning the national championship, he was picked first overall by the Pelicans in the 2012 NBA draft.

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