Kentucky is men's college basketball's winningest program in terms of games won. They have seven NCAA Titles, and 44 SEC Titles. They have also won the SEC Tournament 27 times.
Several Wildcats have gone on to NBA greatness. Dan Issel, Pat Riley, Jamal Mashburn, Tayshaun Prince, Antoine Walker,and Rajon Rondo have all made their impact on the pro game.
Why only No. 4 then?
Some knocks against the Kats are:
1. They have played most of their history in a conference where they were the only school trying to win at basketball. Up until the late 1980s, the rest of the SEC cared only about football. Since the NCAA Tournament started getting televised by CBS, including all the rounds, other schools have gotten into the act. UK has had a tougher time.
2. UK has been to the Elite Eight 32 times. They are 13-19.
3. UK has not been to a Final Four since 1998.
4. Four of UK's seven titles were in the '40s and '50s. The game has changed a bit since then
If you are a UK fan who is too young to remember 1978, you have only seen your Kats win the NCAA Tournament twice. You've also seen Florida win it twice. That's pretty much everyone under 40.
Here is the resume.
13 Final Fours
10 Championship game appearances
7 national titles
Certainly nothing to sneeze at.