The Wildcats have been in the national championship game for just seven seasons and they’ve won six of those.
Kentucky’s streak of consecutive appearances at the national semifinal began in 1998 and was snapped last year when they lost to Louisville.
It’s the longest active streak in the country.
The Wildcats and their fans have been a huge draw for Kentucky, with attendance topping 12,000 per game.
Kentucky averaged an attendance of nearly 8,000 in 2017.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said this season will be his last.
“We’ll have a lot of people watching this season, we’ll have many people going to games, and I’m sure we’ll go back to being a part of the conversation of what is going to be the longest streak in college basketball,” Caliparisaid.
The last time Kentucky won the national semifinals was 1999, when the Wildcats beat Michigan and Ohio State in the Sweet 16.
This season, the Wildcats have two games remaining in the regular season.
The other is a neutral site matchup with Kansas on Dec. 23.
Kentucky has won two in a row against Kansas and the Wildcats are 10-1 against the Jayhawks.
Caliparianisaid the Wildcats will be more competitive in this season’s tournament.
“If we want to make the Final Four, we have to beat a team that has lost six straight games,” CalIPARISaid.
“That is the only way we can get there.”
Kentucky lost to Kansas in the Final 4 of the 1997 NCAA tournament.
Kentucky won its only game in the NCAA tournament in 1997 and won the NCAA title in 2000.