UK has advanced to the Final Four in three of last four seasons
Monday, April 7 | 9:10 p.m. ET| AT&T Stadium (77,122) | Arlington, Texas
Saturday, March 8 | 12:00 p.m. ET | O'Connell Center (12,000) | Gainesville, Fla
Wednesday, Feb. 12 | 8:00 p.m. ET | Auburn Arena (9,121) | Auburn, Ala.
Saturday, Feb. 1 | 1:00 p.m. ET | Mizzou Arena (15,061) | Columbia, Mo.
The Kentucky Wildcats visited President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday.
Sports Video compiled footage from Kentucky's six-game trek to the national title in this video.
Head coach John Calipari talks to the team before and after the championship win vs. Kansas.
A recap of the Kentucky win over Louisville in the national semifinal, featuring pre- and postgame talks from head coach John Calipari.
Men's basketball holds an open practice and press conference as they prepare for the national semifinal
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Kentucky took part in press conferences and an open practice at Scottrade Center on Thursday, March 20, 2014
Kentucky fell to Arkansas 71-67 in overtime on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in Lexington's Rupp Arena.
The men's basketball team fell to Florida 69-59 on Saturday, February 15, 2014, in Lexington's Rupp Arena.
The University of Kentucky basketball team fell to LSU 87-82 on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Kenny Payne begins his fourth year with John Calipari and the Kentucky men's basketball program. He was promoted to associate head coach in May of 2014 after serving his first three seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to his arrival at UK he served as an assistant at Oregon for six seasons.
Payne's work with Kentucky's big-men has resulted in several players being selected in the NBA Draft including Anthony Davis. Payne's development with Davis resulted in the Chicago native becoming Kentucky's second overall No. 1 pick in three years.
Payne was also a key in the development of Nerlens Noel who was drafted sixth overall in 2013, and Josh Harrellson who became a second-round draft pick following a breakout senior campaign in 2011.
Nationally recognized as one of the game's top recruiters, Payne's ability to recruit has continued to flourish at Kentucky. He played a key part in John Calipari's last four recruiting classes. The 2011, 2012 and 2013 classes all ranked No. 1 in the country. UK's 2014 class has four McDonald's All-Americans and is rated No. 2 overall. The 2013 class consisted of a record six McDonald's All-Americans and was heralded as one of the best classes ever assembled by many pundits.
Payne's first season as part of the Kentucky staff came during the 2010-11 season as the Wildcats advanced to the Final Four, the first in the Calipari tenure. Kentucky then captured the National Championship during Payne's second season and Davis was the recipient of numerous National Player of the Year accolades. Payne was instrumental in helping lead UK back to the national title game in 2014 behind the play of All-American forward Julius Randle who broke freshman records in rebounding, double-doubles and made free throws.
During his tenure at Oregon, Payne helped the Ducks burst onto the national scene with two NCAA Tournament Appearances in 2007 and 2008. Oregon also claimed one Pacific-10 Tournament title and three Ducks were selected in the first and second rounds of the NBA Draft under Payne.
During the 2006-07 season, the Ducks recorded an 11-7 Pac-10 record and posted an undefeated mark in non-conference regular-season games, finishing with a 29-8 overall record. That season, Oregon captured the Pac-10 Tournament, and followed the tournament run with an impressive performance at the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks earned a No. 3 seed in the tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight, where they lost to eventual champions Florida.
The Ducks followed their Elite Eight run with another appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Payne and the Oregon coaching staff then reigned in a top-20 recruiting class for the 2008 season with six highly-touted recruits.
Prior to coaching, Payne travelled the globe playing basketball for 10 different professional leagues. In 1989, Payne was chosen in the first round and 19th overall in the NBA Draft, playing four years for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Payne competed in the Continental Basketball Association (Tri-Cities, Wash.) and overseas in Italy, Japan, Brazil, the Philippines, Cypress, China and Argentina. He finished his professional career in 2000 following a season with Team Taipans of Cairns in Australia.
A four-year letterwinner at Louisville from 1985-89, Payne joined the Cardinals from Northeast Jones High School in Laurel, Miss., where he was a Parade All-American and the state's player of the year.
Payne helped lead Louisville to the 1986 NCAA national championship as a sophomore when he appeared in 34 games and averaged 3.6 points per game. As a senior, Payne averaged 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds and was named Second-Team All-Metro Conference.
By the end of his Louisville career, Payne registered 1,083 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.
Payne earned a bachelor's of science is sport administration from Louisville in 2003.
He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Alexis and Alexander.