Kentucky 74, Transylvania 28
Most picks from one school since draft went to two rounds in 1989
Wildcats have posted 102-14 record in last three years
Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 | 6:09 p.m. ET [CBS] | Mercedes Benz Superdome (74,400)
Sat., Jan. 21, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. ET [CBS] | Rupp Arena (23,000)
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
The UK men's basketball team beats Vanderbilt, 74-70, at Lexington's Rupp Arena on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
The UK men's basketball team defeats South Carolina, 77-55, at Lexington's Rupp Arena.
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The UK basketball team defeated Tennessee at Rupp Arena on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.
Cats Roll Hoosiers 102-90, Advance to Elite 8; Kidd-Gilchrist leads with 24 points, 10 rebounds
Kenny Payne begins his third year with John Calipari and Kentucky men's basketball as an assistant coach after spending six seasons as an assistant at Oregon.
Payne's work with forward Anthony Davis was one of the biggest reasons behind Kentucky's second overall No. 1 pick in three years.
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 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes, the school's third and fourth consecutive top-ranked classes. All four of UK's freshmen are ranked in the top 50 of most major recruiting services.
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.