By any measure, the Kentucky basketball program is, and has been for decades, blessed. About that there can be no debate. The program was fortunate enough to land Adolph Rupp as its basketball coach in 1930, opening the flood gates of excellence, allowing basketball greatness to wash over the Commonwealth in the form of great players, terrific teams, and transcendent champions. The program was able to keep Rupp at Kentucky until 1972, when he was replaced on the sidelines by assistant coach Joe B. Hall, a true, blue-blooded Kentucky Wildcat if there ever was one.