Basketball appeared in the Republic of Tatarstan in the late 1920s. In 1923 Kazan hosted the Second District All-Russian Olympiad of the Volga Military District, where the men's team of the republic's capital took first place. It was the first major victory of Tatarstan basketball players at the All-Russian level.

Well-known historical events in the 40s suspended the development of basketball in Tatarstan. However, already in the first post-war year in Kazan there were about 58 teams, which united about 500 players. Basketball has developed in many sports communities and universities.

In the 60s, the best men's team in Tatarstan was the team of KSU, which successfully performed both in the championship of the RSFSR and in student competitions. However, it was far from UNICS that we know.

BC UNICS (abbreviation means UNIVERSITY - Culture - Sport) was established in 1991. The first leader was the honored worker of physical culture of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan Alexander Shcherbakov. 

In 1997, UNICS won the right to play in the Russian Championship Superleague. In 1998 and 1999, the team took 5th place in the Russian championship.

In December 1998, Evgeny Bogachev, Chairman of the National Bank of Tatarstan, became the president of the club on a voluntary basis, and he built the current structure of the club.

Today, BC UNICS is not only a successful basketball team that is in the TOP-5 of the best teams in Russia, but also participated in the Saporta Cup three times, twice in the Korac Cup, FIBA Champions Cup, twice in the FIBA-Europe League, three times in ULEB Cup, twelve times in the European Cup, four times in Euroleague.