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Kentucky has Three of the Top College Basketball Performances in the Last Decade


In the last decade, Kentucky fans have witnessed unforgettable basketball.

The Wildcats have won six SEC Tournaments, appeared in six Elite Eights, four Final Fours and won a National Championship.  To reach that level of success, individuals must be at their best.  It’s easy to compare trophies to other programs, but the same cannot be said when comparing individual talent.  That’s where Complex enters the picture.

The outlet curated a list of the top fourteen college basketball performances, NCAA Tournament and regular season, from the last decade.  To be more objective, the rankings were based in five criteria: stats, efficiency, opponent, stage and memorability.  Kentucky was the only school to be featured more than once, and two happened just last year.  After you see the complete list, you can’t argue with the results.

9. Monk vs. North Carolina

The UK shooting guard could not be touched when the Cats met the Tar Heels in Las Vegas for the CBS Sports Classic.  Once Monk got into the zone, he could not be stopped.  He hit 8-of-12 threes, including the game-winner, to finish with 47 points.

5. Jodie Meeks goes for 54

When the University of Jodie Meeks left Thompson-Boling Arena in 2009, he had 54 points, the most points scored in a major conference in the last decade.  People forget Tennessee was a Top 25 team at the time, which makes his performance even more impressive.

2. De’Aaron Eliminates Lonzo

The best performance by a male athlete in the rankings, Fox earned this spot by dominating Lonzo Ball in the Sweet 16.  The Kentucky point guard scored 39 points on just 20 shot attempts, all while holding Ball to 4-of-10 from the floor.

Check out the rest of the rankings and more highlights at Complex.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 responses to “Kentucky has Three of the Top College Basketball Performances in the Last Decade”

  1. Kevin C

    I really think Nerlens Noel’s 12 block game against Ole Miss should be on this list, simply because of how dominant he was on defense….literally won the game for us…even while playing with 4 fouls in the last 10 minutes.

  2. MegatonRange

    Uh, if you look at the description of Monk’s 47 point game, it says UK lost 75-73…..real solid research there. God, what passes for journalism today.

    1. drew_123

      Anyone with a hot take. Research is a lost art nowadays.

  3. RexRox

    Of the three, my personal favorite was Fox dominating Ball to the point of Ball suddenly developing a limp late in the game. Formulating an alibi?

    1. runningunnin.454

      I’ll vote for this one, as well; because of all the hoopla, rivalry, and it was in the tournament. It also shut Lavar up for a while.
      Fox was absolutely on fire.

  4. cats646

    Monk was the definition of unstoppable in that North Carolina game.

  5. bgkycat

    Watching highlights of Monk & Fox just reminds me that we were robbed of another National Championship.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Well, thanks for reminding ME.

  6. JD

    Wow look how long players shorts were 10 years ago.