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KSTV Talks With Derek Anderson and Debates 1996 vs. 2012

Former Wildcat great Derek Anderson joined KSTV yesterday to discuss the Cats’ eighth national championship and enaged in a little 1996 vs. 2012 debate with Matt. Check it out.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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33 Comments for KSTV Talks With Derek Anderson and Debates 1996 vs. 2012



  1. Sylvar
    12:11 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    1996 no doubt.



  2. MonsterMash24
    12:26 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    It is the 96 Cats…by at least 15 points…96 team put the hammer down on people…12 team didnt.



  3. Jimmy
    12:35 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Great stuff there, my opinion is 12 team played better d, but the 96 team played full court press, and had the detp of the bench, as much as i love the 12 team 96 would win.



  4. gossie21
    12:37 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    It’s hard to see anyone beating the 1996 team. Too much talent, and too much experience. Then you add in a motivated/obsessed pre-Porcinis Pitino, it would be over quickly.

    The best chance for 2012 to win would be for Lamb and Miller to stay hot for the entire game. The 1996 team only lost two games, to teams with a dominant big man, that also shot lights out.



  5. NBA league pass
    12:40 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t watch the DA video at work, but I say 96 wins: 84-75



  6. breeze39
    12:42 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    How could anyone not like D.A.? Great fella



  7. CRD
    12:43 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Great debate. DA did a solid job defending his points. Can’t disagree with any of them. 96 team wins, no doubt. Interesting point about Delk playing the point vs UMASS. So, the only two losses that year were that one and the MSU game which I believe Pitino ‘threw.’



  8. blueblue
    12:53 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    It would be an outstanding game really. One impossible to predict. At first I thought ’96 would win without a doubt, but look at it like this. I think our ’12 compares favorably to ’96 UMASS and remember, they beat ’96 UK once. So if pressured, I’d say ’96 UK wins in a seven game series, but it would go atleast 5-7 games.



  9. BlueFins
    12:57 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I loved this year’s team; however, I would have to go with 96 team. We really don’t know what this year’s team had, unless you count Morehouse. Most of the games the reigns were being pulled back. In 96, they had 50% of the teams they played scared to death. And had the games won before they even played the game. The one’s that were stupid enough to try to play with them were smacked down. You do remember the 96 team scoring 86 points in the first half against LSU don’t you? They were beast!



  10. Justin
    1:01 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    How can anyone say it is not a debate? Didnt the coach of 12 team beat the 96 cats?

    Sorry but the 96 team kept the pressure on and ran the score up in every game. 12 team would get a lead and just sit on it. They both lost 2 games all season.

    Also, depth does not always mean better.

    If you took the top 6 UK players from both teams and ranked them, you will see multiple 12 cats ahead of the 96 cats.



  11. Tony
    1:20 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I am going to say that it would end in a tie!!



  12. 44 Stitches
    1:22 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    96 in a LANDSLIDE!!!!



  13. Some Guy
    1:25 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I have to agree with the idea, would love to see the ’12 team go all out in at least one game. I think we saw a glimpse in the NC game. If they went all out would be a good game. But that ’96 team shot the ball too well to be beat and had more Senior Leadership. Now total talent no question the ’12 team.



  14. Newtintheville
    1:36 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    ’96 wins 7 game series 4 games to 2 in my opinion. Let the ’12 team all return and become an unbeaten champion in ’13, with another year of development and experience, they win the series 4 games to 3.

    Just my opinion.



  15. CB#00
    1:48 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    If they play today 2012 team no doubt!



  16. Horse Trader
    1:49 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    D.A.: “They learn together; they grow together; they stay together, and they can win another championship.” Great quote and fantastic interview.



  17. kyrobman
    1:54 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Its just to bad we can’t see this match up in real life. One of you brianiacs out there need to get a time machine invented so we can make it happen. But I would take the 96 team over 12 team. I love em both though.



  18. WSFLWildcat
    2:01 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Derek for the reminder about how awesome the ’96 team was. No doubt this 2012 team is the most talented team we have seen in recent history but the way the ’96 team went about winning games was better than any before or after. Go CATS!!



  19. SeoulCat
    2:19 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    ’96 wins, comfortably. Cal always said this year’s team frequently lost its large leads because he “took the foot off the gas”…I say that they just ran out of gas (that’ll happen when you only play 6 1/2 men). 1996 leads 2012 by four at the half and coasts to a 15 pt win in this dream match up.



  20. WildcatFanNVaBeach
    2:42 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    96 wins because of bench contribution.



  21. Hoss_Cat
    2:52 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    96 without question



  22. jaaaaayyyyyy
    2:55 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    10 (Justin) depth doesn’t always mean better, in every case, but in this case, depth does mean better. You would have to add another couple of players like a Terrence Ross and Jarnell Stokes (and assume that chemistry problems wouldn’t occur), to get the depth of talent that 96 team had.

    Aside from possible chemistry issues (and who’s to say that the kids wouldn’t have gotten along great) it would be silly to argue that having Jarnell come off the bench first instead of Eloy, and Terrence Ross subbing with Lamb/Miller would not be an improvement.

    The thing is, 1996 didn’t have those chemistry issues, and they had the extra players.

    If you played only the top 7 players, then it would be quite a ballgame, but the additional GOOD depth would be too much for this team to overcome.



  23. bluecat
    3:18 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    The 2012 team has the better top 6 overall, or at least just as good. Miller, Lamb, TJ, AD, Teague, and MKG could more than hold their own against DA, Delk, Epps, Walker, McCarty, and Mercer. I also think Wiltjer could hold his own against Pope. Its the 8 thru 9 or 10 guys that the ’96 team had the advantage. The main concern I have with the ’12 team is fatique and foul trouble. If the ’12 team’s top 6 could stay on the floor and get some production from Wiltjer then I think they could win. But that is some big IF’s!! The ’96 team was dominate and they ran people into the ground. But they were beatable and I think they ’12 team is better than the ’96 UMass team (who also gave us a good run in the Final Four) and the ’96 MSU teams that beat us, so its possible.



  24. Ed combs
    3:59 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Not only did the 96 team have the depth, experience, and mental toughness, they also recieved the blessing of his holiness Pope John Paul, during their Italian summer tour.. So basically God gave them powers to win. And if you believe 12 could beat 96 well then your against Gods blessing and you deserve the hell your going to burn in



  25. NotSatire
    4:28 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    DA is exactly right. Why is this man not coaching somewhere? Give me some of that Victory water!



  26. Slim
    5:35 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Go watch a 96 tape. You will be amazed. I had forgot just how good they rely were.
    I love 2012 but they were not better as steam than 96. Davis was the best player and a kid and jones more athletic but they could not ball like 96.



  27. HB
    9:55 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Great interview! I went into this thinking it was close to a wash but DA persuaded me that 1996 was better due to the use of the depth. Great feature!



  28. Epps fan
    10:32 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    alot of people forger about Epps, who ran the show masterfully for two years but never recieved much hype, i think at one time he had a record for most assist in the ncaa tournament if im not mistaken, i say 96 team by at least 10



  29. Perfect Patterson
    10:45 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Boggus!
    I have no doubt the 2012 team takes it.
    1) A much inferior Calipari team beat that 2012 game (you can’t say it was bc Delk was at PG, that goes against the logic of the “depth” argument)
    2) In an NCAA tourney game the fatigue doesn’t come into play because of the extended time outs
    3) The 2012 team did not get in foul trouble, so depth is not a huge concern, specially at the center position (which is where we were thing this year) bc Davis did not foul
    4) We all saw what happened to any team that tried to press us this season: they got clobbered! The 2012 team was “lob U”. You simply can not press the 2012 team and except to win. We saw the only way to try to beat them was to slow the game down, in which case fatigue and depth do not matter anymore.
    2012 wins by 6 points (because Cal pulls the reins in the second half to “get out of the gym alive”)



  30. BuckWild
    10:45 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going with DA on this one 96 team with the depth. Fo Sho. At the end of the day the real winners is the BBN. Getting the chance to live through both seasons. God is good.



  31. 2012
    7:20 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    The 2012 team could MORE than hold there own against the 96 team. There is NO WAY the 96 team, nor any team for that matter, blow out the 2012 team playing like they did in the tournament. Depth is overrated. The 96 team had NBA talent but the 2012 team has elite NBA talent.



  32. MonsterMash24
    1:00 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    I cant believe some people say the 12 team would win…Anthony Davis may hold the only advantage at each position than any other. 1) Teague vs Epps is a push because people forget that Epps is the same size as Teague & he may push Marquis around a little bc of his bulk. Push…2.)Delk over Lamb no doubt…both good three point shooters with i think Delk 2nd best all time there as a shooter in UK history…great FT% also but Delk a better defender with both good ball handling skills…Advantage: Delk. 3)Walter McCarty vs. MKG…Advantage slightly McCarty plus Walter would have 3″ on him too 4.) Antoine Walker vs Terrence Jones…no doubt advantage Walker. &5)Pope vs. Davis…Advantage Davis… then factor in Derek Anderson, Ron Mercer, Wayne Turner, Nazr Mohammed, Jeff Sheppard.. People need to remember not only was 96s press great but their half court was too…They wanted to kill you. And did…it would be a good game but if Vandy was able to beat them in the Final of SECs when Cats ran outta gas, then what would 96 UK do to them? Pitino then was more high strung back then so he wanted to rip your heart as much as anything and wouldnt stop til you submitted.Long t.v timeouts have nothing to do with it when you have no bench &youre out of gas..96 in a route!!!



  33. MonsterMash24
    1:06 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    By the way people say this 12 team has elite talent…hmm…the NBA is watered down and they are taking players based on potential…not skilled…of course it looks deceiving. People need to come to the realization that the league is garbage and just bc the NBA wants to take Davis & MKG as elite, doesnt mean they will be. These same players being drafted highly in this draft wouldnt have same success in the draft in 96…Except maybe Davis and MKG… So please can we stop making it look like that this team has elite players to draft from when we dont know that for sure.