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Tournament Superlatives

Tyler Thompson mentioned yesterday that the Sporting News ranked the “best” Kentucky tournament players: Dan Issel, Jack Givens, Tony Delk, and Anthony Davis.  But did you know that the NCAA also compiled the 25 best teams, and 35 best moments (whatever that means) in tournament history?

Top 25 Best Teams:

Two different Wildcat teams made the list of top 25 best tourney teams since 1939, and they happen to be two that many of us can remember watching.  Both the 1996 and 2012 Kentucky squads are considered some of the best teams to play the game, which comes as absolutely zero surprise to anyone who’s ever watched either of those teams.  It’s no surprise, either, since both of them feature guys from the “Best Player” list, in Tony Delk and Anthony Davis.

CBSSports.com had a little blurb about each those teams:

’96: Also known as “The Untouchables,” nine players from the 95-96 team eventually played in the NBA.

’12: 16-0 in SEC play; 19-0 at home; third consecutive NCAA tournament; 344 blocks is the most in NCAA single season history.

Top 35 Best Moments:

Unfortunately, Kentucky made this list twice, but on the wrong end.  I guess it’s not really a great “moment” when the tradition rich program wins a title, so most of these stories went to Cinderella stories or huge shots.

So, naturally, Texas Western and Duke made the list for having both a Cinderella story and a huge shot against Kentucky, respectively.  Personally, I would have put the ’98 Comeback Cats on the list, both for vindicating UK against Duke, and also providing some of the most thrilling games college ball fans have seen.

It’s somewhat flattering that we didn’t make the 35 Best Moments list.  After all, jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.  I think J. Edgar Hoover said that.

Article written by Corey Nichols

21 Comments for Tournament Superlatives



  1. Dickie Z
    9:06 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    This is awful. Corey Nichols SUCKS!



  2. Filander
    9:07 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    How about a link to the, you know, Top 25 list. wtf



  3. josh
    9:07 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    so what did they rank ?????



  4. Steely Dan
    9:11 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Dipsh*t, they’re “ranked” in ascending order



  5. Nick Papageorgio
    9:14 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    2- there is in fact a link

    Seriously? No comeback cats!?



  6. Chris
    9:16 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    UK not making the 35 Best Moments list means that The Sporting News is jealous? Easily the dumbest thing I have ever heard.



  7. Wow
    9:23 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    This is a new level of lazy for you, Corey. Reposting something that was just posted an even admitting it. This is pathetic.



  8. UKBlue1!
    9:27 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I get so sick of the Texas Western game. The thing that is truely lost in all of this is the fact UK’s tallest player was 6ft 5in. Just like the Duke game what is slowly being lost is the fact that UK had 6-7 players playing significant minutes that wouldn’t have been on Duke’s team. 1948-49 teams should have been listed. Why? they also won the gold medal for the United States in basketball.



  9. blah blah blah
    9:29 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    “they happen to be two that many of us can remember watching” — are you sure we can remember watching the 2012 team? How many meaningless words can you cram in a post?



  10. lou eaton
    9:33 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    jelousy is the word. Even my friends in Va. admit that it is a Yankees, Cowboys, etc thing that some folks hate perenial winners just to hate them!



  11. lou eaton
    9:36 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Ps #8 captures it all.1948-49 team accomplished something no team has ever done before or since and they are not included!!!!!!!1???????????????????????????



  12. Bradley
    9:56 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    35 Best Moments? 1st round losses by Duke to Lehigh and Louisville to Morehead State would certainly make my list!



  13. good movie
    9:56 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    8… I bet you never seen the movie “Glory Road”



  14. Bradley
    9:58 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Was it actually the “NCAA” Tournament yet in 1948? Not sure. Just asking. Because if so, that team should certainly be on there.



  15. dswan
    10:06 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like they just listed the teams, moments, and players from oldest to most recent. As opposed to ranking them from best to worst.



  16. The untruth
    10:29 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Marcus lee had 21 points 19 rebounds 11 blocks and 6 assists last night. Anthony Davis esque numbers in high school. Damn



  17. greg
    10:58 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    actually mentioned 3 times on memorable list…1975 title game loss to UCLA, sending Wooden to his 10th and final title



  18. really
    11:28 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    THEY ARE ON THE LIST FOUR TIMES COREY. IF YOU ARE GOING TO STEAL SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK MAKE SURE YOU GET IT RIGHT.
    TEXAS WESTERN
    UCLA GAME
    DUKE GAME
    MICHIGAN STATE

    I HOPE YOU ARE BETTER AT LAW THAN YOU ARE AT SPORTS.



  19. cornbreadmafiacook
    12:06 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    1978 should’ve made the list, also



  20. UKBlue1!
    12:26 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    #14. Yes but only 8 teams were invited.



  21. lil_donnie_t
    3:04 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    It is true as #18 said, we are on here 4 times in the Top 35 moments category. All losses for the Cayuts. The lists were kinda blah to me when I read the actual links to them a few days ago.