Watching the news last night, I saw that Richie Farmer received a plea deal in his corruption case that could see the former UK star still headed to prison for up to 2 years. And while the opinion of Farmer personally amongst UK fans has decreased significantly over the last couple years, I am not sure that the opinion of his team in 1992 really has. The Unforgettables are without question the most loved non-title team in UK history. But I began to wonder if they are the moved loved overall. They hold a special place in UK lore, but frankly, at Kentucky it’s all about winning titles. So, below I put my 3 contenders:
-The most recent champion not only dominated competition but did so with an incredibly likeable group of players. Anthony Davis and MKG are legends in UK lore. Jones and Lamb respected for their returning for a title. Darius Miller never will be forgotten. Teague and Wiltjer also nice contributors as well. Plus, this team beat Louisville TWICE in 1 season.
-What most consider the best team in UK history. Certainly the deepest collection of talent ever assembled at Kentucky. Tony Delk was the face of the team, but pros like McCarty, Walker, and Mercer make for probably the most fun team in UK history. But the most loved?
1947-48 and 1948-49
-Probably the most successful group of UK players in history, this squad not only won consecutive national titles but also a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics. While fans of this era probably have no memory of these guys playing, they hold a special place in the history of UK basketball as the Fabulous Five.