Were the 14'/15' Kentucky Wildcats The Best Team To Never Win It All?
The names on the 2014-15 Kentucky squad speak for themselves. Karl-Anthony Towns. Willie Cauley-Stein. Devin Booker. Andrew Harrison. Aaron Harrison. Trey Lyles. Tyler Ulis. Dakari Johnson. Marcus Lee. Alex Poythress. None of those guys averaged more than 26 minutes per game. Yet the Wildcats still went 38-1 and finished with the No. 6 offense and the No. 1 defense. They were a real life version of the monstars.
So, yeah, they were pretty loaded. Perhaps it was even unprecedented how loaded they were. They had 4 guys on the roster that were lottery picks which tied the all time record for most players taken from one school in the lottery: Towns, Cauley-Stein, Lyles and Booker. Ulis was the seventh man on that Kentucky squad. When he took the reins the next year as the starting point guard, he was the SEC Player of the Year. Towns and Booker are perennial NBA All-Stars. They had 9 – NINE guys get NBA run on that team. It was a magical season in Lexington.
The fighting Calipari's had a 20 plus scoring margin and beat ranked teams by an average of over 14 points a game. They didn’t just beat teams, they undressed them and made everyone point and laugh while doing it. They carried an arrogant swagger that was completely justified, putting teams in a mental blender, making them feel like the betas they were and having them believe the game was already over before the first tip.
Somehow the ending to this story is one that nobody saw coming, anyone telling you otherwise is a Frankie Muniz-sized liar. They ran into a buzzsaw that came in the form of Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin in the final four. UK lost after shooting close to 50 percent for the night and 60 % from three which is bonkers. But it doesn’t take away from just how great this Kentucky team was, they had a real shot at the first undefeated season since Indiana in 1975-1976 and basketball immortality. Instead… they're the greatest team to never get it done.