http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Statistics/roster1977-78.html These 1977-78 Wildcats remain the best UK team that I've seen. I was born in August 1951 so that covers nearly the past 60 years.
Yes, I know. Most observers (and UK fans) consider 1995-96 as the best UK team of that timeframe. But I prefer 77-78.
The 78 Cats had 3 players chosen All-American and 5 players named All-SEC. 10 players on the roster (of 14 total) were drafted by the NBA. 5 of them were Parade HS All-Americans.
All 5 starters averaged 10+ ppg (double figures) and shot 50+ % FG plus 70+ % FT. The team averaged 84 ppg and shot 54% FG plus 76% FT. Impressive numbers.
Those Cats defeated all 7 ranked teams on their schedule plus the best amateur team in the world (Soviet Union) in an exhibition game. The Soviet coach later said that UK was the best team he had ever seen. Not just that year. Not just college teams. The best team he EVER saw.
They defeated the other 3 Final 4 teams. They defeated 5 straight Top 20 teams (and 3 straight Top 10 teams) in NCAA tourney play.
This was the team that Joe Hall and his staff built from several impressive recruiting classes in the 1974-75-76-77 timeframe. Even those years, there were some misses. Kenny Higgs went to LSU in 74. Bill Willoughby went to NBA in 75. Ricky Brown went to Miss St in 76. Jeff Ruland picked Iona in 77. Each was HS A-A and expected to land at UK.
Simply the best (and most powerful) UK team that I've ever seen play.