The Associated Press Top 25 panel has voted the 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats as the best college basketball team of the decade. The 26-member panel released its results on Wednesday with Kentucky beating out the 2017-18 Villanova Wildcats for the No. 1 spot.
It’s hard to argue after the Anthony Davis-led Wildcats were dominant from start to finish, going 38-2 and winning the SEC regular-season title. They then won four straight NCAA Tournament games by double digits to advance to the Final Four, where they would defeat the Louisville Cardinals and Kansas Jayhawks for the national title. Kentucky ended up with four wins vs. teams that were in the Final Four after previously beating Kansas and Louisville earlier in the season
The 2012 team snapped a 14-year title drought with the program’s eighth national title. It was John Calipari’s first title and part of four Final Four appearances in five seasons, one of just three schools to ever accomplish that feat.
Davis was the star of the show, as he won most of the major national player of the year awards while setting the school record for blocked shots with 186, in addition to averaging 14.2 points and 10.4 boards per game.
But Davis had a loaded team around him, including forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who made history with Davis by becoming the first college teammates to go 1-2 in the draft.
It was shooting guard Doron Lamb who won the national title game MVP after scoring 22 points in a 67-59 win over Kansas.
Kentucky’s 38 wins in 2011-12 is still tied for the most in NCAA Division I history, as are the six NBA Draft picks. Both marks were later tied by the 2014-15 UK team.