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Several Kentucky teams appeared in a list of the most dominant teams of the past 50 years

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and John Calipari, two people who have known William Wesley a long time.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and John Calipari, two people who have known William Wesley a long time.

The last 50 years have provided several great Kentucky teams.

Over at The Athletic (subscription required), a panel consisting of Seth Davis, Eamonn Brennan, and Brian Hamilton named the 25 most dominant college basketball teams of the last 50 years.

Kentucky had four teams, all of which ended up in the top 15. Here’s a look at how the Kentucky teams placed in the rankings.

  • #15 The 1977-1978 team
  • #12 The 2011-2012 team
  • #11 The 2014-2015 team
  • #6 The 1995-1996 team

That ranking for the 1996 team seems a little low at first glance. They were ranked behind the 1973-1974 NC State team, 1990-1991 UNLV, 1991-1992 Duke, 1975-1976 Indiana, and 1971-1972 UCLA.

That’s a difficult top five to crack, but it’s hard to put five teams ahead of the talent on that team and the way they dominated both offensively and defensively.

This list also shows Kentucky’s dominance across multiple decades. They have four of the 15 most dominant teams that also spans across three different decades.

You can check out the full list at The Athletic here. (Subscription Required)

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