If the recent string of anonymous CBS polls attempting to paint a dirty picture of Kentucky weren’t enough to draw the ire of UK fans and their belief that there is a national bias against Kentucky basketball, the latest series at ESPN titled “50 in 50″, a ranking of the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years. What’s ironic about this study is their ranking of the most successful basketball programs of all time while completely omitting the 40s and 50s when Adolph Rupp led UK to 4 National Championships.
Still, the Cats have done enough over the last 50 years, including 4 national titles form 4 different head coaches while having been a top-six team in every decade of their scoring system. Since John Calipari arrived, Kentucky is top-ranked program with 103 points in the past three seasons in which they’ve been to two Final Fours and won the 2012 national championship.
I just think its silly how ESPN managed to make their cut off of the 40s and 50s, which were one of the program’s most successful periods, and act as though it doesn’t matter at all, while school’s like North Carolina get credit for their Helm’s Titles as if they were National Championships. I think this ranking is a disservice to the University of Kentucky, but we’re used to that by now.