Four former players of the University of Kentucky Wildcats were honored by the NCAA as they announced the 75th anniversary team, consisting of the 75 best players to play in the NCAA Tournament.
From a pool of more than 100 former players, NCAA staff analyzed statistical data compiled exclusively from performances in NCAA tournament games [e.g., points, rebounds, field goals, free throws, 3-pointers (since 1987), assists, steals, blocks] to determine the 75 player finalists.
To celebrate 75 Years of March Madness, the NCAA has announced the top 75 All-Time March Madness Players, 25 All-Time March Madness Teams and 35 All-Time Madness Moments. In January, fans will be allowed to vote to narrow the list down.
The former Cats that made the list of the top 75 players include Dan Issel (1968-70), Jack Givens (1975, 1977-78), Tony Delk (1993-96), and Anthony Davis (2012). Mike DeCourcy went a step further and ranked all 75 players.
The best March Madness moments included several games that UK played in but the Cats were on the losing side in all of them (1966 Championship game, 1975 Championship game1992 Regional Final, 2005 Regional Final
Two UK squads made the top 25 March Madness teams: the 1995-96 Untouchables and the 2011-12 Won and Dones. Nine players from the Untouchables would play in the NBA. The Won and Dones, thanks to Anthony Davis, set a NCAA record for single season blocks with 344.
In a statement provided to Wildcat Blue Nation, Dan Issel said: “I’m honored that the NCAA named me to their all time tournament team. I just wish we could have added another championship to the UK resume.”
“I think we were one of the best teams,” Milwaukee Bucks guard Doron Lamb said of last season’s squad in a phone interview. “I figure we’ve got to be top 3 or one of the best teams ever in college basketball. We were all young. We only lost two games and won the national championship. We went undefeated in conference play. We worked hard and deserve to be a great team of all-time.”