Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: The Unforgettables Were the Ultimate Underdogs


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The Kentucky Wildcats basketball team have had the most storied history in college basketball history. Leading in the all-time wins category and having the second most national championships with eight, there aren’t too many teams that can even be considered in the same category. However, things aren’t always cheery in Lexington. There have been times in the Kentucky Wildcats storied history that have been rough. One of those was the probation the program was put on, which lead to the hiring of Rick Pitino and the subsequent team of ultimate underdogs: The Unforgettables. Check out what

Bleacher Report

had to say about the 1991-1992 Kentucky Wildcats below.

"Coming off of an extremely tough probation, Richie Farmer, John Pelphrey, Sean Woods and Deron Feldhaus suffered after the “Kentucky Shame” Sports Illustrated cover and made their way to the Elite Eight.They weren’t supposed to be a great team. They were supposed to help bridge the gap from struggling to “these are Pitino’s guys coming in to save the program.” Only, they became saviors with their tough-nose play and the perfect blend of characters."

The fact that this team was a ragtag team of Kentucky boys made them one of the fan favorites. And as stated above, the team was tough-nosed and stuck to the fundamentals. Without the talent that Big Blue Nation sees in the current teams under John Calipari, they had to stick to this style to win games. And boy did they win, making it to the Elite 8 against all odds before falling to Duke. This was the last time that Kentucky boys dominated the Kentucky Wildcats roster, which is something that has long since passed with the current era. Though, with John Calipari at the helm, we shouldn’t be worried. The Kentucky Wildcats are in good hands and will not be the underdogs for a long time.

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