If Kentucky goes on to win the NCAA Tournament and finishes the season with a perfect 40-0 record, it would have to go down as one of the greatest teams in NCAA history. Would the 2014-15 Wildcats be the greatest team in Kentucky’s program history, however? Not according to one high-profile former coach.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino joined the Dan Patrick Show for an interview today, and discussed his former program. While it is impossible to deny how great this year’s Kentucky team is, Pitino thinks that his 1996 national championship team was better:
“Well, I don’t think they’re as good as my ’96 team,” Pitino said. “Remember, the SEC was much tougher back then. Much tougher teams. Our average margin of victory back then in the SEC, I think, was about 28 points per game. They’ve had a lot of close games.”
The 1996 Wildcats went 34-2 overall and 16-0 in SEC players, and had 11 future NBA players on the roster. Interestingly, one of those two losses came to a John Calipari-led UMass team. Here is Pitino’s full interview: