In winning the 2012 national title, the Kentucky Wildcats set a new standard for excellence in men’s basketball with a single-season record 38 wins against just two losses. It’s the kind of performance that immediately raises questions about UK’s place in history, starting with this one:
Has there been any team in the last decade that could match the Wildcats’ brilliance?
In addition to the other nine NCAA champions in that time, two other squads have an obvious argument to be considered among this period’s best. Both Illinois (in 2005) and Memphis (in 2008), while they failed to win the title, equaled the previous Division I record of 37 wins in a season—a record Memphis actually broke, only to vacate its performance and leave the mark for Kentucky to capture.
Read on for a head-to-head look at why no one, even in that impressive collection of teams, can beat out Kentucky as the best in the last 10 seasons of college hoops.