The first Kentucky Wildcats to go 25-0 were no slouches, either

Lou Tsioropoulos (16), Cliff Hagan (6), Frank Ramsey (30), Phil Grawemeyer (44), and Bill Evans (42) pictured with Madge Barnett
Lou Tsioropoulos (16), Cliff Hagan (6), Frank Ramsey (30), Phil Grawemeyer (44), and Bill Evans (42) pictured with Madge Barnett
Lou Tsioropoulos (16), Cliff Hagan (6), Frank Ramsey (30), Phil Grawemeyer (44), and Bill Evans (42) pictured with Madge Barnett

Their roster stocked with future NBA players, the Kentucky Wildcats started the year 25-0. They obliterated big-time programs in non-league play by obscene margins. One of their most hard-earned wins came against LSU.

John Calipari’s 2014-15 Cats? After UK beat South Carolina Saturday in Rupp Arena to go 25-0, the answer is yes.

Yet the above description also applies to Adolph Rupp’s 1953-54 Wildcats — the only other team in UK’s regal history to stand 25-0 in a season.

Led by seniors Cliff Hagan (24 ppg), Frank Ramsey (19.6) and Lou Tsioropoulos (14.5), the ’53-54 Cats were a juggernaut. Kentucky’s average margin of victory for the season was 27.12 points a game. Only two teams, Xavier (six points) and LSU (seven), played the Cats within single digits.

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