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.
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.