Kentucky named greatest college basketball program of all time
Kentucky is undoubtedly the most prominent college basketball program in the SEC. Now, CBS Sports is calling UK the greatest college hoops program of all-time.
Matt Norlander ranked the all-time 25 best programs on the criteria below:
NCAA Tournament championships (20 points)
Final Four appearances without a national title (10 points)
Regular-season titles (5 points)
Elite Eights without making the Final Four (3 points)
NIT titles (3 points)
NCAA Tournament bids (2 points)
Wins (0.5 points)
Losses (-0.5 points)
Wins over ranked opponents (0.5 points)
Weeks ranked (0.1 point)
Top-10 NBA picks (5 points)
11-30 NBA picks (3 points)
31-60 NBA picks (1 point)
In that point system, Kentucky checked in at 1,931.8 points, topping North Carolina (1,682.3), Duke (1,487.8) and UCLA (1,474.5).
“Kentucky is blowing away this field with 1,931.8 points. The difference, really, is the SEC championships and the NBA talent John Calipari has recruited to the Bluegrass State for the past decade,” Norland writes of the Wildcats. “It’s astounding. Kentucky is unequivocally the most successful and consistent program in college basketball in the past 10 years, the past 20, 30, 40, 60 and even 80 years.”
One can expect Calipari to use that high praise of the program on the recruiting trail.
Just one other SEC program made the Top 25. Arkansas checked in at No. 22 with 647.1 points.
The complete rankings can be viewed here.