Anderson: 2012 UK Champs No Comparison To 1996

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Updated: 6/21/2012 11:19 pm
Former Kentucky Wildcat says UK's 2012 national champs are no comparison to the Cats' 1996 title winners.

LEXINGTON, KY - Derek Anderson, who won a national championship at Kentucky in 1996, says that team is superior to the 2012 UK national champs.

Anderson says the 2012 squad deserves credit for what it was able to accomplish, especially considering its youth - citing what Chris Webber and the Fab Five could not achieve at Michigan.

However, Anderson says the dominance displayed by the '96 Cats has not been matched since, such as beating Tennessee by 40 in Knoxville.

The 1996 team finished 34-2, 16-0 in the SEC and beat opponents by an average of 21.5 points in the NCAA tournament on the way to the title.

Anderson also brings up the bench Kentucky had in 1996 to support his claim.

Anderson says Kentucky played 11 guys on a regular basis with guys like Ron Mercer, Wayne Turner, Walter McCarty, Mark Pope and Jeff Sheppard coming off the bench.

Nine players from the 1996 team went on to play in the NBA.
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