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I think this season was a flop because of point guard play. Like I said, I didn't watch a lot of Kentucky, but when i did Harrow often struggled. Especially with Cal's offense, PG play is essential.
When 4 alpha-males collide on a basketball court bad things happen. This team is not going to win with Kyle Wijtler as their most experienced player. Their championship team had a perfect mix of insane freshman and experienced leadership. Their team next year has two paths. A train wreck or a disappointment.
That is unless Wiggins goes there. He could go to Boston College and bring them to a final 4. At UK who knows....
The field. Barely.
I think the concerns about blending these talents and egos to form a cohesive team are certainly valid, but slightly overblown. I think this year's Kentucky team was anomaly in terms of chemistry. One thing Calipari doesn't get enough credit for is convincing his players to subjugate their egos for the good of the collective.
Secondly, there are other teams that, on paper at least, can compete with the Wildcats. Arizona is going to be sick. Michigan State, Louisville, and Duke should contend and if (and it's a BIG if) Michigan's principles come back they would be my personal number one.
Just to clarify for everyone (I'm a UK student). Noel is gone, Goodwin is gone, Mays is gone, Harrow is gone.
Alex Poythress will be back and could develop into an absolute beast if he learns to take the ball to the hole strong, which he'll have to do in practice. Cauley-Stein was the team's most improved player last year and will probably start over Johnson for the opener. Aside from the Maryland game, and maybe one other, Wiltjer was a headcase last year. I'd say he was hot and cold from 3, but he was cold way more often than he was hot. He's also been a major defensive liability going on 2 years now. If he doesnt put in work in the offseason, I doubt he sees much of the court unless UK needs a shooter on a particular night.
The good part about the 2013-14 team vs. the 2012-13 team, is that they remind me of the 2011-12 team in terms of attitude. These guys are already talking about pushing each other every day during practice. MKG and Co. started a morning "breakfast club" to get up shots and lift weights, whereas last year's team got called out by Cal for watching too much "Squarepants."
That being said, always take the field. The John Wall squad was by far the best team in the tournament that year and lost b/c of one night of turd shooting; it can happen to anyone.
Kentucky would need to be close to a 90% favorite to win every tournament game in order to not take the field. So basically you'd be betting that they're by far the best team ever.
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