It’s a pretty odd thing to come away from a loss feeling better about your team’s chances in the postseason, but Kentucky’s gutsy performance at Kansas made believers out of many. The New York Post’s Zach Braziller has an article out today in which he argues that Kentucky is starting to get the look of a Final Four team. Whereas most people have compared this group to Calipari’s 2011 squad, Braziller compares them to the 2014 team:
But, be warned – that was the case two years ago, and everyone saw how that turned out. John Calipari’s Wildcats are starting to get it together, just like they did a couple years back, when they advanced to the national championship game as a No. 8 seed.
In fact, through 21 games this season, they have the exact same record as that season – 16-5 overall and 6-2 in the SEC – after Saturday night’s hard-fought overtime loss at No. 4 Kansas. And as was the case at this point in 2014, look closely enough and you are beginning to see signs of a big March run.
Braziller says Kentucky’s freshmen are “starting to get it,” but that this team “isn’t as reliant on freshmen” as the 2014 group:
That unit was led by the Harrison brothers, Aaron and Andrew, along with forwards Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle and James Young. This team’s best player is a sophomore, point guard Tyler Ulis, and junior forward Derek Willis has emerged as a quality option up front, alongside junior Marcus Lee and senior Alex Poythress. Willis, Poythress and Lee were on that team which stunned higher seeds Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin en route to the national title game. They’ve seen it happen.
Does the Cats’ performance on Saturday have you more or less excited about their chances in March?