2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 24-10

RPI: 15

BPI: 10

Conference: SEC

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region/Seed: Midwest, No. 8

 

So what if the Kentucky Wildcats did not finish the season 40-0. I am sure there are plenty of people out there that still think they have a great chance of winning the NCAA tournament. I am one of those people.

The Wildcats were challenged over and over again in their non-conference schedule and their SEC slate provided a bunch of tests.

Kentucky may not be the ultimate favorite to win the dance this year, but at least it won’t be playing in the NIT –lost to Robert Morris in first round last season.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Julius Randle (15.3 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Julius Randle (10.6 ppg)

Leading Passer: Andrew Harrison (3.8 apg)

Bad Losses: South Carolina  

Good Wins: Louisville, Tennessee, Providence

 

Julius Randle leads this team in scoring. That is a fact. However, he is not the only player who can put the ball into the hoop at a high rate. Three other players are averaging 10 or more. Two of those players are averaging 13 or more.

Kentucky is still arguably one of the most complete teams in college basketball. It is amazing how much talent this team has. If the Wildcats’ young players can play like veterans and to the level that their talent would suggest, they are going to be this year’s national champion and it won’t even be close.

There were a couple of ifs in there, though.

Regardless, Kentucky has played teams like Michigan State, Baylor, Louisville, North Carolina and Florida (three times). All of those tests could really pay off in this year’s tournament.

The Kentucky Wildcats are dancing!

 

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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