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5 Reasons Why Kentucky Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

5 Reasons Why Kentucky Wildcats Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The Kentucky Wildcats were surprisingly given the No. 8 seed in the Midwest region of the 2014 NCAA tournament, and actually have the easiest path of any team in the 2014 NCAA tournament’s “Group of Death.” They face the Kansas State Wildcats in the opening game, but they will feel like they can beat every team in their bracket. Here are five reasons why the Wildcats could win the 2014 NCAA tournament.

5. Easy Opening Bracket

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5. Easy Opening Bracket

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The Kentucky Wildcats may feel like they were given a No. 8 seed unfairly, but they may have lucked out by being put there in the Midwest region. The No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 11 teams in the bracket are all potential Elite Eight teams, but if there is any question of weakness in the Midwest region, Kentucky faces them. They play Kansas State and will be expected to play Wichita State, two beatable teams.

4. Focus

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4. Focus

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Throughout the season, the Kentucky Wildcats have just not focused against weaker opponents. By starting out against a decent Kansas State side, their focus from the end of the season and the SEC tournament will remain strong.

3. Improvement

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3. Improvement

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The Kentucky Wildcats get better after every game. Even after their losses to LSU and Arkansas in league play, their improvement was obvious. If they can keep getting better during the tournament, they are legitimate national championship contenders.

2. Supporting Cast

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2. Supporting Cast

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Kentucky may be led by Julius Randle, but players like Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress will be key pieces in this team's success.

1. Rebounding

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1. Rebounding

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The Kentucky Wildcats are one of the best teams in the country at rebounding the basketball. Every team in their bracket, except potentially Tennessee, will struggle to rebound against this Wildcats team.