2014 NCAA Tournament: Kentucky’s 5 Most Important Players

2014 NCAA Tournament: Kentucky's 5 Most Important Players

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The Wildcats entered this season with the lofty goal of being the first undefeated team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, and with one of the best recruiting classes of all time, that was not necessarily out of the question. After a disappointing season that ended in double-digit losses, however, Kentucky fans were shocked.

But all is not lost. Kentucky gave Florida a great fight in the SEC championship, and is peaking at just the right time.

5. Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein
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5. Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein
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The second-year center is a defensive force in the paint for the Wildcats. While Julius Randle can certainly handle the offensive load in the paint, Cauley-Stein must maintain his defensive presence if the Wildcats want to make a deep tournament run.

4. Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison
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4. Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison
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The Harrison twins were two of the most coveted college basketball recruits in the nation last year. Aaron, the shooting guard, may not take on the ball-handling abilities of his brother, Andrew, but he still needs to make good decisions and make shots for Kentucky to make a run.

3. James Young

James Young
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3. James Young

James Young
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James Young needs to continue to be the lethal 3-point threat he was in the regular season. Kentucky needs to create floor spacing so that players like the Harrison twins can drive to the basket, and having deep-threats like Young on your team is a good way to ensure spacing. If he is making shots, Kentucky is much better team.

2. Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison
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2. Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison
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Great tournament teams almost always have a great floor general running the team, and Andrew needs to fit the bill for Kentucky to win games going forward. Harrison needs to make good decisions with the basketball and feed the paint so that Cauley-Stein and Randle can go to work.

1. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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1. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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Randle was the crown jewel of an incredible recruiting class that John Calipari was able to lock up. The guy is an absolute force in the paint. He has good footwork, great moves around the basket, and a bulldog-like mentality for competing for every rebound that comes his way. He is the kind of talent who can carry the Wildcats all the way.

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