By Jacob Kornhauser on April 6, 2014
A very unlikely team in the national championship, Kentucky has gotten solid contributions across the board during this tournament run. Some of their players are putting on performances that people saw coming, while others are performing in ways that people never imagined they would.
Here are their five best players heading into the national championship on Monday night.
Twin brother of clutch shooter Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison assisted on both of Aaron's game-winning shots this tournament. He's not too flashy, but he finds open teammates who are often on the perimeter waiting to hit big shots.
Alex Poythress has been an underrated player for Kentucky all season long, and especially in the tournament. He contributes in every facet of the game and has been a key to the Wildcats' success lately. He pulled down seven rebounds against Wisconsin and scored eight points while going 4-for-4 from the line. He isn't a big name, but he's as important as any other Wildcat.
James Young is a player for Kentucky who can drive and create his own shot. He's capable of finishing at the rim, as he did often against Wisconsin and can also pull up and hit jumpers with consistency. Young could be a sleeper to really contribute for the Wildcats in the national championship game.
By far the best NBA prospect on Kentucky's roster, Julius Randle has lived up to the hype this season. He's a big body and is at the center of what Kentucky wants to do on the boards. Grouped with other big bodies inside, Randle gives Kentucky an interior offensive presence, as well as an excellent rebounder.
Aaron Harrison has put his name on the map in the last week. He made two identical cold-blooded three-pointers that essentially gave his team the win in both cases. Now that he should have even more confidence, the Wildcats would like to get the ball in his hands late in the national championship game if it's close. That might just be the difference between becoming champions or runners up.
January 26, 2015 by James Szuba
The 5 most exciting teams to watch in college basketball Read More
January 26, 2015 by ericlaboissonniere
Here are the Week 12 mid-major power rankings. Read More
January 26, 2015 by Patrick Stanton
These five AAC teams still have some work to do to boost their NCAA tournament resume. Which of these teams will still be fighting in March? Read More
January 26, 2015 by Michael Woolfson
Check out five teams in the Big Ten that are on the bubble, and how close, or far, they are to making the tournament. Read More
January 26, 2015 by RantSports Staff
The Wisconsin Badgers will be the heavy favorites against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Jan. 31. After all, they did clobber Iowa in Round 1 this season. Read More
January 26, 2015 by Taylor Sturm
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are rapidly dropping out of the bubble talk and face the ranked Baylor Bears on Tuesday. Can they get a much-needed upset? Read More
January 26, 2015 by Alex Drude
The top teams keep winning, while plenty of teams appear to be fighting for the basement in the Pac-12. Read More
January 26, 2015 by Nick Wilder
With Iowa State going down last week, there’s a new team on top of this week’s Big 12 basketball power rankings as conference play heats up. Read More
The UCLA Bruins won't find much success against the Utah Utes when the two teams meet up on Jan. 29. Read More
The West Virginia Mountaineers face the Kansas State Wildcats in a crucial Big 12 matchup. Who will come out on top? Read More
January 26, 2015 by Brandon Williams
Other than Kentucky, the SEC has no shoo-in teams for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Take a look at the top five bubble teams heading into February. Read More
January 26, 2015 by Connor Muldowney
Week 11 of the college basketball season has come and passed, who tops our Big Ten power rankings for week 12? Read More