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.
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