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5 Takeaways from Kentucky Wildcats’ 2013-14 College Basketball Season

Kentucky Wildcats: 5 Takeaways from 2013-14 College Basketball Season

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The Kentucky Wildcats fell short of a 2014 National Championship but performed well for a No. 8 seed. Starting the season as the No. 1 ranked team, they lived up to expectations in the end and have a lot of positives to take from it all. Here are five takeaways from Kentucky’s 2013-14 college basketball season.

5. 2012 Wasn’t a Fluke

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5. 2012 Wasn’t a Fluke

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Kentucky last won the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a majority of freshmen on the team, but this year proved that It could be done again – even if they didn’t win.

4. Veterans Are Important

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4. Veterans Are Important

Alex Poythress Kentucky
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With Willie Cauley-Stein on the floor, Kentucky may have beaten UConn. However, they wouldn’t have made it to the championship game if it wasn’t for Alex Poythress.

3. Top Recruiting Pays Off

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3. Top Recruiting Pays Off

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Say what you will about one-and-done freshmen, but it looks like they’re getting results. See Arizona, Kansas and Syracuse, as well.

2. John Calipari Is a Good Coach

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2. John Calipari Is a Good Coach

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Calipari takes a lot of flak for being an elite recruiter and not a coach, but his teams consistently get better as the season goes along.

1. Keeping Players in School is Important

Alex Poythress
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1. Keeping Players in School is Important

Alex Poythress
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Every season that Kentucky has had a tournament run with these freshmen-heavy teams there have been returning players from the previous season make an impact. If one or two of these Kentucky freshmen stay this season, the Wildcats could do it again next season.