I honestly believe that this title is Kentucky's for the taking.
I watched the entire Arizona-Wisconsin game and Wisconsin is very impressive. They have a great PG (Jackson) who can handle and control tempo, attack the goal and find open guys. They shoot the ball well and have a couple of guys (Hayes and Kaminsky) who can post you and score back to basket. They play great team defense and will get out in transition. This is not your daddy's Wisconsin. They can score and will run a little bit. Some of these white boys are damn good athletes and Kaminsky can do a bit of everything.
But let me be serious. There is no way they have the personnel to account for a Randle-Poythress-Dakari-Lee glass-eating, rim-protecting, pride of lions, along with an NBA-sized backcourt of guys who are (suddenly) deadly from behind the arc. This doesn't even account for whether or not Willie Cauley-Stein somehow makes it back. Sprinkle in unbridled confidence and swagger and the unconscious, short-term memories of the Harrison twins, as well as a dash of able personnel management from Calipari (maybe the surprise of the tournament?), and it's tough to not see them finishing the drill here.
Somehow, some way, this team has morphed into a fluid rotation of 8-9 super athletic, great-shooting, good-decision-making, high-flying freaks in the mold of a 90s-era Rick Pitino team. They are playing like the team that many of us fantasized about back in summer of last year when we started visualizing the lineup and speculating on 40-0 seasons....so why should the result be any different?
My only fear here is the consequence of a week of aggrandizing Kentucky's young all-stars, and all the "welcome back to Texas after a long year's journey" stories the media will run out about the Harrison twins and Randle. Meanwhile, Wisconsin will be the ugly stepsister that no one thinks has a chance. Remember, the biggest problem with this team since day one was their belief in their own inflated hype. I hope they can stay grounded this week.
In the meantime, let's all enjoy the beauty of an unexpected Final Four season, representing coach Calipari's third in five seasons at UK. No matter what happens next weekend in Arlington, this team has given fans more than enough to be proud of. And Aaron Harrison's shot will remain a part of Kentucky lore for many seasons to come.go back