Kentucky NCAA Tournament Preview, Prediction

    The Kentucky Wildcats have made it to the NCAA Tournament. Here's a preview of the team and a prediction of how they'll do during March Madness.

    March 10, 2016

    The Kentucky Wildcats have made it to the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a preview of the team and a prediction of how they’ll do during March Madness.


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    Team: Kentucky Wildcats

    Record:
     26-8

    Conference:
    SEC

    Head coach:
    John Calipari

    How they got here:
     At-large bid

    The Good

    This isn’t the Kentucky of the past couple of years, but don’t sleep on the Wildcats. Yes, they can be inconsistent. Yes, there can be a lack of cohesion on the floor at times. But in terms of sheer talent, UK was built for this time of year. Jamal Murray is a special player who is looking for his turn in the spotlight, a slashing, shooting beast who is a matchup problem for everyone. Guard Tyler Ulis has been through the wars before and is as good a passer as you will find, and Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee are quality bigs who can control the glass. Skal Labissiere has been coming on inside as well.

    The Bad

    Have the Wildcats been sandbagging all year only to turn it on in March? We’ll see if that plays out, but this is a fantastically talented squad that also struggles to play as a team for long stretches. Kentucky wanders mentally, and can struggle from the free-throw line at times, which is a problem late in games. Also, Murray and Ulis can dominate the ball too much.

    Prediction

    Kentucky’s inconsistency has been a storyline this season, but Coach Cal can never be counted out in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats have all the talent to go deep into the tournament, and how the kids react to playing in the bright spotlight will be the difference between a second-round upset and a trip to the Elite Eight.

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