Insider knows you're hot for hoops over the summer, which is why we're bringing you a closer look at five programs on the rise, five on the way down and five at a crossroads. Kentucky is first on our list of five on the rise. Tomorrow: Texas.
2008-09: 22-14 (NIT)
The Kentucky Wildcats return just six players from last year's team, lost the nation's fifth-leading scorer to the NBA and will start next season with a new head coach. Most teams in a similar situation would be talking about slow progress during the summer. The Wildcats are talking about a national championship. Such is the impact of John Calipari.
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