CBB Summer Buzz: Kentucky
The Wildcats lost a lot of talent to the NBA but could rebuild quickly this season
Insider knows you're hot for hoops during the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at a few of the big-profile schools before most freshmen have even moved into their dorms. We continue today with Kentucky.
2009-10: 35-3 (NCAA tournament - Elite Eight)
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
You've probably heard that adage before. And at first glance you can also see how it applies to Kentucky's men's basketball program under John Calipari. Last season, Coach Cal revitalized the Wildcats by bringing in a four-pack of fresh faces that started as wide-eyed rooks and finished as first-round NBA draft picks.
Flash forward to this fall and, lookee here, another wave of wunderkinds is rolling into Lexington. With the No. 1-ranked recruiting class, Kentucky is reloaded for another NCAA tournament charge. For all the similarities from a season ago, however, there are crucial differences between the two rosters. And even Calipari believes that anyone reflexively putting the Cats on the fast track to the Final Four may want to consider a few factors first.
To read the summer preview of the Kentucky Wildcats, including season outlooks from Jay Bilas, Doug Gottlieb, Fran Fraschilla and Joe Lunardi, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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Insider knows you're hot for hoops during the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at few of the big-profile schools before most freshmen have even moved into their dorms.
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North Carolina Tar Heels
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Duke Blue Devils
Blue Devils have the talent to repeat
Wildcats have talent, but is it enough?
With UK on the rise, the Cards need to rebuild
Bears are on cusp of Big 12 elite status
Michigan State Spartans
Another Final Four could be in the cards
Ohio State Buckeyes
Learning to live without Evan Turner
Illinois Fighting Illini
A dark-horse candidate for the Big Ten title
The Baby Boilers are all grown up
Mack will lead Bulldogs' attack
Despite key losses, the Orange are contenders
Without Monroe, it's all about the guards
Jay Wright's frontcourt has arrived
Hopson, Harris should ignite Vols
Vet leadership, depth should aid Gators
Bruins can begin the rebuilding process
Huskies hungry to reach Elite Eight
Influx of talent forces out familar faces
Kansas State Wildcats
Expectations are higher than ever in Manhattan
Jayhawks still have the talent to compete