Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: 2011-2012 Team Chasing History

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Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: 2011-2012 Team Chasing History
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Breaking stereotypes has been the forte of John Calipari's 2011-12 squad. The Kentucky Wildcats are led by underclassmen and have proven they can win at home and on the road. This team can hit late-game free throws to go along with its unrelenting athleticism.

That combination has been hard to come by for coach Calipari in recent years. In 2009-2010, Kentucky was one of the most talented teams in the nation but had a sub-70 percent shot from the free throw line and only made 33 percent of its three point shots.

The very next year, Kentucky shot well (71 percent from the line, 40 percent from beyond the arc) but struggled to win games away from Rupp Arena (lost seven games on the road).

This year, Kentucky has the athleticism and dominance of John Wall and company, plus the shooting prowess of last year's team.

All that means is that this year, Kentucky has one of the best teams in history, not just this year. Granted, the season is far from over, but the dominance displayed by this team is second to none. A margin of victory of 19 points per game reflects that this team is great both on offense and defense.

Let's take a look at the historical significance of the 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats.

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