It’s no stretch to call the Kentucky Wildcats the decisive favorites for the national championship. After all, John Calipari’s team has been ranked No. 1 in both polls since late January, and its only loss came on a buzzer-beating three-pointer at Indiana.
With such lofty expectations, it’s reasonable to ask whether the Wildcats will crumble under tournament pressure and succumb to an early exit. With the talent and versatility in Kentucky’s lineup, though, an upset in the first few rounds just isn’t in the cards.
Herein, a look at 10 reasons that Kentucky is a safe bet to last until at least the Elite Eight when March Madness opens next week.