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NCAA Tournament 2012: Kentucky Won't Be Stopped in Final 4

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats cuts down the net after they defeated the Baylor Bears 82 to 70 during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIMarch 26, 2012

Kentucky can't and will not be stopped in the 2012 NCAA Final Four.  

This is the best opportunity for Kentucky and head coach John Calipari to win the national championship and they won't let it slip away.

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller provide the best six-man group in the country.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Anthony Davis #23, Eloy Vargas #30 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate their 82 to 70 win over the Baylor Bears during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March
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Davis blocks/alters shots (nearly five per game) Kidd-Gilchrist does it all on the floor, Lamb and Miller knock down outside shots and Teague can get to the rim.

Defensively, Kentucky uses length and athleticism to stifle opponents. Kidd-Gilchrist, Miller and Davis are lengthy and athletic. Kidd-Gilchrist and Miller play difficult man-to-man defense by forcing opponents to drive, which brings them right to the big man Davis.

That combination is lethal. 

Louisville will give Kentucky issues in the Final Four. They lost by seven on December 31 but didn't have one starter in double figures. The game was also in Lexington.

However, Kentucky still has the athletes necessary to get the job done. They will find a way to survive and advance.

The championship game will be difficult. That's when the pressure really amps up and a young team like Kentucky can get caught in the moment. 

However, this is a different Kentucky team. 

Miller is a senior leader. His leadership combined with Lamb and Jones will go a long way for Calipari's crew. Also, Kidd-Gilchrist is one of the best freshman leaders college basketball has ever seen.

He leads by example.

His constant work ethic rubs off on his teammates. Kidd-Gilchrist will dive on the floor, volunteer to guard the opposing team's best player, will do whatever it takes offensively without needing the offense ran around him and will rebound the ball with high success.

Kentucky has every aspect of a championship team. Now it's time to prove it. 

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