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NCAA Tournament 2012: Why Nothing Will Keep Kentucky from National Title

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 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Michael DixonAnalyst IIIJuly 25, 2015

At this point, there are no concerns anymore.

The Kentucky Wildcats are the best, most talented all-around team in the country.

They can beat any potential remaining opponent in several different ways. The Wildcats don't need to make anyone play "their game," which no other team can say at this point. 

An initial concern I had with Kentucky was a lack of experience. Yes, they have six players that average ten points a game, but take a look at that group. 

Player Year
Anthony Davis Freshman
Doron Lamb Sophomore   
Terrence Jones Sophomore
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist    Freshman
Darius Miller Senior
Marquis Teague Freshman

 

That group may be more talented than any in the country, and they'll likely produce more solid NBA talent than anyone else, but that doesn't always make a difference in a one-game elimination.

Kids can get into a situation, become overwhelmed and lose a team of lesser-talented players that have been playing together for two, three or even four years.

But being overwhelmed is no longer a concern, and neither is being tricked.

They're playing Louisville in the semifinal—a team the Wildcats know quite well.

In the final, they'll be playing either Kansas or Ohio State—two high profile teams (Kentucky has already played and beaten Kansas this year). 

The concern for Kentucky was with either a veteran group, or a team that doesn't get much attention and not a lot is known about.

That isn't really applicable here. 

From this point on, the nerves are no longer an issue. If Kentucky was going to be overwhelmed by the situation, they wouldn't have made it to the Final Four.

Indiana and Baylor are easily good enough teams to have beaten Kentucky if they were nervous. As it is, the Wildcats put up 184 combined points against those teams.

So much for nerves. 

The talent is what will kick in now, and that's a big advantage to Kentucky. 

They have too many players that can take over a game on the offensive end.

Anthony Davis is the best player in the country, but he can have a bad game and the team will still win. 

That isn't the case with any other team remaining. They all need the stars to be competitive against the Wildcats.

Davis, along with the rest of the team, has too much length and blocks lanes to the basket.

That will result in a National Championship, and two fairly non-suspenseful games in the process. 

 

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