When the Kentucky Wildcats won the 2012 NCAA National Championship, it debunked arguments heard countless times in a myriad of different ways from people around the country.
They said John Calipari would never win a championship. They said a freshman-oriented team would never win a championship.
They were wrong. And college basketball is better for it.
Sure, everyone who hates Calipari and his method are not overjoyed, but in the long run, college basketball will benefit from the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats team.
For starters, this Kentucky squad put the emphasis entirely on team basketball. Calipari proved that he can, in fact, win a title with a young team and he has given all of his critics some serious thinking to do.
Instead of being the exception to the rule, Kentucky and Calipari are well on their way to rewriting the rules for recruiting, star players and college basketball in general.