Kentucky Basketball: Projecting Kentucky's Starting Lineup for Next Season

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Kentucky Basketball: Projecting Kentucky's Starting Lineup for Next Season
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John Calipari's coaching style makes projecting a starting lineup simple. He's most comfortable with six- or seven-man rotations, and the lack of depth in 2012-13 makes my job that much easier.

With the 2012-13 roster all but set in stone, we can now get a glimpse of a squad that looks to be the first Kentucky team to repeat as national champions since the days of Adolph Rupp.

Correctly naming all five starters can be a challenge, even if Calipari has a limited rotation. Everyone knows who will contribute next year. But how will Calipari use them?

Before the 2011-12 season, Glenn Logan's preview was most accurate in determining the starting five for Kentucky's championship season. He listed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as a "co-starter" beside Darius Miller, although, according to Wildcat Review, Miller started just 11 games to MKG's 39.

Kentucky Sports Radio's Thomas Beisner projected Doron Lamb to be the excluded starter. Eric Wright of Bleacher Report predicted a starting five without Kidd-Gilchrist.

No one expected a tenured senior like Miller to cede a starting role to an unproven freshman, nor would they expect Miller to finish sixth on the team in minutes per game. 

Will there be another surprise starter in 2012-13? Could Willie Cauley start over Kyle Wiltjer? Julius Mays over Ryan Harrow? Probably not, but who knows? 

In this article, we'll take an in-depth look at who could start at each position.

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