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.
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.