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I’m giving two of the most historically great programs the same slide because their stories are basically the same.
In case you missed the NBA Draft this summer, the Tar Heels and Wildcats reserved the first round for themselves.
Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall and John Henson were taken early for North Carolina, while Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague walked across the stage for Big Blue Nation.
The fact that both of these teams were considered among the best in the nation this year after a draft like that is a testament to the greatness of Kentucky and North Carolina basketball, as well as John Calipari and Roy Williams.
However, I do not think the Wildcats or Tar Heels will be able to seamlessly replace all that talent the way others do. We saw early evidence of that in Kentucky’s loss to Duke (struggled on the glass) and UNC’s upset defeat at the hands of Butler.
Of course, now that I have said that, one of these two programs will probably figure it out and win the national championship.
I don't think Calipari and Williams are going to struggle to put together great seasons, but neither will be in the Final Four.
And that’s the ultimate goal for both North Carolina and Kentucky every season.