Kentucky Basketball: 5 Reasons the 'Cats Are Still Final Four Contenders

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Kentucky Basketball: 5 Reasons the 'Cats Are Still Final Four Contenders
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The Kentucky Wildcats basketball team has gone through a wild roller coaster ride early in the 2012-13 season. The team kicked off the year with a gritty victory over Maryland and a narrow loss to a senior-laden Duke team. Both games showed signs of promise for this young but talented team.

However, the wheels fell off quickly and the 'Cats are now 5-3, having suffered back-to-back losses versus unranked Notre Dame on the road and unranked Baylor at home. The loss to Scott Drew's bunch was the first home loss during John Calipari's tenure, and it snapped the nation's longest home winning streak in an embarrassing fashion.

With all of that being said, Kentucky fans have no reason to panic. That is because despite all of this team's early season woes, this bunch of Wildcats is still a legitimate contender for the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta. Read the following slides to find out why there is plenty to be hopeful for when looking ahead to March.

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