Kentucky Basketball: Blueprint for Wildcats to Return to AP Top 25

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Kentucky Basketball: Blueprint for Wildcats to Return to AP Top 25
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Kentucky basketball has a chance to turn the corner this season.

The Wildcats are sitting at a disappointing 11-5 overall record and 2-1 in SEC play. However, they have a serious chance to make a run in conference play with the SEC only having two teams ranked in the AP Top 25

But with Kentucky gritting out a tough win over rival Tennessee on Tuesday, it could be a possible turning point for the Cats. With Tuesday's win as a guide, the blueprint for Kentucky's return to the AP Top 25 is easy to track.

There's no question to the talent Kentucky has, after bringing in the top-rated class this season. Freshmen Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress are all ranked in the top 15 for the class of 2012. 

John Calipari has a recipe for success when it comes to young teams, something he's very used to by having coached numerous freshmen-laden teams. Calipari tends to coach the team to be successful in March, not necessarily in December. That is what the blueprint is about.

Once this team learns its role within Calipari's system, it has the chance to be another legendary team in Kentucky's history. 

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