Ah, now comes the fun part of dissecting which five guys John Calipari puts together in what situation. Let's take a look at a couple of the most common situations you expect to see throughout the course of the year with a projection of what the lineup looks like in that situation.
What happens late in close games: Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Alex Poythress and Julius Randle.
If Kentucky is faced with closing out a game at the free-throw line and holding onto the ball, this is the projected lineup Calipari will put out on the floor. Moving Poythress over to the 4 spot allows another free-throw shooter to be on the floor as well as the ability for all five guys to dribble the ball up the court. The other positive side to this is defensively. All five players can switch everything and contest shots from behind the arc.
This is also the lineup I expect to see if a team tries to go small against Kentucky and run the floor.
What happens if a team goes big against Kentucky: Andrew Harrison, James Young, Alex Poythress, Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Pretty similar to the projected starting lineup, with the one difference being James Young coming in for Aaron Harrison. Young provides a little more height than Harrison and again almost every player can switch defensively. This lineup also provides an advantage offensively with Randle and Poythress being able to stretch the floor and allow Cauley-Stein to work one-on-one in the post.