Kentucky Basketball: Wildcats' 5 Keys to a Successful Postseason

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Kentucky Basketball: Wildcats' 5 Keys to a Successful Postseason
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On the eve of Kentucky's first game in the 2014 SEC tournament, which is arguably the most important SEC tournament under the tutelage of head coach John Calipari, there are still a number of factors that can determine how dangerous this team can be the rest of the season. 

The Wildcats have had one of the most tumultuous regular seasons in recent memory. Starting the season ranked No. 1 in the country, they faced nonconference losses to Michigan State, Baylor and North Carolina. With the expectation of the tides turning come SEC play, the opposite happened.

Kentucky was never able to get a true signature win in conference play but did get swept by Florida and Arkansas while also losing to LSU and lowly South Carolina. Needless to say, this team has plenty of doubters heading into March Madness.

However, on the flip side, this young team can still hit its stride when it matters the most. There's no question Kentucky has the size, depth and athleticism to be a factor in March. The only question is: Can the Wildcats put it all together at once?

This slideshow will take a look at the five keys to the Kentucky success in March. Some of these points have been harped on all season, while others may be exclusive to the setup of a tournament schedule. 

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