Kentucky Basketball: Final 2013-14 Grades After National Title Game Loss

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Kentucky Basketball: Final 2013-14 Grades After National Title Game Loss
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Any freshman, no matter how talented, has his issues adapting to the rigors of college basketball. Kentucky's gifted class is no different with its McDonald's All-Americans living through the transition seven times over.

Despite the struggles UK endured during the regular season, coach John Calipari found a remedy just in time for the postseason, and his baby Wildcats caught fire. They survived taut thrillers one after another, advancing all the way to the national finals before UConn's crew of ice-cold veterans sawed off their challenge.

Many of these Wildcats won't be wearing Big Blue next season, so any lessons they've learned over the past five months will have to stand them in good stead as they head off for professional careers. But before they go, let's evaluate how Kentucky's youngsters performed during the 2013-14 campaign.

Similar to my piece on Florida from earlier this week, we'll consider Kentucky's conference and nonconference performances along with each starter individually and the bench as a collective.

The names always change in Lexington, but will the results stay the same?

 

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