One Year, that is all it took for Kentucky to go from not competing for a conference title to outright champion, and national championship contender.
Last year at this time we had just capped off a 19-12 season and a few weeks later I would write an article that summed up what that season meant to me.
How the NIT to Kentucky really stood for Never Imagined This after the win over UNLV.
Fast Forward and we are now 29-2 locked into a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament.
Our coach has said all the right things and made the perfect moves to put his team in the position its in right now. Starting with recruiting and shaping of a team that could make a championship run.
The Wildcats have the great guard play in John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, who could prove to be the best freshman guard tandem ever.
Couple that with the emerging play of DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller, and Darnell Dodson, and you create quite a formidable backcourt.
In Kentucky's frontcourt you have two All-Americans in Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins.
Both of these players have had their ups and down this year. Patterson has come on as of late and in the tournament will be the rock the team leans on when they need a leader.
This team looks like they have everything they will play anyone and only have trouble with the top seeds as they get deeper in the tournament.
This is not the case, with the current parity in Men's basketball there are some teams the 'Cats should be worried about.
There are really three types of teams that have a good shot at beating Kentucky, two of which we played this year and lost.
The first type is the elite team. This is the one type we did not play this year, we thought we had put and elite team on the schedule but both of those teams had very sub par season (UNC/UConn). The bad outcomes for those teams makes the win less valuable to the 'Cats.
The second type is the above average team that has the bodies to match up with Kentucky. (Vandy/Tenn) This is the team that can get some rebounds and make a few plays. A team that can body up with Kentucky's size has a chance when they play there best and the 'Cats shoot poorly.
Finally you have what you have is the team of one. The team who has a superstar and he gets hot. He will come to play in the big game and shoot lights out, making impossible plays. With minimal help he can be David and take down a giant. Just ask Devan Downey.