Kentucky Wildcats Basketball

NCAA Basketball Predictions 2012: 3 Reasons Kentucky Wins It All Next Year

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 27:  Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts after a play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half of the east regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Prudential Center on March 27, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Brennan ThomasContributor IIIMarch 28, 2011

Coach Calipari never ceases to thrill the faithful fans of the Blue Grass state.

This year he has the Wildcats in the Final Four, poised to finish a dream season with a National Championship.

However, regardless of how the season finishes for Kentucky, they will win the National Championship in 2012.

There are three main reasons that Kentucky will finish next season as champions. First of all, they will have Calipari back for his third season.

Secondly, regardless of whether Brandon Knight and Terrance Jones return, the Cats will have a good core of returning players.

Finally, they have the best recruiting class in the country, one of the finest ever.

Many have questioned Calipari’s ability to coach, simply stating that he wins because of talent. He has proved all those people wrong with this year’s Final Four run. Just in the last week he knocked off the nation’s top team, Ohio State, and the ACC regular season champion, North Carolina.

Both opponents had more raw skill and experience, but Calipari out-coached the opposition. He is an extremely talented postseason coach, with his ability to create game plans to create favorable matchups against any team in the country.

Next year, he will have a team much more talented than his current team, so the sky is the limit for his “Drive and Dish” offensive attack.

Calipari is known for his recruiting brilliance, and that luminosity may be required to retain some of his current stars, most notably Brandon Knight and Terrance Jones.  Both have dominated opposing defenses all season long and next year will only be better.

However, the odds of both returning are slim. Even without the two stars, the Wildcats would still be in decent shape.

Doron Lamb, DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller averaged a combined 32 points a game this season. At times the trio of phenomenal role players was able to carry the team while the stars struggled. With another season in Lexington, they will be develop into stars.

Finally it is impossible to overlook the ridiculous recruiting class that Calipari was able to sign. Kentucky inked the number one power forward, small forward and point guard: Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist,Marcus Teague as well as the No. 15 overall player, Kyle Wiltjer.

This class of four McDonald's All Americans mirrors the 2009 class that included John Wall and Demarcus Cousins. The difference is that the current Kentucky team is much deeper than the 2009 squad.

In 2012 Kentucky will have the most talented team in the Country, regardless of who declares for the NBA. With the immense talent, Coach Calipari will lead the Kentucky WildCats to a Championship. I guess the only question is, will next year be Calipari's first or second National Championship?

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