The Kentucky Wildcats were awarded the Number One college basketball team in the 2014-15 period as quickly as they stepped off the court in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as 60-54 losers to Connecticut in the national champion game. Absolutely nothing has altered considering that. There were a couple of unanticipated extensions into overtime in early Southeastern Conference play however the undefeated Wildcats' performance so far has experts disputing not whether they are the very best basketball team in the country this year but of all time. As typical John Calipari's team is stuffed with blue-chip McDonald's All-Americans, only one of whom is an upperclassman. He frequently substitutes them into the game en masse, hockey style.
But those who only see the gaudy undefeated record may not be mindful that this Kentucky team is developed on defense. The Wildcats quit only 81.7 points per 100 possessions, the stingiest defense the college basketball game has ever seen because that metric was presented in the early 2000s – by a monstrous 3.4 points. So even if Kentucky's shots are not falling on a specific night the opposition still has to compete with that traditionally suppressing defense to defeat the ‘Cats.
For much of the 2014 March Madness the Wisconsin Badgers were the best team in the competition, till they lost by an indicate Kentucky in the National Semifinals. Frank Kaminsky has kept his Badgers among the country's elite, doing this in familiar fashion. Wisconsin's grinding style limits groups to 56 points a game. They are the course of the competitive Big Ten and while a plodding style of play may not win fans it certainly wins game.
You do not have to state that twice to Tony Bennett whose Virginia Cavaliers play to the second-slowest tempo in the country. Ask Georgia Tech who strolled off the floor of John Paul Jones Arena with 28 points in a January loss. The Cavaliers made it to 19-0 prior to stumbling in the house to conference competitor Duke. Both Virginia and Duke, led by the superb Jahlil Okafor, are possibilities to get Number One seeds at next month's huge dance. Even while unbeaten nobody was comparing Virginia to Kentucky and for great factor – when Bennett looks down his bench he does not see a single McDonald's All-American, a rarity for an elite team.
The Kansas Jayhawks entered the 2014-15 season with high expectations which lasted precisely 41 minutes. After an opening tune-up in a win against the University of California at Santa Barbara the # 5 Jayhawks were dismantled in a neutral site game by Kentucky 72-40. That loss dropped the Hawks to the mid-teens in the national rankings however Kansas has clawed its way back, thanks in large part to an excellent 8-1 record in the Big 12, the most difficult conference in the nation top to bottom. Top-heavy conferences like the ACC with Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville and North Carolina have no lack of Final Four dreamers however there is a great opportunity for ten of the Big 12 groups to get invites to the tournament.
Arizona has actually been the class of the PAC-12 for so long it is easy to forget that UCLA as soon as ruled the college basketball universe. NBA gamers rotate through coach Sean Miller's program with such uniformity that the tired trope of “reloading, not reconstructing” is totally proper in Tucson. Arizona has been the victim of mystifying defeats in previous seasons but they are again in a position to win a nationwide championship. As constantly “defense” is the watchword for Miller-coached teams which leads to such beat-downs as the 57-34 injuring the Wildcats put on a 14-6 Oregon State team at the end of January. It simply might end up that the 2014-15 period will certainly end with a pair of Wildcat teams vying to see just who is indeed the more relentless.
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