Monday, February 1, 2016

New York Post Says Kentucky Has Look of Final Four Team

Zach Braziller of the New York Post says seemingly mediocre Kentucky now has the look of a Final Four team.

Check out Braziller's thoughts:

In fact, through 21 games this season, they have the exact same record as that season — 16-5 overall and 6-2 in the SEC — after Saturday night’s hard-fought overtime loss at No. 4 Kansas. And as was the case at this point in 2014, look closely enough and you are beginning to see signs of a big March run.

The freshmen are starting to get it, at least incrementally. Skal Labissiere remains underwhelming, but Calipari smartly moved him to the bench, as a bit player who, when productive, sees his minutes increase. New Jersey’s Isaiah Briscoe has played well of late, posting 15 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over Missouri last Wednesday and notching 12 points and five assists against Kansas on Saturday night. Leading scorer Jamal Murray has become more productive, shooting 44 percent over his past 13 games.

This group also isn’t as reliant on freshmen. That unit was led by the Harrison brothers, Aaron and Andrew, along with forwards Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle and James Young. This team’s best player is a sophomore, point guard Tyler Ulis, and junior forward Derek Willis has emerged as a quality option up front, alongside junior Marcus Lee and senior Alex Poythress. Willis, Poythress and Lee were on that team which stunned higher seeds Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin en route to the national title game. They’ve seen it happen.

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