The Kentucky Wildcats have a roster loaded with NBA talent that should have at least two players chosen in the top 5 picks of the NBA draft. At the end of the first round as many as five of their players this year could be selected to join NBA teams.
Talent alone will not win their NCAA Finals match up with the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday April 2, but the Wildcats have proven they are more than just a bunch of talented players on a team. All season the team has worked together and had an astonishing season with only two loses.
Freshman Anthony Davis has been the anchor to this Wildcats team all season and he was recently rewarded with the AP Player of the Year, for being voted as the top player this season by national college basketball media members. He is leading the team in scoring and rebounds, averaging a double-double with 14.4 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. Davis’ defense has been a huge part of the Wildcats’ success as he leads the nation averaging a massive 4.6 blocks per game.
However, the Wildcats do not depend solely on Davis to carry the team as they have other top players in Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Both Jones and Gilchrist have average double digits in points and around 7 rebounds a game. They have also proven that if Davis is having an off day or finds himself in early foul trouble, they are capable of stepping up and filling his role.
In the semi-final round of the tournament, the Wildcats finished off instate rival Louisville with a 69-61 victory. In the finals Kentucky will take on another tough team in the Kansas Jayhawks. The two teams played against each other in their second game of the season in a battle that saw the Wildcat’s victorious 75-65. In this game, the Wildcats were still coming together as a team and it showed as they committed 19 turnovers.
Monday’s game will be completely different as both teams are at top form and the players have gelled together as a team. The Wildcats will be too much for the Jayhawks to handle, as they were able to contain Jared Sullinger, but they will have much more on their hands with Davis and Jones. The Jayhawks will have no answer for the Wildcat big men, which will open up the court for their guards to shoot freely.
Wildcats- 86 Jayhawks- 74