Cats, Heels, make case for preseason #1 pt 3

"It will be hard to tell who would start and who comes off the bench. But I think we'll be in good shape."

"There's always that challenge, there's always that things that guys are going to have competition and got to go after each other. But I don't know right now. It will be hard to tell who would start and who comes off the bench. But I think we'll be in good shape."

Good shape? How about great shape?

Ohio State will be good. North Carolina obviously will be good. Defending champion Connecticut will be good. But Kentucky should be just as good because despite having a freshman-dominated team again, Calipari will have a talent-loaded team again.

Two years ago UK?had five players picked in the first round off the Elite Eight team. It could happen again with Jones, Lamb, Davis, Teague and Gilchrist-Kidd. Perhaps Miller has a big year and becomes a first-round pick as Calipari says he can. Same with Wilter.

Bottom line, UK?has more than enough talent to be a Final Four contender again, especially if this group buys into playing defense like Calipari's previous Kentucky teams have.

"We've never been as good as everybody wants to say offensively. You can't be undisciplined if you're a great defensive team. If you look over the last five, six teams, I think collectively our teams have been the best defensive teams in the country, which means we have great defensive discipline," Calipari said. "Will this team have that? I have no idea. I know we are going to be playing freshmen. To have great defensive discipline, when four freshmen are going to be in your top eight guys, top seven guys, very difficult.

"But this team has that kind of length. I think that we could put pressure on the ball physically, and this may be the kind of team we want it to be a rat game, a scrambling kind of game. Until we get together, I just don't know it."

Don't worry. All the rest of us know how good Kentucky will be.


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