John Calipari, just the name alone strikes fear in the eyes in all of his adversaries. This season Coach Cal and the Kentucky Wildcats seem to be a freight train coming out of hell. The Wildcats sit at 12-0 on the season, and will seemingly face their toughest test of the season with #4 Louisville on December 27th in Louisville.
This pack of Cats is not led by just one superstar, but by a group of hungry underclassman. The leader though has to be a man by the name of Aaron Harrison, lets just say this guy can “ball”. Harrison has been firing on all cylinders this season, and looks to possibly be a favorite for this years Wooden Award. Harrison is cold-blooded, and when he steps behind the arch, oh boy watch out.
Big Willie Cauley-Stein is another guy whose name that’s been flying around as of late. Cauley-Stein’s role has increased even more with the season ending injury to Alex Poythress. Cauley-Stein is an incredibly inconsistent though, but if the maturation process can continue, this kid could be legit. He has taken major strides since last season, and is potentially a stride away from being an absolute superstar.
One name to watch for is big man Marcus Lee to watch for with the Wildcats, he showed his stripes during last years tournament. Lee played flawless against Michigan last year in the Elite 8 and solidified his spot as a possible “Role Player/Sixth Man”. If Lee can come off the bench and become a true and absolute force than these Cats could possibly be unstoppable.
Impressive victories over Kansas, UNC, Texas and UCLA have seemingly made the Cats the contender for the ultimate crown. But with Coach Cal, there usually comes disappointment. Coach Cal is the one who really has to harness all that is good to keep these guys rolling. The match-up with L’Ville is a must watch, a bitter rivalry between two teams that flat out don’t like each other. With the SEC, the other teams don’t look to have the firepower that the Wildcats have. Upsets are what make college basketball exciting, so don’t be surprised if the Cats drop one later on to Ole Miss or LSU. They win against Louisville though, consider the Cats the champs, they may not lose at all if they beat Pitino and the Cardinals.