There are many dominating programs in college basketball. Teams like UNC, Duke, UCLA, Louisville and Kentucky come to mind when thinking of successful basketball programs. Usually we associate these programs as champions in the NCAA tournament. But for Kentucky this season, there under-achieved program failed to make the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky, is known for it’s undeniable talent. Their program produces many “one and done players.” Their coach, John Calipari is well known for recruiting exceptional players. Most of his players are indeed the top prospects in the nation. But this year was a different story for Calipari and his Wildcats. Not only did they fail to make the NCAA Tournament, but were beaten yesterday in the 1st round of the NIT by the Robert Morris.
Kentucky, who won the NCAA Championship, last year, was defeated in the last seconds by Robert Morris. The Wildcats, who were a one seed in the NIT tournament, were sent home by Robert Morris after missing a three pointer in the closing seconds. Coach Calipari was very disappointed in his team’s performance and overall season.
Although coach Calipari had a disappointing season, he has a lot to look forward to next year. The Kentucky Wildcats have 5 of the Top 11 recruits in the country joining their basketball program next season. The Harrison twins, who are the best guards in the nation, will be excellent skill players in the backcourt. To compliment them will be small forward James Young and Center Dakari Johnson. This team reminds coach of his former team that won the championship last season. With immense talent, at all positions, he expects to dominate the NCAA.
The Wildcats also bounced back from their loss yesterday this afternoon when Julius Randle verbally committed to Kentucky. Randle is the #3 ranked player in the nation. Although the program had a sub-par season, there is a bright future ahead. The Wildcats will be stacked next year. With this great class comes high expectations. Coach Calipari knows how to handle this, so don’t be surprised if we see Kentucky on top of the throne once again next year.