NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 27: DeAndre Liggins #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after shooting a three pointer against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second half of the east regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Prudential Center on March 27, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The Kentucky Wildcats hoops team arguably carries more weight in college basketball than any other program in the country.
Their fans are completely and utterly narcissistic (and that’s a compliment, I swear I’m not trolling!!!), their media will chase – literally chase – coaches out of town, and their players are treated like royalty in Lexington. So it doesn’t really seem fitting that the Wildcats take on the name of Cardiac Cats, or something like that, en route to their first Final Four appearance since 2003.
But this go around the heavyweight isn’t necessarily the favorite, downing two higher seeded teams and boasting a roster that doesn’t have nearly the star power of the squad that fell one year ago in the Elite Eight.
With that, you can’t not love this team, and you can’t not laud the coaching of John Calipari during this recent run.
Sure freshman Brandon Knight was the most important player on the floor for Cal, and fellow freshman Terrence Jones was the second most important, but it was the unheralded bit pieces that were huge and a blast to watch this weekend.
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