But definitely not five.
So by that measuring stick this season's Kentucky team isn't nearly as talented as last season's Kentucky team, and yet I won't be surprised if this season's Kentucky team goes farther than last season's Kentucky team, which is to say all the way to the Final Four. They're young, sure, but they play with a unique level of maturity. Also:
- They're really athletic.
- They can really guard.
- They can really shoot.
John Calipari has had four teams earn No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.
- UMass (1995-96)
- Memphis (2005-06)
- Memphis (2007-08)
- Kentucky (2009-10)
The Wildcats aren't the nation's best 3-point shooting team.
But they're in the top 20.
Kentucky is shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range as a team and has two guards -- Doron Lamb (54.9 percent) and Darius Miller (47.4 percent) -- making about 50 percent of their 3-point attempts; Brandon Knight (38.3 percent) and DeAndre Liggins (36.1 percent) provide two more capable shotmakers. So is this the type of team that's going to miss 88 percent of its 3-point attempts in an important game? No, I don't think it is. And that's why it might be wise to call the Wildcats the SEC favorite and add them to the list of serious Final Four candidates.
They won't have five first first-round draft picks like last season's team.
I assure you of that.
But the less-talented Wildcats might be good enough to play for a national title, regardless.