It goes without saying that Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga, and San Diego State have established themselves as the clearcut favorites to cut down the nets this season.
However, college basketball pundits are criminally underrating the Kentucky Wildcats, who are quietly composing a top shelf resume. John Calipari's side improved to 22-5 on the year after taking care of business at Rupp Arena against Florida on Saturday.
Drink the Kool-Aid, folks. Here are a few reasons why Kentucky will return to college basketball glory in 2020.
3. The Wildcats Are Already Battle-Tested
Kentucky has already been involved in eight games decided by six points or less this season, and there's still three weeks of action before the bracket is released. This will absolutely work in favor of the Wildcats once the tournament gets underway. Calipari's side may be young, but their rollercoaster of a campaign has cultivated them beyond belief, and that will be one of the factors that sparks Kentucky to a championship.
2. Guard Talent
Ever hear Seth Greenberg or Jay Bilas tirelessly preach about the importance of guard play in March? Well, that's because it's true. Backcourts reign supreme in the NCAA Tournament and Kentucky might just have the deepest assortment of guards in the pool. Having the likes of Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, and Ashton Hagans on the same team is seriously unfair. You better believe that they'll shine bright in March.
1. Sheer Depth
As previously stated, Kentucky boasts a tremendous backcourt collection of Maxey, Quickley, and Hagans. However, the Wildcats go much deeper than those players. From standout freshmen Nick Richards and Keion Brooks, to Bucknell transfer Nate Sestina, Calipari's roster oozes talent that can handle the burden if the backcourt is struggling to produce and facilitate.