Well, this is a tricky, sticky little wrinkle in time that Kentucky’s basketball team and its coach, John Calipari, find themselves in. The Wildcats lost all five starters from last season’s national title team. They have a recruiting class coming in next season that has been hailed as the best in college basketball history. But right here and right now, Kentucky’s latest heralded and highly talented group of freshmen who were expected to pillage every college basketball town and village they visit — then swiftly move along to the NBA, same as their predecessors — have begun to hear that they will be the first of Calipari’s four Wildcat teams to drop the baton.
This Kentucky squad is a pedestrian 12-5, unranked and still being talked about as a NCAA tournament bubble team though we’re nearly into February. This team is not only absent from the Top 25 rankings — it didn’t receive a solitary vote in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls this week.