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An Early College Basketball Top 25 for 2014-15

Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats top our revised rankings after the draft deadline
An Early College Basketball Top 25 for 2014-15

The NBA draft early entry deadline has come and gone for college players. The last major recruit has picked his school. Transfers are starting to settle.

In other words, teams are starting to have a better idea of their rosters for 2014-15.

3 Ways Kentucky's Roster Will Scare Opponents, and 3 Ways the Roster Scares Kentucky

The Harrisons' return keeps expectations sky high in Lexington
3 Reasons Why the Kentucky Wildcats Will be No. 1, and Why it Could Go Wrong

As usual, Kentucky will have talent, and Kentucky will have guards.

Now, Kentucky will have experience.

On Friday, Andrew and Aaron Harrison announced they would return to Kentucky for their sophomore seasons, meaning only Julius Randle and James Young will head to the NBA Draft from a team that reached the national title game.

Athlon Sports Interview: Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl

Athlon Sports sat down with Bruce Pearl to discuss his return, Auburn's potential and his challenges
Athlon Sports Interview: Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl

On Saturday, the state of Alabama will celebrate perhaps its favorite sport second only to college football — spring football. Even on A-Day at Auburn, the Tigers have reason for optimism beyond the team that reached the BCS Championship Game in January.

Potential candidates to replace Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee

The Volunteers are in the hunt for another basketball coach. Here are some contenders
Potential candidates to replace Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee

Stop if you’ve heard this before: Tennessee is looking for a high-profile coach. Since 2008, the Volunteers have needed to hire seven football and men’s basketball coaches.

And that doesn’t count the retirement of legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. Bruce Pearl, now the head coach at Auburn, is the only men’s coach since 1989 to last more than five seasons.

Final Four Recap: Kentucky Continues Dramatics into Title Game

Another late shot sends Wildcats to title game against UConn
Final Four Recap: Kentucky Continues Dramatics into Title Game

Let’s take a moment and be thankful this season didn’t turn out for Kentucky the way many predicted.

How boring would all this be if Kentucky were a top seed, a team whose trip to the national championship game felt like a formality?

Instead, Kentucky has given the NCAA Tournament one of the most thrilling runs in NCAA Tournament history. Five games decided by seven points or fewer, the last three on late 3-pointers by Aaron Harrison.

Final Four Preview and Picks: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky in an underdog role? No way.
Final Four Preview and Picks: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky may be the best-positioned No. 8 seed to play for a national title, but 1985 Villanova Big Blue Nation is not.

Rollie Massimino’s 1985 Villanova team is the lowest-seeded program to win the national title, a feat Kentucky can match if the Wildcats can beat Wisconsin and then win Monday night.

Final Four Preview and Picks: Florida Gators vs. UConn Huskies

Gators seeking to avenge loss to Huskies to reach title game
Final Four Preview and Picks: Florida Gators vs. UConn Huskies

Not many teams can say they’ve defeated every team on their schedule.

If Florida make it to Monday night (and so does Wisconsin), the Gators can say they’ve answered all comers even if they've lost twice this season.

In an odd turn of events, the only two teams that defeated Florida during the course of the season, Wisconsin and Connecticut, are in the Final Four. The third team, Kentucky, is one Florida has faced three times the year. Beat UConn and Wisconsin, and Florida can say it defeated everyone on its schedule at least once.

Scouting the Final Four: Opposing Coaches Break Down the Championship Weekend

Opposing coaches offered their insight on Florida, UConn, Wisconsin and Kentucky
Scouting the Final Four: Opposing Coaches Break Down the Championship Weekend

Coaches in the Final Four by now have completed the scouting process and are starting to implement the game plans they hope will lead to a national championship. If you’re wondering what the coaches are seeing, Athlon Sports hopes to offer some insight. We spoke to coaches who compiled scouting reports for teams that faced the Final Four teams either during the NCAA Tournament or during the season. In exchange for more candor, we quoted the coaches anonymously.

How the 2014 Final Four Teams were Built

The makeup of John Calipari's roster stands apart from the other three
How the 2014 Final Four Teams were Built

The freshman class will be present and accounted for in the Final Four, even if it’s not in the way anyone would have predicted.

The high school graduating class of 2013 will have more players in Dallas than any other class, but their roles will vary wildly.

Of the 13 freshmen in the Final Four, seven are from Kentucky. Five of those are playing major minutes. The other freshmen, whether three-star rookies for Wisconsin or McDonald’s All-Americans for Florida, are playing supporting roles.

Aaron Harrison's game-winning shot sends Kentucky Wildcats to Final Four

Big Blue Nation in the Final Four for third time in four years
Aaron Harrison's game-winner sends Kentucky Wildcats to Final Four

Nothing has come easy for Kentucky this season, especially not in the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday featured another Wildcats Tournament game, another thrilling finish.

Aaron Harrison’s game-winning 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds sent Kentucky to the Final Four with a 75-72 win over Michigan. Despite slipping to the NIT last season Kentucky has played in the Final Four in three of the last four seasons, including the 2012 national title.

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