What if? Pt IV (Kentucky Basketball) (2013)

Guess who’s back! Been away for a bit with some “family time”, crazy things going on in the world and a lot of changes have occurred, but one that hasn’t changed… Our UK Basketball “alternate history”

UK Basketball ‘What If’ Part IV (2013):

To recap, we enter 2012-13 season, fresh off three straight national titles. We enter the season with another great class, have sophomore Teague and new transfer Ryan Harris running point and Junior Doron Lamb with 5 star freshman Archie Goodwin round out our back court. Our front court appears a bit thin, with Poythress on the wing, Wiltjer our power forward and two freshman playing the center position: under recruited Willie Caulie and 5 star stud Andre Drummond (If you recall, there was rumors that Drummond would go to a prep school over UConn and then come to UK the next year, we are going with that timeline and Noel stays in the 2013 class):

The season didn’t go quiet as planned at the beginning. Teague battled a foot injury early in the season leading to some ugly losses vs Notre Dame and Baylor. As we entered conference play, Harrow had to step away from the team for a few weeks and as it looked as if we were gaining some momentum, Drummond sprains his ACL vs Florida.

After finishing the regular season 20-11, there wasn’t too many happy fans, even after 3 straight titles, there were still some asking if Cal was the right guy. Going into the SEC tournament, Drummond and Teague were both cleared to go 100%. Kentucky started the tournament off with a comeback win over Vandy and revenge victory vs Ole Miss. UK would come up short in the SEC title game versus Florida.

Photo of Kyle Wiltjer; courtesy Bleacher Report

Even with 12 losses, Kentucky was given the 12 seed in the West Region.

Round 1: Wisconsin (5 seed)

Kentucky would start the tournament as an underdog vs the very discipline Badgers. However, Drummonds size inside was too much for any one they had. Kentucky: 57

Wisconsin: 46

Round 2: LaSalle (13 seed)

With LaSalle upsetting KState, it set up a 12 v 13 matchup, but the score wasn’t even close. Kentucky was better at every position.

Kentucky: 76

LaSalle: 54

Sweet 16: Wichita St (9 seed)

The upsets kept coming in the West. However, the Shockers was a formidable foe. A tie game with 30 sec left, it took a big rebound and key free throws by Lamb to secure a win

Kentucky: 78

Wichita St: 75

Elite 8: Ohio St (2 seed)

Kentucky’s Elite 8 matchup was its toughest to that point. Ohio St had battled through the tough Big 10 and had a senior led team, that helped them get a early lead. The Buckeyes held that lead until late in the game when Poythress got hot. The freshman had experienced a very up and down season, but this was his game, scoring 24 points with a triple double. Poythress down the stretch couldn’t be stopped and allowed UK to secure its 4th Final Four.

Kentucky: 72

Ohio St: 68

Final Four: Louisville (1 seed)

Louisville entered the tournament as the best overall seed and had snuck away with a win over UK at the Yum Center. This round was different, it was back and fourth until the final 10 seconds until Wiltjer hit a 3 to win.

Kentucky: 80

Louisville: 77

Championship Game: Michigan (4 seed)

Battle of the Point Guards: Trey Burke vs Marquis Teague. Both had amazing games but it was the bigs on Kentucky that was the difference makers.

Kentucky: 69

Michigan: 65

Teague, Lamb, Goodwin, Drummond all entered the NBA Draft and Ryan Harrow transferred time Georgia State.

Andre Drummond: Cleveland Cavaliers (#1)

Marquis Teague: Philadelphia 76ers (#11)

Doron Lamb: New York Knicks (#24)

Archie Goodwin: Oklahoma City Thunder (#29)

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