That said, their dominance, predicated on suffocating defense and incredible length at all positions, highlights the sports greatest shortcoming as much, if not more than its greatest teams biggest strength.
According to a Sports Illustrated piece by the brilliant Seth Davis, through the games played on February 22nd, teams were averaging a despicable 67.1 points per game, which is the lowest since 1952! Furthermore, this is not a recent phenomenon, the article, which can be read in its entirety here, goes on to state that offensive output in college basketball has declined 13-times and gone up only twice year-over-year since 2000. Put into context that means that a sophomore in high school who has grown up a sports fan has known nothing but a game that has gotten slower and slower year-after-year for his entire life, while the world around him go faster and faster.
This brings us to the Wildcats, and why it is incredibly likely they will cut down the nets in Indy. Aside from the fact that they are clearly the best team, the style in which they play coupled with the offensive dearth present around the country creates the type of perfect storm that an astute prognosticator would find hard to pick against. This is bore out in the latest futures line as reported here by CBS Sports. Kentucky is listed at 5/6 to win the national title. The second best odds of the final four are given to Duke at a distant 7/2!
Despite the overarching offensive woes of the college game, should the Wildcats finish it off and win the title with a 40-0 record, they will not only become the first team since 1976 to win a national title in an undefeated season, but they will also become the first team in history men's or women's to go 40-0. They have already set the undefeated win total in the men's game at their current mark of 38-0.
Kentucky also features the most likely #1 overall pick in this upcoming NBA draft, (Karl-Anthony Towns) and what may be the best defensive player the college game has seen in a long time, Willie Cauley-Stein. Pair those two dynamic frontcourt players with the Harrison twins, and a host of other athletic, rangy two-way players and you begin to understand why this team has been so successful.
So the question becomes, where does Kentucky rank among the pantheon of the greatest teams in the history of college basketball? Do they have to go 40-0 to earn entry into that club? Or perhaps have they already done so?
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