Knight is more important to this team than any other player, that is pretty obvious.
I just wholly disagree with the contention that Knight has to have a great game every game for us to have a chance to win. That is pretty ridiculous, IMO, considering the amount of talent this squad possesses.
Put it this way. It would very very difficult for them to win many games at all if he would go down with a serious injury. I don't see anyone who could pick up the slack with scoring or running the point. Maybe I would be proven wrong. I hope we never have to find out.
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Lamb and Miller (as point forward) will both be more than adequate back-ups for Knight.
Lamb and Miller give us better/more skilled back-up point guard/forward options than MOST other teams.
Again, this team, top to bottom, is much more talented than you give them credit for. And I'm still not sure if you've taken the time to look at the rest of college basketball. This team isn't competing against last year's UK team, they're competing against the rest of the field of THIS year's college basketball landscape. And, again, that landscape is WIDE OPEN.
What happens to Duke if Singler gets hurt?
To UNC if Harrison gets banged up?
To any team if their number one option gets injured?
You can ding UK for a few things right now (lack of rebounding/ defense among the bigs, lack of effort or poor basketball IQ among youngsters, youth in general), but the depth isn't horrid.
You've got three guards (Knight, Lamb, Liggins) good enough to play 20+ minutes per night, two others that can slide to guard (Miller, Hood) for a few minutes, and two more (Poole and Polson) that are true depth.
In the frontcourt, you've got two centers (Vargas and Harrellson) with another possible one coming. At power forward, you've got Miller and Jones, with both Vargas and Harrellson able to play there (along with Hood if they want to go small). At small forward, there are no less than six options (Miller, Jones, Hood, Liggins, Poole, Lamb).
Now, if one or two of those guys get hurt, sure, there are problems. But Calipari has had lots of experience playing with few good guys (a la UMass in 1995/96 and Memphis for his first five years at least).
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Carolina: Would still have 5 guys back who averaged 8 ppg or better last year.
I'm not sure I'd go as far as saying they have "no chance" if Knight gets hurt, but it's safe to say they have a lot more "unknowns" than any of the other "contenders." This is true, with or without Knight.
Of course, the same thing could be said last year.
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When all is said and done more is said than done.
LOL it's all good, you failed to mention who I think is now their clear-cut best player anyway, Kyrie Irving.
Duke is gonna be REALLY GOOD.
If we get our Enes freed we can play with them come March, IMO, but we need our Enes!!!
But pretty much like you said, its Duke and everybody else.
Something that has constantly worried me about Calipari coached teams however is the fact that his teams both at UMass, Memphis, and his first year at Kentucky typically bow out a round earlier than they should.
In February 2010, Pat Forde, writer of a regular college sports column called "Forde Minutes" for ESPN.com, vividly recalled the 1992 team:
“ Calipari's greatest strength as a coach is his ability to create teams that play together. His 1992 Massachusetts team remains one of the most overachieving units The Minutes has ever seen, featuring a shooting guard with range so limited he made one 3-pointer all season (Jim McCoy), a 6-foot-3 power forward (Will Herndon), and a left-handed center who stood all of 6-7 (Harper Williams). Somehow, that collection of marginal talent went 30-5 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.