Here’s why Kentucky can win the national championship

In Features by Blake Lovell

The frontcourt has been Kentucky’s biggest question mark all season. It was far from a question mark in the Wildcats’ 85-57 destruction of Stony Brook on Thursday.

John Calipari got big-time production from his bigs, which is what Kentucky needed after a slow start from Jamal Murray.

Skal Labissiere started off with a vengeance and finished with six blocks to go along with 12 points. Alex Poythress continued his ascent back up the ladder in adding 12 points of his own. And Derrick Willis and Marcus Lee chipped in 15 combined points off the bench.

When Kentucky gets that, Kentucky is gonna beat a lot of teams.

The production around Murray and Tyler Ulis has been the biggest concern. It’s how the Wildcats lost unexplainable road games to Auburn and Tennessee this year.

But when Kentucky gets what it got out of its big four against the Seawolves? Unstoppable.

Next up is Indiana. This game should’ve never happened in the second round, as Calipari’s squad had no business being a 4-seed. They’re better than that, so are the Hoosiers to be honest.

However, I can’t see Kentucky being stopped by Indiana – or anyone else – if the frontcourt dominates like it did did in round one.

Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.