As Kentucky players celebrated together two years ago at the New Orleans Superdome while confetti fell from the rafters all around them, John Calipari's one-and-done model seemed to be unassailable.
Two previous freshman-heavy Kentucky teams had narrowly missed delivering Calipari's first national championship. Then on that memorable April night in 2012, a third Wildcats team loaded with highly rated newcomers accomplished that goal, outclassing Kansas in the title game and showing a rare blend of talent and unselfishness in the process.
If back then it appeared Calipari had found a formula to produce a title contender almost every season, the failures of Kentucky's subsequent two teams serve as reminders that winning with freshmen who leave after a year is not as easy as the 2012 team made it look.
Last year's team lacked veteran leadership, lost its center to a February knee injury and crashed out of NCAA tournament contention down the stretch, ultimately suffering the indignity ofRead More »from Kentucky’s recent woes show one-and-done model can be hit or miss.