SI cover: College Basketball Preview, Kentucky's Alex Poythress
Once again, Kentucky is loaded, filling the roster with nine talented McDonald's All-Americas and prompting sky-high expectations for last season's NCAA tournament runner-up.
Coach John Calipari may be trying to temper expectations in Lexington, but rest assured he expects his team to cut down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis come April, thanks largely to a two-platoon system.
He tested the system this summer when he took his squad to the Bahamas for some exhibition games. Ten players averaged between 18 and 21 minutes of game time in the six contests.
Calipari won't hesitate to increase the minutes of his players as he sees fit, depending on who is producing and who is not. Kentucky will also have a lot of leadership on the floor, led by sophomore guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison, as well as juniors Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein.
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"I know we're going to lose some early games, and there's going to be a lot of grief," Calipari says, adding that he is going to stick with the platoon system for "as long as I can."
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