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If Kentucky Doesn’t Win The National Championship, Should Their Season Be Considered A Failure?

Submitted by on March 21, 2015 – 12:29 pmNo Comment

The Kentucky men’s basketball team has a very, very good chance of winning the NCAA National Championship next month and becoming the first men’s team in more than 30 years to finish a season with an undefeated record. It’s not going to be particularly easy for them to run through the NCAA Tournament unblemished, but they’ve basically been preparing themselves for this moment all season long. They’ve survived a few scares—including an overtime win over Ole Miss at the beginning of their SEC schedule—and endured quite a bit as a team. And as a result, they have a chance to solidify themselves as one of the best college basketball teams of all time in a few weeks. It’s exciting for them and for college hoops fans all over the country.

What if the Wildcats don’t win, though? What if they run into, say, Kansas or Wisconsin or Duke and lose in the tournament and go home empty-handed? Will their entire season be considered a bust—or will it still be a success? Unfortunately, Kentucky has been so dominant through the regular season that their only option right now is to win a title. If they don’t, they’ll still be remembered by many Kentucky fans, and a lot of their players will still go on to enjoy NBA careers. But the fact that they didn’t win an NCAA title will always hang over their heads. It’s going to add a lot of pressure to their run through the NCAA Tournament.

That pressure is either going to break them or help them succeed in the tournament. Either way, it’s going to be fun to see what they’re able to do, and we might actually get to see some history made before the college basketball season ends. We kind of hate that it has to be this way, especially when you consider how hard it is for teams to win six straight games in the tournament. But it’s what makes March Madness so much fun and what will make the Wildcats truly memorable if they’re able to finish their season 40-0.

If they don’t win the NCAA title, do you think the Wildcats should consider their season a failure? Or do you think Kentucky has already proven that they are every bit as dominant as any other team in NCAA history?

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