College career: Fresh off a National Championship, Kentucky saw six of its players drafted into the NBA, four of which were first-round picks. Yet, John Calipari re-tooled, as only he knows how to do, bringing along four top-20 recruits, including the No. 1 rated high school prospect in the country, Nerlens Noel. This marked the fourth straight year in which Calipari's Wildcats were atop the recruiting trail, which had several college basketball buffs marveling at the athleticism and potential of his young squad.

Cue the bright lights of the pristine Barclays Center, as the new look Wildcats were set to tip off against Mark Turgeon's Maryland Terrapins. The stage was set for Turgeon's sophomore center, Alex Len to make a statement against Calipari's latest protégé by taking advantage of his youthfulness to generate some buzz of his own. After scoring the first two points of the game, Noel's offensive looks came few and far between. He scored just one more bucket the entire game while watching Len's brilliance from the sidelines as he was riddled with foul trouble much of the first half. Suffice to say, this wasn't the greatest start to the season for a heralded Kentucky recruit.

But while Len rode this storm for an entire season, it was Noel who shrugged it off and incessantly exhibited growth in each game.

Yet, the turbulent season of Kentucky proved to be too much for the young Wildcats, as the players never developed the cohesion typically associated with Calipari led teams. The remaining constituents to the program's top recruiting class proved to be more hype than substance, as preexisting doubts about their position and arising concerns over Calipari's ability to teach his kids led the team in flux for the duration of the season. Alex Poythress, long known during his high school days for his elite motor, was repeatedly benched for a lack of effort. Archie Goodwin, who Calipari likened to Tyreke Evans prior to season, hijacked the team's offense on a number of occasions with his poor shot selection and frantic drives to the basket. And then there was Ryan Harrow, who succumbed to the pressures of living up to Kentucky's impossibly-high standards of point guard play, wilted at almost any sign of a full court press by the opposition.