2014 Kentucky Wildcats NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four Championship Ring
The 2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2013–14 college basketball season. The team played its home games in Lexington, Kentucky for the 39th consecutive season at Rupp Arena, with a capacity of 23,500. The team was led by fifth-year head coach John Calipari. This team was nicknamed the "The Tweakables" in reference to Calipari's comment prior to the 2014 SEC Tournament. The team was the National Runner-up in the NCAA Tournament, competing in the school's 16th Final Four. It was Calipari's third Final Four appearance at Kentucky.
Despite the 2012–13 team making the NIT, there were high expectations for this team. The team, however, would be without some of its top players from the 2012-13 team including Nerlens Noel and starting shooting guard Archie Goodwin, who were first-round draft choices in the 2013 NBA Draft. Starting power forward Kyle Wiltjer transferred to Gonzaga and starting point guard Ryan Harrow transferred to Georgia State. Returning was former McDonald's All-American Alex Poythress and starting center Willie Cauley-Stein. The poor success of the 2012-13 team did not stop John Calipari from again producing another number one recruiting class. The entering class included a record six McDonald's All-Americans highlighted by Julius Randle and the Harrison Twins, Aaron and Andrew.
The Wildcats were led by 2014 Consensus All-American and Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year Randle, a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection. James Young (SEC 2nd team) also earned conference honors.
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