Ten reasons why Kentucky could easily cut down the nets in San Antonio April 5 after winning the national championship.
1. Tubby, Tubby, Tubby.
Coach Tubby Smith is 23-9 in NCAA Tournament play and his 71.9 winning percentage ranks as the fifth-best among active coaches. His 10 straight NCAA tourney appearances is the fourth-best mark among active coaches.
Want more? Smith is one of only six coaches who have taken three different teams to the Sweet Sixteen. He's also 16-6 in overtime games during his career and he's 31-19 at Kentucky in games decided by five points or less, including a perfect 7-0 this season.
2. Cliff Hawkins.
The senior point guard is playing his most consistent basketball. He's seventh on UK's all-time assists list and third on the career steals chart while on pace to break Wayne Turner's single-season steals record. He's also been making shots, which makes the Cats almost unbeatable.