The road to the national championship has come down to the Final Four in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. So far, the No. 1 overall seed has lived up to its top billing, as the Kentucky Wildcats have dominated in impressive fashion. Now they'll be headed into the Final Four in perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the entire tournament, as they will face their in-state rivals the Louisville Cardinals. Kentucky's key contributors have been showcased in their four wins thus far, giving the national audience a taste of the deep talent the team possesses.
As expected, freshman phenomenon Anthony Davis has lived up to the hype. The forward led the Wildcats in both points and rebounds during the regular season and has not let up in the tournament. He reached double digits in both scoring and rebounds in three of the four games.
Fellow forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has also been invaluable to the team, putting up 24 points and 10 rebounds in their game against the Indiana Hoosiers and dropping another 19 on the Baylor Bears in the regional finals.
Sophomore guard Doron Lamb averaged the second-highest points per game for the Cats during the regular season and has put up 14 points or more in each of their wins, including 21 points against Indiana.
Freshman guard Marquis Teague is another member of the starting five that has continued to be a valuable contributor who had a huge game against the Iowa St. Cyclones, leading all players with 24 points and seven assists. His eight points against Baylor marked the only game in the tournament where Teague did not reach double digits in scoring.
Terrence Jones rounds out the starting five for Kentucky and is another threat to score in bunches at any time. He has only had one game in the tournament with fewer than 10 points and exploded for 22 against Western Kentucky in the Round of 64, which led all scorers in the game.
The Wildcats have used few bench players in the tournament to this point, proving the immense talent that exists in their starting five.