March Madness Debate: Kentucky proves talent beats experience, but can it take them all the way?

By Kenneth Brown ( | Mar 25, 2014 07:21 PM EDT
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People, especially NCAA fans, are quick to criticize young basketball players. They're in awe of young talents like Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, but it seems like some fans want them to fail, so they can ridicule their one-and-done policy, before declaring for the NBA draft. With Parker and Wiggins both suffering from heartbreaking March Madness eliminations, fans have stood proud, but they're forgetting something. John Calipari's Kentucky are doing what the others failed to do, winning with first-year players.

Calipari's freshmen are doing what many said they weren't able to do. When they faced the experienced Wichita State, many said they had little to no chance, but they grabbed the 78-76 victory, proving that you can win with the inexperienced kids. James Young, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Julius Randle all have one thing in common, they're all freshman, and they're now all doing what Parker and Wiggins couldn't, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

Syracuse's Tyler Ennis also suffered an early exit, although he performed admirably. Kentucky's youthful team, and Arizona's Aaron Gordon are the only elite underclassmen remaining, and they're proving that talent can trump experience.

Kansas Jayhawks' coach Bill Self had his say, stating "You're a sophomore by the time conference play starts with all of the things that these guys have experienced before getting to school, So I do think talent will trump experience in a lot of ways, but certainly experience can play havoc on young talent. But I think at this point in time freshmen should be able to handle it."

It seems that Kentucky are proving that experience isn't everything, and many are now wondering just how far these inexperienced kids can go in the NCAA tournament.

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