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Kentucky 5 Deserve Praise, Not Scorn

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They made the announcement together, which certainly was fitting, and it was at their insistence. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague officially left NCAA basketball behind Tuesday evening, but, unofficially, they never will leave Kentucky.

In just seven months, they forged themselves into a team for the ages and, more to the point, for this age.

Their collective departure for the NBA Draft will not be universally appreciated, however, and that is the one great tragedy of the 2011-12 Kentucky basketball season. There wasn’t much these Wildcats left undone: They tied the Division I record with 38 victories in a season, won the SEC regular-season title, reached the Final Four, won the NCAA title.

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