And there were no guarantees it would in the final weeks of the 2013-14 season, either. But it did. Now, we see the unbridled Kentucky, every bit the monster we assumed it could be when Calipari assembled this class nearly a year ago.
This season's drama made it easy to forget about Kentucky's potential and focus on its flaws. It made it easy to talk about freshmen and inexperience and immaturity. It made it easy to forget how much gunpowder the Wildcats possessed and the blast we might see if the fuse ever caught fire.
The flames from this group tore down Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan. Kentucky, finally, is who we thought they were: a team with unrivaled athleticism, skill, size and ability. But now the Wildcats have the other ingredients that bring that entire thing together.
Like good food. They just needed some time to cook.