Last year Louisville's in-state rival won a national championship with a roster built around one and done prospects and underclassmen. A different type roster, however, has Louisville on the brink of winning a national championship this year.
Wayne Blackshear is one of three McDonald's All-Americans on Louisville's roster.
Louisville does have three former McDonald's All Americans - Payton Siva, Chane Behannan and Wayne Blackshear - on its roster, but the highest ranked of those three according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index was Chane Behanan at No. 24. Blackshear was ranked No. 26 and Siva was ranked No. 27.
So that leaves only one player on the roster ranked in the top 25 coming out of high school. No top 10 prospects. Not even a top 20 ranked prospect.
In contrast, Kentucky's national championship team from last year had a No. 1, No. 3, No. 7, No. 11, No. 19, No. 26 and a No. 36 ranked prospect as its top seven players.
More astonishing is that Louisville's top scorer, and arguably top player, Russ Smith was not even a top 100 prospect.
Top NBA prospect on Louisville and leading rebounder, Gorgui Dieng was ranked No. 69 when he came to Louisville.
Recently injured reserve guard Kevin Ware entered Louisville with a No. 74 rankings while other reserves had the following rankings: Luke Hancock (not ranked in top 100), Montrezl Harrell (No. 85), Stephan Van Treese (not ranked in top 100) and Zach Price (No. 58).
Last year there was enough talent on Kentucky's roster to overcome a lack of experience. The top seven players included four freshmen, two sophomores and one senior.
Rick Pitino has a different winning formula this year. Louisville's top 10 players are comprised of one senior, four juniors, four sophomores and just one freshman.