Looking at all the other teams that went deep in the tournament (Elite 8 or beyond), we saw 8-man rotations and sometimes less. As great as Kentucky was in the regular season, might they have been better off when playing against the best of the best in a high-pressure tournament to have 8 core guys who were used to a certain rotation pattern, who the "go to" guys were, and who would be on the court in crunch time? On the other side, I think you could argue that a shortening of the Kentucky rotation due to injury is what made them vulnerable. If Alex Poythress hadn't gone down with the knee injury this year then Cal would have had that versatile 6'8" NBA small forward type in his lineup. That actually seemed be what the team was missing when I watched them. They looked like a collection of centers and combo guards (with one pure PG type in Ulis). Too much talent for their own good?