The Kentucky Wildcats begin defense of their NCAA title tonight

Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
and Archie Goodwin – photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

The  Wildcats begin defense of their title against the  Terrapins on Friday night in the Barclays Classic in Brooklyn.

If cuts down the nets again in Atlanta this spring, they will do something that no Division I basketball team has ever done: win back-to-back tournament titles with zero returning starters from the previous season.

History favors the Wildcats to open the 2012-13 season with a win. The last eight defending national champs have won their first game following their title-winning season. The last to lose was Syracuse, which fell to Charlotte in its first game of 2003-04.

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