The old saying goes that hard work beats talent only if talent doesnt work hard.
Kentucky mens basketball coach John Calipari typically has the talent, and often gets it to reach its massive potential.
His roster goes through as much upheaval as any in the country each year, with so many of his players going to the NBA. Hes had 17 players drafted since he took over in 2009-10, with 11 spending only one year with the team.
But the Wildcats relentlessly reload. They have reached the Elite Eight in three of Caliparis four full seasons. This year, Kentucky is ranked No. 3 and has four true freshmen who have started all nine games. They are the teams top four scorers.
Two of the classic mistakes fight a land war in Asia and underestimate Cal with his freshmen, Boise State coach Leon Rice said.
Here is a look at Kentuckys Fab Four going into Tuesdays nonconference matchup between Kentucky (7-2) and Boise State (8-0) at Rupp Arena (7 p.m., ESPN):
JULIUS RANDLE, FORWARD, 6-9, 250
This season: 17.9 points per game, 12.1 rebounds per game.
Recruiting résumé: Rivals.com No. 2 overall recruit in 2013 class, ESPN.com No. 3, Scout.com No. 2.
Rice on Randle: A one-man wrecking crew. Hes got this tremendous size, but hes so skilled, such a great mentality scoring, rebounding.
Scouting report: Rice said defending Randle will be a team effort. Senior Ryan Watkins wont often be tasked with trying to slow Randle down one-on-one, as hell get plenty of help. Randle has a team-high 31 turnovers and is taking only 10.6 shots per game despite his dominant presence.
AARON HARRISON, GUARD, 6-6, 218
This season: 13.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Recruiting résumé: Rivals.com No. 7 overall recruit in 2013 class, ESPN.com No. 9, Scout.com No. 6.
Rice on Harrison: Incredible athlete, slasher, hes got incredible range to the NBA (3-point) line.
Scouting report: Harrison has shown flashes of being a strong defender, which at 6-6 will help him guard most Broncos. Boise State will want to not slack off on Harrison, as he can shoot from the perimeter or drive the lane, score or dish to Randle.
JAMES YOUNG, GUARD, 6-6, 215
This season: 13.1 ppg, team-high 20 3-pointers
Recruiting résumé: Rivals.com No. 11 overall recruit in 2013 class, ESPN.com No. 8, Scout.com. No. 11.
Rice on Young: A great shooter, great athlete, yet another All-American.
Scouting report: Big and speedy, Young will look to get ahead of the defense, but the Broncos have been strong in transition. He is a good 3-pointer shooter, but hes only shooting 63 percent from the free-throw line. His defense has been hit and miss.
ANDREW HARRISON, GUARD, 6-6, 215
This season: 10.0 ppg, 3.7 apg
Recruiting résumé: Rivals.com No. 5 overall recruit in 2013 class, ESPN.com No. 5, Scout.com: No. 5
Rice on Harrison: Super fast, big playmaker.
Scouting report: The latest in a long list of great, young point guards, Harrison has struggled with consistency more than his twin brother as he learns the position. He has been foul-prone, with a team-high 32, so look for the likes of Boise States Derrick Marks to try and drive on him.
Dave Southorn: 377-6420, Twitter: @IDS_southorn