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John Calipari (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LISTEN: Mike Francesa, Kentucky Coach John Calipari Go At It On The Air

Francesa emphasized that Calipari is a masterful motivator and recruiter. He did say, however, that there are better X’s and O’s coaches in college basketball.

08/21/2014

James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Kentucky Guard James Young

Young scored 20 points for Kentucky last night, twice as many as the next highest-scoring Wildcat, in a 60-54 loss to Connecticut. This was Young’s ninth 20-plus point game and he led Kentucky with 17 in the Final Four win over Wisconsin.

04/08/2014

Head coach Kevin Ollie of the Connecticut Huskies cuts down the net after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Five Things: UConn’s Defense, Foul Shooting Fuel Championship

What kid of tournament was this? Unpredictable and exciting from start to finish. Just look at the UConn Huskies.

04/08/2014

Kentucky's Aaron Harrison (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images), UConn's Shabazz Napier (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

UConn, Kentucky Ready To Battle It Out In Improbable NCAA Title Game

Neither was around in last year’s tourney — Connecticut because of a tournament ban over academic issues; Kentucky because it didn’t make the field. And neither looked like title contenders at times this season.

04/07/2014

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Aaron Harrison #2, Alex Poythress #22 and Andrew Harrison #5. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Kentucky Coach John Calipari Comes Of Age

Calipari embraces the sordid system, uses it, and dominates. He doesn’t pretend he’s taking kids for the leafy campus life, for the diploma that will never arrive, or even for a few classes. He wants talent. And talent he gets. And talented he is.

04/04/2014

John Calipari (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: This And That Around College Basketball

Kentucky coach John Calipari said he feels like he has seven starters with Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Alex Poythress, Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein.

10/03/2013

An exterior view of the Nassau Coliseum (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Jason Kidd, John Calipari Help Trumpet Revived Nassau Coliseum

A news conference morphed into a pep rally Friday, as sports luminaries including Jason Kidd and John Calipari joined elected officials and business leaders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

08/16/2013

John Calipari (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Revised Early Top 25 For The 2013-14 College Basketball Season

Kentucky is back, and in a major way.

05/16/2013

Andrew Wiggins (Photo by Sam Forencich)

Rothstein Files: Breaking Down The 4 Potential Destinations For Andrew Wiggins

We can’t fully project next year’s Top 25 in college basketball because arguably the best player in the sport has still yet to decide on his destination.

05/07/2013

John Calipari (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: An Early Look At The Top 25 For The 2013-14 Season

The empire will bounce back in a major way next season. John Calipari has assembled arguably the greatest recruiting class in the history of college basketball.

04/10/2013

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Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Miami, Otto Porter & More

The Hurricanes haven’t just been good this season — they’ve been dominant.

02/11/2013

Ben Howland (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook

Was it really less than a year ago that an article came out crushing Ben Howland and the UCLA program? Boy how times have changed.

01/14/2013

Mark Turgeon (credit: Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Turgeon, Maryland Ready To Climb ACC Ladder

The first ever college basketball game at the Barclays Center was supposed to be a coronation for the defending national champions. The problem was, no one told Maryland.

01/08/2013

Solomon Hill (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: 68 New Year’s Wishes For College Hoops In 2013

To every athletic director in America: An end to realignment as soon as humanly possible.

01/01/2013

Mark Turgeon (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), John Calipari (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Getting You Set For College Basketball’s Opening Weekend

With Dez Wells, the Terps have all the looks of an NCAA Tournament team and a squad that should present a formidable opening test for Kentucky.

11/09/2012

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