Kentucky basketball is clearly a dynasty. It’s a hybrid empire, with mutating parts every year plugged in by the program’s only monolith: John Calipari.
Take away the sluggish start and ragged finish, and the Wildcats opened the NCAA Tournament just the way they wanted against 16th-seeded Hampton.
Kentucky (34-0) is the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament, but Brown is convinced that John Calipari’s squad would make serious noise in the Association.
Should you commit a foul and let the offense shoot two free throws, hoping to avoid the possibility of a tying 3-pointer? Or should you simply play defense and try to prevent any good looks from beyond the arc?
The Pirates enter their matchup with 34-0 Kentucky in Thursday night’s game as heavy underdogs — but they’re playing with house money. They weren’t even expected to be here.
Phil Jackson is paying attention to Kentucky basketball, and you should be, too.
Vision is pretty important in sports. Hand-eye coordination and stuff. Which is why these six athletes — OK, five and a coach — need to get to the optometrist ASAP.
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.
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.
What kid of tournament was this? Unpredictable and exciting from start to finish. Just look at the UConn Huskies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kentucky is back, and in a major way.