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.
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.
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.
The Hurricanes haven’t just been good this season — they’ve been dominant.
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.
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.
To every athletic director in America: An end to realignment as soon as humanly possible.
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.