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.
The NCAA’s decision to allow Dez Wells to play this season for Maryland immediately changes the landscape of the entire ACC.
The baby-faced Memphis coach is sometimes more like the self-help section of a Barnes & Noble than he is a drill sergeant ready to wreak havoc with a whistle around his neck.
There’s a lot of molding to do with this team, and that’s just the kind of challenge Calipari relishes. He’ll have them playing their best basketball when it matters most — in March.