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John Calipari “in a better frame of mind” with this team more than 34-0 squad

Say whaaaaaaaat?

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

John Calipari isn’t afraid to voice his thoughts.

That was clear Monday when he had one of the crazier statements made during his time in Lexington, stating that he felt better about this 26-5 UK team than he did of his 2014-15 team that entered the NCAA Tournament with a 34-0 record.

And the rest of the Big Blue Nation after hearing that:

The only thing I can think of that would make Calipari actually feel better about this team than the one that ended up going 38-1 is that there are no elite teams this year, whereas there were 4-6 of those in 2014-15.

One of those was Wisconsin, who ultimately knocked off the Cats, but this year, there’s no team that measures up to that Badgers squad.

Heck, I’d put that 2014-15 season’s Wisconsin, Duke, Arizona, Virginia, Notre Dame and Gonzaga team ahead of anyone this season. This just isn’t a good year for elite teams, so maybe Calipari just isn’t afraid of anyone right now like he was that year when he saw teams like Notre Dame, Duke and Wisconsin standing between them and a national title.

There’s no question this Kentucky team isn’t as good as that 2014-15 squad was, but this team won’t face nearly as daunting of a path to the title as that 38-win team did. That’s about the only way I can explain what Calipari just said, or he’s been hanging out with Rick Pitino too much.