Good morning, Big Blue Nation.
The debate over whether or not John Calipari should have more titles at Kentucky rages on. John Clay from the Lexington Herald Leader is the latest person to tackle this question and he correctly states that, well, it’s complicated.
The one title that really got away from Cal was the 38-1 season. That was one of the most stacked and talented teams in the history of college basketball. They were better than Wisconsin. They were better than every team in the country. And yet, due to tight playing and coaching down the stretch, they lost to an inferior team.
Many people point to the losses against UConn in the Final Four and in the title game. But those Kentucky teams overachieved in the postseason. Still, I contend that Kevin Ollie’s UConn team wasn’t better than Cal’s team. That Kentucky team upset MUCH better opposition than the Huskies during that magical run.
If Calipari gets another one this season, then hopefully we can put this debate to bed.
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UConn took two titles off Calipari’s plate with very mediocre teams. Running into Kemba in 2011 is one thing. I still, for the life of me, can’t figure out how Kentucky lost the 2014 Final https://t.co/jnBTeVhY4j— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) June 24, 2018
The #BigBlueCaravan continues! @UKCoachCalipari and @KentuckyMBB will be in both Midway and Lexington tomorrow! #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/9oox39IJ4W— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) June 23, 2018
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