Posted March 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
Ncaa_basketball_tournament_54fe
John Calipari is having a ball. Well, except for movie night. The coach of top-seeded Kentucky has avoided watching other games during the NCAA tournament, and he wants his players to do the same. His message: Focus on us and don't worry about other teams. So far, it's working just fine. The Wildcats (35-2) are one win away from a return trip to the Final Four. They'll face Baylor (30-7) in the South Regional final Sunday. Calipari knows he's got an extremely talented group, and he's having a great time coaching them. When on the road, the Wildcats usually head to the movies, so they're not stuck in the hotel room watching other games. After arriving in Atlanta, they went to see ''21 Jump Street.'' Calipari's assessment: ''Awful.''
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Kentucky Looking for Long NCAA Tournament Run, But NBA Success Is Right Around Corner for Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats are a very good college basketball team. In fact, they're so good, that John Calipari's bunch has talent that some may think is already NBA-ready. Because of that, there is plenty of reason to believe that some UK players -- freshmen even -- will make the jump to the NBA following the college season. That's the way Kentucky continues to business...

John Calipari isn’t a fan of the ’21 Jump Street’ movie

John Calipari knows he isn’t a movie critic but when he was asked on Saturday to give an opinion on a movie he saw with his team on Thursday, he gave his honest opinion: it was “awful.” The culprit the evidently stunk up the movie theater? “21 Jump Street,” the Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum big screen comedy adaptation of the late 80′s, early 90′s network TV show. While...

Reality time for Pitino and Calipari as Louisville vs. Kentucky showdown looms

After a couple of days of exhilaration and disbelief, reality is setting in.If one is honest, the odds of the University of Louisville winning another national championship are outweighed only by the odds UofL has already overcoming in reaching the Final Four.Louisville has had to continue grinding games out, plodding along with an consistent offense in which some players seem to...

Calipari: It ‘wasn’t a buzzer-beater game’

Whenever December’s Indiana- Kentucky game comes up, everybody talks about Christian Watford’s buzzer-beating shot. It was the way the game ended, and it’s only natural to remember what happened last. Plus, ESPN has shown the replay of the shot countless times ever since, making it nearly impossible for anyone to forget it. The Wildcats certainly haven’t. “We see it a lot...

'Some things never cease to amaze me ...'

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Welcome to BracketRacket, your one-stop shopping for all things NCAA on tournament game days. We'll have what our first guest ordered: the presidential breakfast. --- Lots of people have a beef with John Calipari. Some don't like the Kentucky coach just because he wins too much, others because he wins too much AND...

Kentucky’s free throws prove to be the difference

When Indiana upset then-No. 1 Kentucky at Assembly Hall on Dec.10, Wildcats coach John Calipari pointed to his team’s missed free throws as a reason for their loss. Kentucky made only 10-of-17 shots from the charity stripe that day, while the Hoosiers missed only three of their 17 attempts. Friday night’s Sweet 16 rematch was a different story. No. 1 seed Kentucky made a blistering...

Baylor-Kentucky Preview

John Calipari is having a ball coaching Kentucky. Well, except for movie night. Calipari has avoided watching other games during the NCAA tournament, and he wants his players to do the same. His message: Focus on us and don't worry about everyone else. To drive that point home, the top-seeded Wildcats usually head to the movies when they're on the road, so they're...

Kentucky returns to the Final Four for the 2nd year in a row

It looked like Baylor was going to give Kentucky all that it could handle 4 minutes into the game with 10-5 lead following at Quincy Miller’s three-point shot, but John Calipari called a timeout and implored his players to play their game and dominate. That is exactly what the Wildcats did as they ripped off an impressive 16-0 run and did not look back the rest of the way, closing...

NCAA Tournament Day 10 Features Kentucky, North Carolina Battling for Final Four Apperances

Two teams made their way to the Final Four on Saturday night, and two more will join them as the last two Elite Eight games take place Sunday afternoon. Three teams in action on Sunday are hoping to continue their long lasting legacies of excellence, while one program is trying to take the next step to win their first ever National Championship. Here are the games to look out for...

Pitino, Cal talk Showdown

Rick Pitino and John Calipari discussed Saturday's Final Four match up between Louisville and Kentucky Monday afternoon during the Final Four coaches teleconference. What did the two coaches say about preparing for the epic showdown in New Orleans? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

No lack of tradition in this regional semifinal

At Kentucky, the bar is set a lot higher than most places. National championship or bust. On Friday night, the Wildcats will be matched in an NCAA regional semifinal against one of the few college basketball programs that can give them a run when it comes to passion and tradition. Kentucky has Adolph Rupp. Indiana counters with Bob Knight. Few fans get as worked up about the game...

Beware: Kentucky Basketball Is A Dynasty In The Making

It’s not often I can tell you exactly where I was one year ago on this day. But in the case of today- the Monday after the Elite Eight and prior to the Final Four- I can. At this time, on this day last year, I was putting the finishing touches on my article “It’s Kentucky’s Turn To Celebrate,” my appreciation of the Kentucky Wildcats, and the program’s first trip to the...

More Kentucky Wildcats tourney wins=more emphasis on one-and-done prospects

There aren’t many songs about Kentucky. However, Elvis (Presley, not Costello, Grbac or Dumervil) did sing about “the cold Kentucky rain.” But with the way Kentucky’s college basketball team whipped Baylor today, and how convincing they look as the favorite to cut down the nets in New Orleans, and it’ll be “Kentucky reign.” And Kentucky reign is based on John Calipari...

Indiana-Kentucky Preview

At Kentucky, the bar is set a lot higher than most places. National championship or bust. ''It's Kentucky,'' coach John Calipari said. ''Do you expect anything else?'' On Friday night, the Wildcats will be matched against one of the few college basketball programs that can give them a run for passion and tradition. If Kentucky brings up Adolph...
Wildcats News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.