Kentucky head coach John Calipari has had a tremendous career, one that is sure to see more greatness before it is finally over. To win the national title last season, lose his entire starting five, a come back with another competitive group this year goes to show the quality of his coaching and his recruiting.
Especially his recruiting.
Recruits paid off last year in the form of the best player in the nation, Nerlens Noel, the 6-foot 10-inch center from the Tilton School in New Hampshire. A sure fire NBA lottery pick if high school players could still be drafted, Noel was a metaphorical Christmas present for Calipari. With him he was assured that his team would be competitive before he knew who the rest of his starting five would be.
But now he has lost him. Darn those knees for needing functioning ACLs!
And now his team is in utter turmoil.
In the team's first game without Noel they had a soft opponent in Tennessee; they should still have been able to win with the...