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It is no secret that no matter where University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari goes, the top prospects follow. The best high school players have shaped their careers to accommodate Coach John Calipari, going as far as to change their commitments during his transitory year to the Kentucky Wildcats. Some of the finest athletes in recent college basketball lore have attended John Calipari’s programs at the University of Memphis and the Kentucky Wildcats. As a result, in today’s collegiate sports world where universal corruption in recruiting is such a commonality, Calipari has come under scrutiny. Namely, coaching legend Bob Knight took his brash and stubborn demeanor to Calipari, making his disdain obvious by refusing to name the Kentucky Wildcats. Instead, Knight referred to them as a nameless SEC team. Knight and others have found sly ways to snidely implement that Calipari is utilizing unfair recruiting tactics. Calipari did in fact have to vacate two separate Final ...

Calipari, Wildcats look ahead to Indiana rematch

Kentucky John Calipari claims that he knew a rematch with Indiana was inevitable before the NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed. “He [Tom Crean] and I talked, and I told him ‘you are going to be in our region,’” Calipari said Saturday following the Wildcats’ third-round win over Iowa State at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. “Has nothing to do with match-ups or...

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...

Notebook: Indiana, Kentucky “different” heading into Friday

Tom Crean and John Calipari have talked this week about how the first game between Indiana and Kentucky on Dec. 10 seems like it was a season ago. While the replay of Christian Watford’s game-winning shot still pops up on ESPN commercials, the evolution of both teams since that game suggests Friday’s meeting will feature a pair of vastly improved clubs. “The game was so long...

Kentucky players share the wealth on offense

Every player in Kentucky's seven-man rotation has led the Wildcats in scoring this season. Their balance forces opponents to pick which player to try and stop and who to make beat them. Kentucky coach John Calipari has a pretty good idea what counterpart Tom Crean will try when Indiana (27-8) meets the Wildcats (34-2) on Friday in the South Regional semifinals in Atlanta. ...

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...

Jones rebounds after Kentucky's loss to Indiana

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By COLIN FLY AP Sports Writer Kentucky forward Terrence Jones is playing good basketball heading into Wildcats' rematch with Indiana. The sophomore hit a bit of slump after the subpar performance against the Hoosiers in December. Jones was heavily criticized for his lackluster play after finishing with four points, one rebound and six turnovers in the...

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...

AA Podcast #18 - Ken Fang on NCAA Tournament coverage and more

In the newest AA Podcast, we're joined by Ken Fang of the excellent Fang's Bites to talk about CBS and Turner's NCAA Tournament coverage. With March Madness in full swing, the focus hasn't been on just the on-court action, but on the announcers and studio personalities that bring March Madness to life. We dive in-depth into who has shined thus far, who hasn't...
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