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John Calipari and Willie Cauley-Stein semifinalists for Naismith Awards

Undefeated through 30 games and ranked No. 1 in the country from the beginning of the season, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has semifinalists on the lists for both the Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year and the Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year. Junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein is one of 10 […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

UMass to retire jersey in honor of John Calipari

The University of Massachusetts’ men’s basketball program announced Wednesday evening it will be honoring former coach John Calipari with a retired jersey.  Calipari, 56, coached at UMass from 1988-96, leading the Minutemen to the Final Four in 1996. The team’s Final Four appearance was later revoked from the record books when it was discovered that star center Marcus Camby...
Via College Spun
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Calipari: Kentucky Will Approach SEC Tournament with “Sense of Urgency”

To say that John Calipari has in the past been disenchanted with the SEC Tournament would likely be an understatement. Following Kentucky’s win over Georgia on Tuesday, Calipari mentioned that he was ready for the regular season to be over with. When asked if he would also be willing to fast forward through the SEC […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Miller's 'hardest year in coaching' turning out pretty well at Dayton

When we’re looking at who should be honored as college basketball coach of the year, a few obvious names come to mind. Like John Calipari, who has masterfully melded his collection of big talents and big personalities and has Kentucky hurtling toward a possible undefeated season. And Tony Bennett at Virginia, who has taken a less-heralded group – zero McDonald’s All-Americans...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Kentucky’s John Calipari And Louisville’s Rick Pitino Reimagined As Crips And Bloods Is Quite An Image

As the leaders of the two most-popular programs in the basketball-crazed state of Kentucky, John Calipari and Rick Pitino are often the subject of various artwork. The following illustration is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, though.  An Instagram artist, Ben Wade (@bendrick_lamar93), has reimagined Calipari and Pitino as members of the Crips and Blood gangs, respectively...
Via College Spun
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs: Inside The Numbers

Coming Into The Game Kentucky lead the all-time series vs Georgia 118-26. The Cats are 8-2 vs UGA under John Calipari. Both losses have came on the road. UK has lost 2 of its last 3 trips to Athens. Kentucky won its first meeting vs Georgia this season 69-58 in Rupp Arena on 2/3/15. Andrew […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Calipari: We Could Have $3 Billion In Created Wealth For Our Players Within Six Years

John Calipari has created a great pipeline at Kentucky to send players to the NBA while achieving success within the college game. “Recruiting is 24/7 but what recruits kids are results. We’ve had 19 players drafted here in the last five years, we’ll probably have six or seven off this team," said Calipari. "We had three guys in the All Star game this past year. The results...
Via RealGM
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Three things from Kentucky’s Georgia (road) preview

Three things from Monday’s Kentucky basketball media opportunity previewing Tuesday night’s game at Georgia. 1. Georgia is an NCAA Tournament team. That’s what John Calipari called the 19-9 Bulldogs. “They’re an NCAA Tournament team we’re playing on the road,” said … Continue reading →
Via John Clay's Sidelines
2 days ago

A Memo To Memphis: Potential Should Trump Josh Pastner’s Current Woes

The mean streets of Twitter had some fun at the expense of Memphis Tigers coach Josh Pastner recently. Terms like “Pastner’d” were used and everyone had a solid giggle. The attempts at humor had a lot to do with a growing thought that the young coach isn’t exactly brilliant drawing up the X-and-Os and the fact that Memphis’ last possession against Tulsa on Saturday night...
Via The Student Section
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Memo To Memphis: Potential Should Trump Josh Pastner’s Current Woes

The mean streets of Twitter had some fun at the expense of Memphis Tigers coach Josh Pastner recently. Terms like “Pastner’d” were used and everyone had a solid giggle. The attempts at humor had a lot to do with a growing thought that the young coach isn’t exactly brilliant drawing up the X-and-Os and the fact that Memphis’ last possession against Tulsa on Saturday night...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

When Discussing The Coach Of The Year In College Basketball, Please Use Two Categories

Next week, you (like us) will be so immersed in conference tournament brackets that there won’t be time to step back and reflect on the just-concluded college basketball regular season. We’re waiting for the March crescendo, so in the meantime, let’s gain perspective on the season that’s winding down. Keep this in mind: What happens in the NCAA tournament should matter when...
Via The Student Section
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Postgame interviews, notes and milestones from Kentucky’s big win over Arkansas

Following the KEntucky Wildcats’ win over Arkansas, here are the postgame comments from John Calipari, Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis and Andrew Harrison, via Kentucky.com.
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Megan Calipari After UK’s Win Over Arkansas: “You win some, you..never mind.”

No. 1 Kentucky moved to 29-0 today with an 84-67 thumping of No. 18 Arkansas. The Wildcats are thoroughly dominating their competition on a nightly basis, and everyone knows it. Head coach John Calipari’s daughter Megan, who is pretty active on social media, had some fun with Kentucky’s unblemished record after today’s game. You win some, you.. never mind. #Kentucky — Megan...
Via College Spun
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kentucky raffling off Wildcats-themed motorcycle

If you’re a Kentucky fan who prefers riding motorcycles to driving cars, we’ve got a treat for you. Coach John Calipari and the program are raffling off a Wildcats-themed bike this season. Fans can buy tickets for $10, and proceeds go towards Coach Cal’s foundation. The drawing will be on April 9 of this year.  It’s a Harley Davidson that was customized by Man O’War Harley...
Via College Spun
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Kenny Payne talks Razorbacks

Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne subbed for head coach John Calipari on Friday to preview Saturday’s game against the 18th-ranked Arkansas. Payne talked about Arkansas’ style of play, the Hogs’ star Bobby Portis and how this Kentucky team has a … Continue reading →
Via John Clay's Sidelines
5 days ago

Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari Weighs In On ‘The Dress’

You people are all crazy. All I'm seeing is blue and white. — John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 27, 2015 I gotta hand it to Coach Cal on this one. Everyone went crazy when discussing “The Dress.” It’s blue and black by the way. The post Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari Weighs In On ‘The Dress’ appeared first on Diehardsport.
Via Diehardsport
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Kentucky Is Practicing At Mississippi State Today After Beating Bulldogs Last Night

John Calipari is not going to let a couple inches of snow prohibit his Kentucky men’s basketball team from getting in a practice.  The No. 1-ranked Wildcats (28-0, 15-0 SEC) defeated Mississippi State (12-16, 5-10 SEC) in Starkville Wednesday night, 74-56. Bad weather prohibited Calipari’s team from flying back to Lexington, Ky., so they stayed in Mississippi. Kentucky is expected...
Via College Spun
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Blue Links: Kentucky-Mississippi State recap

Big Blue Links for Thursday: Kentucky's second-half flurry blankets Mississippi State, reports Jerry Tipton of Herald-Leader. John Calipari thinks Trey Lyles is Kentucky's X-factor, says my column. Lyles leads Kentucky at Mississippi State, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. Lyles … Continue reading →
Via John Clay's Sidelines
6 days ago

Postgame interviews, notes and milestones from UK’s win over Mississippi State

The Kentucky Wildcats are 28-0 after their 74-56 win at Mississippi State. Here’s what head coach John Calipari had to say about the Cats’ latest win: And here are the postgame notes and milestones from the win, courtesy of UK Athletics: • Kentucky is 28-0, 15-0 in the SEC. Mississippi State is 12-16, 5-10 in […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Why banning true freshmen is a bad idea that will never happen

During a pregame radio interview last Saturday, John Calipari predictably scoffed at the notion of restoring freshman ineligibility in college football and men's basketball for the first time since 1972. "I don't know why," said the coach of undefeated, freshman-dependent Kentucky, "other than, let's not have any good players in college basketball because Kentucky gets too many....
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Inside The Numbers: Kentucky vs Mississippi State

Coming Into The Game Kentucky leads the all-time series vs Mississippi State 84-18. The Cats had lost three straight games vs Mississippi State prior to John Calipari’s arrival at Kentucky. UK is 7-0 vs Mississippi State under Calipari. Five of the seven meetings have been decided by ten points or less. Kentucky won both of […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kentucky vs Mississippi State has been more competitive during Calipari Era than you may realize

Before John Calipari took over as the head coach at Kentucky, the Wildcats had dropped three straight games to the Mississippi State Bulldogs. In Cal’s first season (2009-2010), UK met Mississippi State once in the regular season and once in the SEC Tournament. Both games ended in the Cats’ favor but were too close for […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Fill In The Blank: Playing Kentucky in Basketball is Unsafe As…….

The Kentucky Wildcats have turned out to be pretty good at hurling a basketball toward the general direction of a hoop this season. They have also managed to be even better at stopping their opponents from doing that same exact thing. All this is not incredibly surprising considering John Calipari lands — approximately — eleventy-billion tippy-top recruits each year. Good times...
Via Bloguin Best
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kentucky going undefeated is a big deal

The Kentucky Wildcats have turned out to be pretty good at hurling a basketball toward the general direction of a hoop this season. They have also managed to be even better at stopping their opponents from doing that same exact thing. All this is not incredibly surprising considering John Calipari lands — approximately — eleventy-billion tippy-top recruits each year. Good times...
Via The Student Section
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Calipari praises Kyle Wiltjer, admits he held him back at UK

Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer is having a monster season, averaging 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds for the No. 3 Bulldogs. Today, he earned his second national Player of the Week honor after he scored 61 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in two games last week. This is Wiltjer’s first season playing for the ‘Zags, as he sat out last year after transferring from Kentucky. Even...
Via College Spun
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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