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Calipari Reflects, Says the Cats “Changed College Basketball”

Photo by Darron Cummings, AP

Photo by Darron Cummings, AP

Photo by Darron Cummings, AP

John Calipari took to Twitter to reflect on Kentucky’s historically-great season and what it means going forward, with of course, a recruiting message to future All-Americans. The Hall of Famer admitted that he, just like all of us, took the loss hard — but is starting to feel better.

Us too, coach. Us too.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

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5 Comments for Calipari Reflects, Says the Cats “Changed College Basketball”

  1. PatrickSparksDoubleChin
    3:19 pm April 5, 2015 Permalink

    Only Cal could have the best two teams in the country on his own team and lose. Guess Wes needs to bring in 11 burger boys, 9 didn’t cut it.

  2. Kyblue34
    3:25 pm April 5, 2015 Permalink

    Changed college basketball? What a load of crap! Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of our kids and especially how they handled themselves off the court this year. But, the world is only going to remember who wins tomorrow night and the fact that UK couldn’t get the job done despite being more talented. We still played tentative, still have a coach who refuses to adjust his game plan when its clearly not working, still the brunt of poor officiating, still going to have players leave for the pros that aren’t even close to ready, and still have most of the world hating us and cheering when we lose. Sorry coach Cal, but nothing has changed!

    • davidmacq
      9:41 pm April 5, 2015 Permalink

      4 of 5 Final Fours. Hard to beat that. This system of Calipari’s isn’t perfected, but remember Noel, Stein, Poythress were each injured and if they hadn’t that might have been 3 more titles.
      I think Cal got a little outcoached at the end. Ryan said his assistant scouted KY and provided the plan to stop KY which happened during the 3 shot clock violations. They scouted how Cal ‘takes the air out’ at end of the games…and as Cats said they crowded and denied. Cats didn’t execute, but Wisconsin really stopped the execution.

      Cal is the best for KY. He will get back to Final Four more anyone else into the future one would expect, just as he has done. This year we really had too many options in some respects. Can’t criticize for playing everyone…and some blame can be laid at bad luck of losing Poythress.

      Except when they blew teams out of the water…this team seemed to let opponents hang around with them way too long. Last year it ended in inexplicable losses…this year not, but they still looked shaky at times. You could say the extra players helped on defense, but hurt on offense. Not letting people find their groove.

      That’s pretty negative though. NBA should say 21 and over for the league or something. If they win, most everyone goes pro. Hope none jump to pros for the D League…1st round or nothing!

  3. scwhite9
    7:15 pm April 5, 2015 Permalink

    KYblue34 – you are so wrong. I have seen a lot of teams come and go, and this is probably my favorite team of all time not only for what they did on the court but what they did off the court. I disagree with those who see these young men as failures. You only fail when you don’t try. They tried their hardest. To try to tear them down is despicable. If you feel so strongly that the players can’t play and the coaches can’t coach, you will constantly be disappointed. Just choose another team that meets your criteria. I am sure you have already been a great college basketball player and a great college basketball coach or you would not be so critical.