Here is a very interesting thing about the John Calipari era. In his 7 years, he has won 1 national title. It was the first national title that Kentucky had won in 14 years. They won that title ending one of the most dominant seasons in UK history. And they did it with probably the most talented player in UK history. Finally, they did it by beating another one of college basketball’s powers, Kansas. Yet, when you ask UK fans about their best memory of the John Calipari era, you are going to get a lot of answers and rarely is that answer winning the national title over Kansas. Certainly that game and moment is the most SIGNIFICANT of the Cal era but it wasn’t the most memorable. The game itself was boring as dirt without a play that fans will remember forever. It was methodical, as were most of the games that season, and sometimes that makes it less memorable.
Now take the game in Indianapolis last season against Kansas. The 72-40 final score was beyond stunning. The absolute domination of the 5th ranked Jayhawks, a team that would earn a 2-seed at the end of the year, was one of the more impressive performances in UK history. And frankly, 15 years from now people will still remember that game fondly.
So it makes me wonder. There is no doubt which game was more significant, but if I post the 2 games below, which one would you want to watch first? The 2012 title game of the 2014 beatdown? Discuss.