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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Would You Rather Relive 2012 or 2014 Kansas Games?


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.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

7 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Would You Rather Relive 2012 or 2014 Kansas Games?

  1. reddogwpb
    8:31 am January 29, 2016 Permalink

    I remember one play from the championship game vividly. That block Gilchrist made. He got beat off the dribble and I was shocked when he was able to recover so quickly and deny that reverse layup.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:17 am January 29, 2016 Permalink

      One of Cal’s favorite plays, too.

    • Saul T. Nuts
      9:22 am January 29, 2016 Permalink

      I literally got out of my chair on MKG’s block, and I think it was truly a legendary play.

  2. cokiejay
    9:00 am January 29, 2016 Permalink

    Well, given the choices posted, between the 2012 game or the same 2012 game, I guess I’d choose the 2012 game? :-/

  3. cokiejay
    9:25 am January 29, 2016 Permalink

    Fixed it. Thanks.

  4. JSI
    1:15 pm January 29, 2016 Permalink

    Watched 5 min of the 2014 game. Reminded me that Alex is not the same and probably never will be…

  5. jimthechin
    3:04 pm January 29, 2016 Permalink

    Thanks for posting the 2012 game, BTI.. Watching that again definitely did not suck.