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UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:02 am
By Gary Parrish

NEW YORK -- They turned a game that was tied at halftime into a blowout, had five players score in double figures and introduced the nation to a freshman class that just might be gifted enough to win Kentucky an eighth national championship. And John Calipari was pissed.

"We're playing like it's an AAU game," Calipari said.

And he went on and on from there.

"I kind of expected what happened in the first half -- bunch of young guys out there doing their own thing," Calipari added, and he didn't sound like a man who had just watched his second-ranked Wildcats cruise to a 75-65 win over 12th-ranked Kansas. "I've got a bunch of young players."

Indeed he does.

Just like he usually does.

But here's betting Calipari wouldn't trade them for almost anybody.

Roy Williams might have a better roster at North Carolina, but that's probably where the conversation begins and ends. Yes, this country has more conventional teams and more experienced teams, but there aren't many teams more talented than Coach Cal's Wilidcats, and they showed that in spurts here at Madison Square Garden on a Tuesday night that began with people celebrating Mike Krzyzewski's 903rd career victory and ended with folks spilling into these midtown Manhattan streets mumbling to themselves about whether Anthony Davis is human.

Because he didn't seem human against Kansas.

The 6-foot-10 freshman finished with 14 points, six rebounds and seven blocks.

He looked like a future top overall pick of the NBA Draft.

And yet Davis still showed his youth at times -- as did the Wildcats in general. They weren't perfect and they aren't perfect, but the potential for greatness is there. With every long jumper made and shot swatted into the stands, it was easy to see the potential for greatness is there.

"This team has a chance of being special if they choose," Calipari said. "But they’ve got to come together.”
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:45 pm

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

I'm not even a Kentucky fan or a Calipari fan, but anyone who thinks he can just recruit and not coach is CRAZY! Yes, he brings in great players every year @ UK, but its not like he had the best palyers @ Memphis and UMass, but he won games there. And while I am not wild about him having so many one and done players and having a virtually all new and different team each year, he still coaches them up and finds success. And kids want to play for him now more than ever cause they know they have a good shot at playing in the NBA if they do.
Give the man some credit. People think he's shadier than an oak tree, okay, I get that, and I have my questions about his past, but its not like the guy just brings the best talent in and rolls a ball to them in practice and says 'Alright guys, have at it, you know what you're doing'. He's a great coach and this year they have a great team.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:41 pm

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

just some more sec bs from is destined for greatness......h.mmmmmm ....2 beat 12......on the other hand they say 3 weathered 7.....weathered????......lets see.......2 is in the sec.....12 is in the big 12 conference......3 is in the big ten but they only weathered over the sec 7......bias and bs at its finest 

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:20 pm

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

Every coach you just used as examples have had games similar to Cal's championship blunder. The King Coach K was up 17 on UK in 1998 with a vastly more tallented team and lost the game. I'm not sure how playing for the National Championship, the Final Four, and the Elite Eight is not considered "contending" either. By the way, your Cuse look really good this year from the game i saw. They will be in the hunt.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:24 am

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

Yeah I agree. That really isn't what I would call a bad resume. It's just that these guys hear stuff so they repeat it without any actual knowledge of the subject. He is one of the best coaches in college ball right now. Love him or hate him...doesn't matter but to not recognize it is ignorant. I'll give props to all the teams I despise if they are deserving.

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:08 am

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

Your arguement is invalid.  Calipari teams consistently compete.  Memphis 2005/06 - Elite Eight.  Memphis 2006/07 - Elite Eight.  Memphis 2007/08 - Finals Runner Up.  Memphis 2008/09 - Sweet Sixteen.  UK - 2009/10, Elite Eight.  UK - 2010/11, Final Four.  2011/12 - #2 Ranked Team that just beat #12 in the nation.

Sure you will bring up vacated wins, but your arguement is he can't build a team.  All of the above proves you are wrong.  He can blend personalities.  Winning the NCAA tourney is one of the hardest things to do in sports.

Calipari is a proven winner. 

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:06 am

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

I really can't atest to what Calipari did prior to his current stint at UK but since he's been in Lexington he's done an excellent job of building team chemistry.  Considering he's had teams chock-full of potential ego maniacs I consider that his best acheivement as a coach during that span.  Past performance is no guarantee of future success but it is a good indicator of what can be expected.  I do expect this team to be scary good come Feb.  However, I do not see them coming together quick enough to come out on top against an experienced NC team early December.  If they were to meet again in April all bets are off......

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:01 am

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

Congrats to Coack Cal on his first win over the Jayhawks. With time to become a bit more cohesive, Big Blue is going to be a tough team to beat!

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:59 am

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

Sure the Cats have talent and sure Cal can recruit BUT there is a reason that coaches like K, Calhoun, Boeheim, Self, Williams and Stevens win or contend consistently. They build TEAMS out of their talent. Before all the replies come that I'm a 'Cat hater I'm not. If my beloved 'Cuse can't win it all I wouldn't mind see Ky do it, (esp. for shots of A. Judd) I just don't think Calipari builds a team that can do it. Can he coach? Oh heck yeah, but when I think of the Kansas comback against Memphis the cause was as much on the Tigers shortcomings as it was on the Jayhawks resiliancy.

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:28 am

UK shows potential for greatness in win over KU

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