Road back will not be completed until the Wildcats have an eighth banner to hang

Wildcats' Harrellson clips the net after his team's victory over the Tar Heels in their NCAA East Regional game in Newark
Wildcats' Harrellson clips the net after his team's victory over the Tar Heels in their East Regional game in Newark - photo by Mike Segar | Reuters

measures success based on the banners hanging from Rupp Arena. And there is a reason none of them are for conference championships or N.C.A.A. tournament appearances. National titles, seven in all, are the only form of currency there. Those lofty expectations seemed incongruous by the end of the era and during ’s two-year stay as coach. Kentucky’s last Final Four appearance was in 1998.  But from Mayfield to Morehead and at outposts in between…

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