Calipari ready to defend title with new talent

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02: Head coach John Calipari celebrates as he cuts down the net after the Wildcats defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
John Calipari – (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Back in April, fresh off his first national championship victory, was understandably upbeat. Then his entire starting five and top bench player declared their plans to head to the NBA. And still, Coach Cal looked like a happiest man in the room.  “Hey, I’ve had to replace three teams here (at Kentucky),” Calipari said. “This is the fourth new team I’ve had to coach. So, I know you’re going to be surprised, but we’re going to be really young (this year). I’ll probably end up starting three freshmen again for the third straight year.”


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