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John Calipari says Kentucky goals are still geared toward March

Not winning the Southeastern Conference regular-season title doesn’t faze John Calipari.

John Calipari - photo by Tammie Brown |

– photo by Tammie Brown |

The University of basketball team sounds surprisingly optimistic considering it missed a huge opportunity to bolster its NCAA Tournament résumé on Saturday night against second-ranked . Coach John Calipari is leading the charge, choosing to focus on the first 30 minutes of that game, at which point the Wildcats led by seven.

“That's as good as we've played all year,” said Calipari, who admits his team still must “shore up” its end-game execution after the Gators scored on their final 13 possessions to come back and win. “It showed me our goals do not need to change at all. And I told the team that. What that game showed me: We're as good as anybody in the country. We can play with anybody.”

One goal likely is out the window, however, as Florida appears to be running away with the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. That doesn't faze Calipari.

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