Mark Story: Little evidence old John Calipari magic will take hold this season

John Calipari - photo by Walter Cornett |
John Calipari – photo by Walter Cornett |

From the time the 40-0 talk melted away during a disappointing Wildcats December, backers consoled themselves with thoughts of one number — 2011.

invested hope that the current Cats, like the 2011 Wildcats of Brandon Knight, Josh Harrellson and Co., could jell late and make a Final Four run.

Given the uncertainties of March Madness, that could still happen. But after a disappointing Thursday night in Rupp Arena, let’s be blunt: There’s no tangible sign at this point that John Calipari’s 2014 Cats have a magical march through March in them.

For the second straight game against a middling but desperate foe, found itself in overtime at home, this time against Arkansas.

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