Kentucky Wildcats’ turnaround started with a long look in the mirror

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

The T-shirts of the dream, the talk of perfection, the flirtation with 40-0 — Kentucky’s was a victim of the expectations as well.

For the first time this season after dealing with the maddening aftereffects of failing to meet regular-season expectations, Coach Cal admitted that he too bought into the hype.

“I had to accept that, too, now,” Coach Cal said Sunday after his Wildcats pulled off another memorable victory, a 75-72 win over in the Elite Eight. “I started reading what everybody was writing. I’m thinking: This is going to be easy.”

Easy? This year might have been Calipari’s toughest.

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