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This year’s Kentucky team is an example of one of the greatest coaching jobs of all time

The reputation on Kentucky’s John Calipari is so ingrained in people’s heads that they have a difficult time judging him on his merits.

John Calipari - photo by Walter Cornett

– photo by Walter Cornett

There's a simple and lazy narrative that is often applied to 's John Calipari: that he's the villain, the one-and-done guy, the college coach who most exemplifies everything that's wrong with college basketball.

This season, though, as Calipari heads to his fourth Final Four in five years with a shot to become the first 40-0 coach in college basketball history, a deeper look at how his team has gotten this far flips that tired narrative on its head.

This year's Kentucky team is an example of one of the greatest coaching jobs of all time. Not just that, but this team filled with future NBA first-round picks is doing things the right way.

The Calipari haters, who are legion, will look at this new narrative and either scoff or retch.

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On February 21, 1970, No. 2 Kentucky defeated LSU, 121-105.  Dan Issel scored 51 points, Mike Pratt 27 and Tom Parker 18 as UK outgunned LSU star “Pistol Pete” Maravich’s 64-point performance before 9,000 fans in the John Parker Memorial Coliseum.  This was the ultimate shootout between all-time SEC greats Maravich and Issel.

 

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