The 2020-21 college basketball season was unlike any before it. This was especially true at Kentucky, which went through some things that are not often seen in Lexington.
Through battles with COVID-19, injuries and scheduling, Kentucky finished last season at 9-16. It was the first time in more than 30 years that UK finished a basketball season with a record under .500.
UK head coach John Calipari had also never been through anything like last year. In 29 seasons as a college head coach, Calipari has finished under .500 just twice – last year and in 1988-89 at UMass, which was his first year as a college head coach.
Calipari hopes that last season, in many ways, was once in a lifetime.