For Albany Coach Dwayne Killings, Monday night’s game at Kentucky will serve as a new chapter in a long-running story.
“I was a ball boy for Coach Calipari back in his ‘Refuse to Lose’ days,” Killings said after Albany lost 77-64 at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night.
Killings grew up in Amherst, Mass., where John Calipari debuted as a head coach by putting UMass on the college basketball map. The Minutemen rode the motto of “Refuse to Lose” to the 1996 Final Four. Killings turned 15 five days after Kentucky defeated UMass in the national semifinals.
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