College Basketball Week 15:
Is this the year Kentucky finally wins the National Champioship again? After taking three diffeent teams to the final four will Coach John Calipari finally get his national championship and ticket to the Hall of Fame? The master of coaching the kiddie corp, Kentucky is of course dominated by freshmen, is dominating the polls and opponents as the last few games are played before March Madness begins.
What is it about the Kentucky basketball mystique?
Widely considered to be the best men’s basketball program in the Southeastern Conference, the University of Kentucky Wildcats are in fact also ranked among the elite programs across the nation. Among all NCAA men’s basketball programs,
The 1996 Championship team, coached by Rick Pitino, is widely considered to be among the greatest Men’s Basketball teams of all time. See Best All-Time SEC Basketball Team.
That team, which became the first team in 40 years to complete SEC conference play undefeated, went 34-2 en route to its victory over
Many former Wildcats have gone on to find success in the NBA. In fact, from 1949-2006,
How big is
By Ron Higgins on February 13, 2012 11:20 AM
So if you're John Calipari and your No. 1 nationally ranked
You hold a practice, plan to open it to the public and maybe televise it.
"There are a lot of people, fans and students, who never get a chance to see us play," said Calipari during today's SEC teleconference. "They never get a chance to feel that experience."
So Calipari is in the process of trying to figure out where he wants to practice, depending how many people show up.
"If we get 4,000 to 8,000 fans, we'll probably do it in Memorial Coliseum," Calipari said. "If it's 20,000 fans, then Rupp Arena."
What about using Commonwealth Stadium?
"I woke up this morning and it was a little frosty," Calipari said with a laugh.
"We're not talking in those terms," Calipari said. "It might happen, it might not happen. I'm just worried about improving and I see that we are. But we have a lot of hard games left. It's not about running the table. It's about putting ourselves in the best possible position at the end of the year.
"I thought our team last year was the best in the country at the end of the year. But that team lost six games on the road in the SEC. It helped us get where we were at the end of the year."
The Basketbowl -
The Basketbowl, between
Keep in mind, folks, this was a regular season game.
UK Cheerleaders are National Champions as well
Thoughts about UK Basketball
"I just thought it was the
"Really, UCLA's a great place as well, but they don't have the kind of environment they have here. The fans here have a passion." - Dick Vitale on
"He's got the puppies set off the bus." - Bill Raftery talking about Tayshaun Prince hitting his fifth straight three-point shot from U.
"Turner ... Burner .... and one" - Jim Nantz
"I see no reason to end the basketball season in February just so some of these schools can start spring football practice early... Someday they are going to wake up and realize that basketball is here to stay." - Adolph Rupp on his Southeastern Conference brethren in 1934.
"I'd just as soon freeze to death." - Actress Ashley Judd relating a story of being offered a University North Carolina -
"It's not wise to come to
"When you see
"In the next four or five years,
"They had it before you, they had it during you, they'll have it when you're gone"...." - Al McGuire on Kentucky Basketball Tradition