John Calipari

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NBA Rumors Swirl Around Ky. Coach John Calipari

Kentucky’s talented freshmen shed a shaky regular season and then showed why the Wildcats were picked No. 1 in the preseason with an impressive run to the NCAA championship game.

97.1 The Ticket–04/09/2014

James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Kentucky Guard James Young

Young scored 20 points for Kentucky last night, twice as many as the next highest-scoring Wildcat, in a 60-54 loss to Connecticut. This was Young’s ninth 20-plus point game and he led Kentucky with 17 in the Final Four win over Wisconsin.

04/08/2014

Head coach Kevin Ollie of the Connecticut Huskies cuts down the net after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Five Things: UConn’s Defense, Foul Shooting Fuel Championship

Last night, the Huskies cut down the nets in Dallas after beating Kentucky 60-54 to win the school’s fourth national championship. Consider that Kentucky needed four straight late escapes to reach the final and you get a sense for what kind of Tournament this was.

04/08/2014

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Aaron Harrison #2, Alex Poythress #22 and Andrew Harrison #5. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Kentucky Coach John Calipari Comes Of Age

Calipari embraces the sordid system, uses it, and dominates. He doesn’t pretend he’s taking kids for the leafy campus life, for the diploma that will never arrive, or even for a few classes. He wants talent. And talent he gets. And talented he is.

04/04/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 30: Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 75 to 72 in the midwest regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Homecoming For Randle As Wildcats Hit Dallas

Kentucky coach John Calipari might as well have built a pipeline to Texas during the recruiting season, or at least found a nice place to rent somewhere between Dallas and Houston.

97.1 The Ticket–04/04/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 08: Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans takes a second half shot over Jordan Wells #13 of the McNeese State Cowboys at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on November 8, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 98-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Simply The Best: Champions Classic Has 4 Of Top 5

Every year, Tom Izzo subjects his Michigan State team to a non-conference schedule only a masochist could love.

97.1 The Ticket–11/12/2013

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 08: Alex Poythress #22 and James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate during the game against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on November 8, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

No. 1 Kentucky Blows Away Northern Kentucky, 93-63

Northern Kentucky had no illusions about pulling off the impossible against No. 1 Kentucky on Sunday.

97.1 The Ticket–11/11/2013

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Charlie Villanueva Cut From Olympics Team, Deemed ‘Overweight’

The Detroit Pistons $40 million man Charlie Villanueva will not be on the Dominican Republic’s National Team for this summer’s Olympics.

97.1 The Ticket–06/12/2012

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