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71 percent of NBA champions have had an NCAA champ on the roster

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While much of the basketball world discussed (and obsessed with) what an NBA title would do for LeBron James, there were also two Miami Heat players who joined the list of NBA champions with NCAA titles as well. Shane Battier (Duke, 2001) and Mario Chalmers (Kansas, 2008) can now add their names to the list, [more]

Comparing Kentucky to other champs who replaced everything

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Now the all five of Kentucky’s underclassmen stars are officially headed to the NBA (along with senior Darius Miller), it’s time to marvel at the production coach John Calipari must now replace. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague and Miller represented93 percent of the Wildcats’ scoring, 94 percent of their rebounds, [more]

How do other hauls compare to Kentucky’s recent classes?

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Some things never change. Kentucky landed 2012’s top prospect in Nerlens Noel Wednesday night, a move that’ll almost certainly give the Wildcats the top-rated recruiting class in college basketball. Consider coach John Calipari four-for-four while in Lexington. (He’s not done yet, either. Power forward Anthony Bennett, another 5-star player, is considering Kentucky, as are 5-star [more]

Is John Calipari truly the villain against Bill Self?

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Over the coming two days, one of the story lines that will be the most intriguing to follow is that of John Calipari and his quest to win his first national title. Calipari is a polarizing figure in the sense that Kentucky fans worship him while most everyone else, with or without a rooting interest, [more]

Much more on the line for Calipari and Self than a rematch

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NEW ORLEANS – By the time that Louisville and Kentucky tipped off on Saturday afternoon, I’m reasonably sure that every single college hoops fan across the country could recite, from memory, the entire story behind the deteriorated relationship between John Calipari and Rick Pitino. That’s how much play that story line got in the media, [more]

Five great NCAA tourney rallies that weren’t Tuesday night

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Two epic comebacks during Tuesday’s First Four games — BYU’s 25-point rally vs. Iona and Western Kentucky’s furious finish against Mississippi Valley State — will only be a footnote on the rest of the Tourney because it came in a 16 vs 16 play-in game. Here are some of the comebacks that are remembered: 1. [more]