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Calipari States Fact, Makes Waves

John Calpari caught the attention of the website SportsByBrooks.com this week when he made the following statement regarding UK’s penchant for getting every team’s best shot:

“It doesn’t matter who’s on your team, you have Kentucky across the front.  It means something.  They want to be us.  Understand that.  They want to be us.  Not beat us, be us.

“So they’re coming at you trying to say you win against Kentucky it shows that we’re them.”

So?

Now maybe Calipari could have made his point a little clearer, but it’s not too hard to figure out his meaning:


* Kentucky is the name in college basketball, fastest to 2,000 wins, etc.

* Ohio State — UK’s opponent in the Sweet Sixteen tomorrow — is a fast-rising program that wants to dominate the hoops world like UK.

* The best way to make a statement like that is to beat Kentucky.


What’s not true about that?  And why has it touched off a mini-controversy on the web?  (Do a Google search for: “Calipari” and “They want to be us.”)

Sure the comment is a little arrogant, but UK’s record backs up the boast and since when has Calipari been viewed as anything less than a little cocky?

Sorry, folks.  We just don’t have a big problem with this one.  (Which apparently puts us in the minority.)

 




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