Kentucky is now 25-0. This is tied for the best start in school history. With a win over Tennessee this week, it will become the best start in the storied history of this great program.
Regardless of what happens from here on out, let’s take a second to appreciate what coach John Calipari has accomplished.
He has taken a program that continually faces huge expectations from fans and the national media and consistently upped his game in response.
This year’s bunch has been ranked No. 1 in the country since the first preseason polls began popping up last summer. Nothing has stopped its momentum.
Though there have been challenges here and there, the overall body of work is incredible.
Wins over other storied programs such as UCLA, UNC and Kansas, as well as an undefeated conference record and victory over hated arch-rival Louisville. In all, this team is 11-0 against the current RPI top 50. Even with another month of regular season play to go, this is impressive.
The roster that has done it is truly an assortment of players who have bought in to the system. There are no egos, no superstars and no one hogging the ball or minutes. It has been a true team effort.
They’ve faced injuries, for instance to team hear and soul Alex Poythress, and close, gritty games in decidedly hostile situations, such as the win on the road in LSU last week.
No matter what happens, one thing is sure—this has been a hell of a ride, even by Kentucky’s lofty standards. And as the season creeps ever so much closer to March, it’s beginning to look like it may come down to just as memorable an ending as has been the journey itself. ago back