Can John Calipari, highest paid college coach, multiple final 4 apperances, and possible the best family room recuiter ever, finally win that elusive NCAA championship he so desperately needs to validate his lofty status.
That's the good......
Here's the bad. Because he CHEATED!!!. While at U Mass, (recruiting, illegal payments) in the mid nineties and at Memphis in 08' with Derek Rose (same thing), he's the only coach I can think of that coached two teams to the final 4, including the 08' championship game and those seasons never happened, (erased by the NCAA) because of these violations.
Fast forward to 2012, and what do we have, coach Cal, as he likes to be called, back in the final 4 with a starting 5 that is all projected to be taken in this years NBA draft. If there was ever a year to throw that monkey off his back this is it, but with his failures in the final 4 still haunting him (had a 9 point lead with two minutes to go in 08' against Kansas) nothing is a sure thing with coach Cal.
My take: Calipari stays out of his own way, lets this group of one and doners, play the wide open run and gun offense their built for, takes care of Louisville on Saturday and then gets his revenge on Monday against Kansas in the title game. Then all will be happy in Calipariville, I mean Lexington.
ENJOY THE GAMES AND THE WEATHER EVERYONE