Kentucky vs Louisville: The Recruiting Battle

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Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari (right) greets Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino before the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

Louisville and Kentucky are both in the top three this year in just about every preseason poll imaginable. 99% of those polls have the Cardinals ranked above the Wildcats. These rankings are based upon the facts that Louisville has a deep, experienced Final Four team that lost only two key players and that Kentucky is bringing in another stellar recruiting class full of talent to replace the previous one.

Louisville is ranked high based on what people have seen, yet Kentucky is ranked high based on what many have not seen. But that’s not altogether true. We have seen what John Calipari can do with a team full of freshmen. It’s hard to argue an Elite Eight, a Final Four and a National Title as the evidence for success.

It’s been proven that Cal can take a #1 recruiting class and turn it into a title contender. Louisville fans are witnessing recruiting wonders at Kentucky and want Rick Pitino do reproduce that kind of magic at Louisville. And if you ask most of them, coach P is making major strides in catching Calipari in the recruiting battles.

But I beg to differ. John Calipari and Rick Pitino are not even competing on the same planet when it comes to recruiting. And so far, the results have been in the favor of Cal and Kentucky.

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