Kentucky Wildcats John Calipari goes recruiting after weekend beatdown of Portland Pilots

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Dec 8, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts in the game against the Portland Pilots at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Portland 74-46. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

With the holidays at hand and a week until the next basketball game, most college basketball coaches would be content with a 74-46 win and call it a weekend. Not John Calipari. On Saturday, after Kentucky’s win over Portland, John Calipari hopped on a plane to Minnesota to pay a visit to 2014 PG Tyus Jones for the second time this week and the third time since November 26. Apparently no other coaches had the gumption to make the trip:

 

“He was the only [coach] there,” Apple Valley coach Zach Goring told SNY.tv. “He continues to show his interest in Tyus.”

 

After the addition of Karl Towns to the class, it certainly looks like the 2014 class is shaping up.  Calipari also paid a visit to Trey Lyles on Wednesday and many consider Lyles a Kentucky lean.

 

Dec 8, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts in the game against the Portland Pilots in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Portland 74-46. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Proving that he never sleeps, John Calipari took his whole staff to Florida yesterday to visit 2013 Center Dakari Johnson. Johnson was a former teammate of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at St. Patrick High in New Jersey and there were rumors that he was close to committing to Kentucky over the weekend. As of now,  it appears that Johnson will not commit until the Spring.  Johnson later posted a picture on his Instagram of himself, Coach O, and Kenny Payne.

 

Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari (left) embraces Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean (right) following the game in the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

And what would a weekend be without a troll alert?  This one comes from Eric Crawford and stands as a shout-out for all the  people that seriously can not get over the fact that Kentucky and Indiana are not playing this year.  In case you had it marked on your perpetual calendar, this last weekend would have been the Kentucky Indiana game … and as Crawford trolls, that is a good thing for UK as playing Indiana right now would have certainly have led to a monumental collapse of the Big Blue Nation:

 

Right now, IU is quite a bit better than UK. An IU loss at this point could’ve been UK’s second at Rupp, leaving the Wildcats at 5-4 and Big Blue Nation on Red Alert. Such an alert would’ve sent UK into final exams fretting about failure, and not the kind you worry about in the classroom.

 

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