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Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Preview - Coaches

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Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari is presented with the NCAA national championship trophy after the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

In this tale of the tape, one could argue there are not two hotter coaches in the game today than John Calipari and Rick Pitino.  In reality they’ve been that way for much of their careers but now that Rick Pitino has marked his territory in dirty bird city, the animosity is at an all-time high.  Leading into the the game Saturday, the Wildcat Blue Nation has broken down the match-ups of the front court, back court and benches and we end with the coaches.  Now there are a thousand different metrics with which to measure whether someone is better than another at what they do and most of them be rationalized as “right” so consider that as you pass judgement.


Overall Record

John Calipari



Final Fours: 2

2011 & 2012 (Kentucky)

National Championships: 1


1995-1996 & 2007-2008 seasons include games later vacated due to NCAA sanctions; actual on-court records were 35-2 in 1995-96 and 38-2 in 2007-08. NCAA Tournament appearances were also vacated in 1996 and 2008. Actual on-court won-lost record overall is 568-166 for a .774 winning percentage.

Rick Pitino



Final Fours: 6

1987 (Providence)

1993, 1996 & 1997 (Kentucky)

2012, 2013 (Louisville)

National Championships: 2

1996 (Kentucky)

2013 (Louisville)

Advantage:  Rick Pitino

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