Kentucky basketball: John Calipari needs to change remembering how it began

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari (Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)
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2014-2015 was the greatest college basketball team of all time.

Never has there been a more dominant team in college basketball history than in 2014-2015 and the Wildcats.

Calipari had the ability to platoon two entire teams of five guys and then had a pair of Kentucky studs on the bench in Derek Willis, and Dominique Hawkins.

That team had the Harrison twins back, Karl Anthony-Towns, Devin Booker, Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Poythress, and Tyler Ulis. Nine players from this squad would go on to play in the NBA.

This was the year Calipari’s Platoon System something he dreamed up and felt it was necessary going into the season. This also meant the decline of Kentucky getting all the elite talent, something opposing coaches used when recruiting the same players.

Yet Kentucky finished the regular season 31-0, ran the table in the SEC (16-0), and then the SEC Tournament going into the NCAA Tournament 34-0. Kentucky eventually met their match in Wisconsin in the Final Four ending their bid for a perfect 40-0 season, and Kentucky’s 9th National Title.

Calipari at the end of the year brought it into the perspective of the platoon and his philosophy moving forward.

"“I think how you will see us playing going forward will be closer to how we have always played.  That won’t be platooning. … In all my coaching career, I’ve always played six, seven or eight guys. As a matter of fact, at UMass in 1996 I played five — the sixth man played single-digit minutes. My guards played 39 minutes a game.”"

Kentucky fans will always look back and be haunted by 2015, that team was one of the most fun teams I myself have ever seen play college basketball. Still, even without finishing the job I fully believe this was the most dominant college basketball team ever assembled, the championship would’ve been icing on the cake.