Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has made no bones about his desire to coach an undefeated basketball team. Most pundits — and Wildcat fans — have looked at this year’s Wildcat roster and said, “This could be the year.”
“I’ve said before I retire, I would love to coach a team that goes 40-0. I’ve said it for 8-10 years. Will that happen? I don’t know… We don’t talk about it as a team. It’s not like, ‘Oh, we’re going 40-0.’ We don’t.”
Ah, but as Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde points out today, as recently as May the Cats’ coach said, “We’re chasing perfection.”
So let’s all just face facts:
1. Kentucky’s ability to go undefeated will likely be the top story in college basketball this season.
2. The players and coaches will be asked about the possiblity ad nauseum.
3. Eventually Calipari will reach the conclusion — and maybe he already has — that all the 40-0 talk isn’t good for his youthful squad.
4. When that happens, Calipari will — as any coach would — blame the media for trying to create a story that he himself created.
UK fans, enjoy all the pressure that comes with talk of “undefeated” seasons. Fans of everyone else, better run out an buy some earplugs if you’re not interested in hearing this discussion from now until April… or whenever Kentucky’s first loss comes.