If you picked UConn and Kentucky to be the last two teams standing in this years March Madness, then kudos to you. No one else probably did, but the Wildcats and the Huskies are going head to the head Monday night to be the sole owner of the trophy. Last night in an interview with TBS after the beating the Badgers, Kentucky coach John Calipari admitted that he didn’t really know anything about his upcoming opponent, the Huskies, according to Larry Brown Sports.
“I don’t know anything about them,” said Calipari. “The issue now I gotta be up all night watching tape getting ready for them. I know their guards are good and I know I recruited a bunch of their guys, so I know how good they are, but I don’t know how they play.”
The reality is why should he? This isn’t a knock on Kevin Ollie or the Huskies team, but they play in the American Athletic Conference, which really only came together after the Big East fell apart. Coach Kevin Ollie was only hired in September 2012 after long time coach Jim Calhoun decided to retire. Ever since the Huskies men’s team won the title in 2011, they have been lingering around the college basketball scene, but there just hasn’t been a buzz about them as in the past.
It’s certain that Calipari will know as much as he possibly can about this UConn team by Monday night, but I don’t think he was taking a shot at the Huskies. His assessment is really justified.