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Coach Cal wants to know, 'What made this team so special?'

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John Calipari is asking for fans' help in determining what made this year's Kentucky team so special. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) John Calipari is asking for fans' help in determining what made this year's Kentucky team so special. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
Since his arrival just over three years ago, John Calipari has sought to involve the Big Blue Nation in the program it loves so much. Now, he's for perhaps more direct help than ever before.

Calipari is trying to figure what it is that allowed the 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats to cut down the nets in New Orleans and bring home UK's eighth national championship. He wants to know from the fans what they noticed about this year's Cats that made them special. What separated UK from Coach Cal's past teams and the hundreds of others that fell short of a title this season.

Here's part of Calipari's request on his website:

I need you to put together what you think made this team different from the other teams I've coached or other teams around the country that you watched. When you watched us play, what were the things that made you say, "Wow!"

The four best answers - chosen by myself and my staff - will win a framed picture of the championship game. I've got four of them framed and waiting for you in my office. You can write your answers in the comments section below. No answer is too long or too short.

But I need your help because we're still trying to learn about this team, and I want to see if any of you have analyzed this team and picked out some things that we haven't seen. We as a staff are trying to figure out why we were this good and why were we able to take a bunch of freshmen and sophomores and win a national championship.

Calipari and his staff will be selecting the best four answers and the lucky winners will win a framed picture from the national championship game. To submit a response, leave a comment on Coach Cal's website post.

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These 'Cats were the most exemplary group of young men in a long time. One team, one mind, one goal. The rarity of what amounts to superstars getting along as friends, unselfishly sharing the ball and picking each other up when necessary. Always first-class on and off the court, they carried themselves with dignity and respect for the game and an unwavering will to win.
First =Focus, Integrity, Respect, Strength and Tenaciousness....and this was a first class, first rate team.


Thanks, coach, for putting up with the craziest, most devoted fan base...and understanding our 'insanity'.

Coach Cal, First of all thanks for restoring Big Blue to it's rightful place at the top of the basketball world. I am a '74 graduate and have followed Ky since I was a little kid and your team this year exemplified what a team really is. The team was extremely "balanced" and played without individual egos.

It is amazing the way you were able to mold them into a cohesive team willing to make individual sacrifices for the good of the team. Derek Miller giving up his starting role to Anthony Davis sacrificing offense to excel at the defensive end and how can you not mention the tenacity and determination of Kidd-Gilchrist. Overall I liken the team to a 6 headed monster, even if you cut off one of the heads they still did whatever it took to win. Inside, outside, offense, defense you molded them together and I had more fun watching and rooting for UK in a long time.

Reload and re-charge and I wish you the best with your current crop of talent. Lamb and Teague returning would be a big help to securing a consecutive championship!

Go Big Blue

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