Randle posts double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds
Saturday, March 8 | 12:00 p.m. ET | O'Connell Center (12,000) | Gainesville, Fla
Kentucky 55, Alabama 48
Kentucky 55, Alabama 48
Randle posts 12 points, 11 rebounds; seniors open scoring with 3-pointers
UK lost at home for the first time since March 2009 on Saturday against Baylor.
UK fell at Notre Dame on Thursday by a score of 64-50.
John Calipari answered questions about his team's final exhibition on Sunday morning.
John Calipari delivered a speech to fans at the Big Blue Madness campout on Friday night.
On Tuesday, a 400-pound bronze statue of former UK head coach Joe B. Hall was unveiled at the Wildcat Coal Lodge.
Kentucky beat Alabama 55-48 on Senior Night, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, in Lexington's Rupp Arena.
Kentucky falls to South Carolina 72-67 during an NCAA basketball game in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Kentucky fell to Arkansas 71-67 in overtime on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in Lexington's Rupp Arena.
Kentucky beat LSU 77-76 in overtime on Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Lexington's Rupp Arena.
Kentucky beat Ole Miss 84-70 on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, in Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari reached the mountaintop in his third year in Lexington, guiding Kentucky to its eighth national championship and its 15th Final Four. In doing so, he claimed his first national championship and his fourth appearance in the Final Four. He is one of only two coaches to lead three different schools to a Final Four (UMass-1996; Memphis-2008; Kentucky-2011, 2012).
The Wildcats rode the trademark hard-nosed Calipari defense to the 2012 title, finishing the season as the nation's top-ranked team in field-goal percentage defense and blocked shots.
Kentucky lost three members of its 2011 Final Four team (two to the draft, one to graduation), but Calipari reloaded with the nation's top-ranked recruiting class for the third straight season. Included in the class were eventual National Player of the Year Anthony Davis and All-American Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
En route to the national championship, Calipari guided the Wildcats to an NCAA record-tying 38 wins, a perfect 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference and the school's 45th SEC championship, all while extending his winning streak in Rupp Arena to 51 straight games. Calipari extended his perfect mark at home as UK's coach to 54 games before finally losing in his fourth year at Kentucky.
Upon being named head coach on April 1, 2009, Calipari continued to work his magic of resurrecting once proud programs, taking an NIT team in 2009 to the 2010 NCAA Elite Eight. Along the way he led the Wildcats to a No. 1 ranking (UK's first since 2003), the program's 44th SEC regular-season championship and 26th SEC Tournament title.
The honors continued after the 2009-10 season as Calipari became the first coach in UK history to receive the Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year award. He then watched as five of his players were selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, the first time a school has ever produced five first-round picks. Among those picks was the first Wildcat ever taken as the No. 1 overall pick, John Wall.
In his second year in 2010-11, a season that was labeled as a "rebuilding effort," one in which Calipari and the Cats were supposed to struggle after losing an unprecedented five first-round picks in the 2010 NBA Draft, Kentucky reloaded as Calipari guided UK to its 27th SEC Tournament championship, kept his unbeaten record at Rupp Arena alive and collected his 500th career on-court win.
In his inaugural season as head coach of the Wildcats, Calipari posted his fifth straight 30-win season, the only coach in NCAA Division I history to do so. In addition to the Rupp National Coach of the Year, Calipari was also named the Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year.
When he led Kentucky back to the No. 1 spot in the country, Calipari became one of only two coaches (Frank McGuire) in NCAA history to lead three teams to a No. 1 ranking. He led UMass to a No. 1 ranking in 1995 and 1996, and he led Memphis to the No. 1 spot in the 2008 season.
Much like he did at UMass, when his players graduated at nearly 80 percent, Calipari has stressed academics. Fifteen of his last 18 seniors that came through the Memphis program earned their bachelor's degrees, and all 10 players at UK who were eligible to graduate by the end of their senior years walked away with a degree in hand.
The Wildcats posted a 3.4 grade-point-average in the 2013 spring semester with 12 players earning a 3.0 GPA or better. It marked the fourth semester in the last five fall/spring semesters Coach Cal's team earned a 3.0 or better.
As someone who prides himself on helping young men reach their dreams, he has placed 29 players in the NBA during his college coaching career, including 17 over his first four seasons at Kentucky.The 17 picks over a four-season span is the most of any coach.
In 2010, five of his UK players were selected in the first round for the first time in NBA history. He followed that up with four players in the draft in 2011, six players in 2012 -- the most in a two-round draft -- and two more in 2013.
Overall, he's churned out 17 NBA draft picks, 13 first-rounders, two No. 1 overall selections, five top-five picks and eight lottery picks at Kentucky. Since the 2008 draft, 22 of Coach Cal's players have been taken in the NBA Draft, including 15 first-rounders.
Included in Calipari's NBA success are three No. 1 overall picks (Derrick Rose, Wall and Davis) over the last five years. No other coach has had three No. 1 picks, and 2012 was the first time two players from the same team (Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist) were taken with the top two picks in the draft.
After bringing the University of Massachusetts basketball program to national prominence in the '90s and resurrecting the Memphis basketball program in the 2000s, Calipari became the 22nd coach in UK history and seventh in the last 80 years.
Following his fourth season at UK, Calipari's overall on-court record is 568-166, the third-highest winning percentage (77.4) among active NCAA Division I coaches with 10 years experience at college basketball's Division I level, trailing only Mark Few and Roy Williams.
His 173 victories from 2008-12 are the most ever for a coach over a five-year span in Division-I history. On the NCAA Division I list for winning percentage for all coaches (minimum 10 years), Calipari is in 10th place and ahead of Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bob Huggins and Lute Olson.
Calipari's eight 30-win seasons are third most for a head coach in NCAA Division I history. For his career (21 years), Calipari has 19 20-win seasons and 12 25-win campaigns.
Coach Cal started his head-coaching career at UMass in 1998, guiding a struggling program at UMass to the top of college basketball, capped off by a Final Four appearance in 1996.
At 29, when he was named head coach, Calipari began building a program from the ground up, going 10-18 his first season before posting a 17-14 record his second year (receiving a bid to the National Invitation Tournament). The Minutemen won their first Atlantic 10 championship in 1992 with a 30-5 record, including a 13-3 mark in league play. With a 77-71 overtime win over Syracuse in an East Regional second-round game, UMass made its first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
From there, the program skyrocketed under Coach Cal.
Calipari compiled a 193-71 record (.731) during his eight-year career at Massachusetts, including a 108-44 mark (.684) in A-10 play. In addition to five straight NCAA Tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 1996, UMass also made two appearances in the NIT, advancing to the NIT semifinals in 1991. The 1990-91 season was the first of six straight seasons in which the Minutemen won at least 20 games.
Calipari's personal 20-win streak reached the 17-season mark after 35 wins in his first year at UK and 29 in his second. All nine of his Memphis clubs won 20-plus games, along with his last six teams at UMass. In his final season at UMass, Calipari was named the 1996 Naismith National Coach of the Year and The Sporting News National Coach of the Year. He was also named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for the third time in four years, as well as Basketball Times East Region Coach of the Year.
During the Minutemen's 35-2 Final Four season in 1995-96, UMass posted wins over Kentucky, Maryland, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Louisville. UMass ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation in the final regular-season poll after being the top-ranked team for nine weeks earlier in the year. The Minutemen also won their first 26 games of the season, setting a school record for most consecutive wins.
In addition to his Naismith National Coach of the Year honors in 1996, Calipari was a Naismith Coach of the Year finalist in 1994 and 1995. He was the USBWA District I Coach of the Year in 1993.
Calipari left UMass in June of 1996 to become executive vice president of basketball operations and head coach of the New Jersey Nets. He led the Nets to a second-place finish in the NBA's Atlantic Division and the playoffs in 1998, ending a five-year postseason drought for the franchise. The Nets' 17-game turnaround from the previous year was the best that season in the NBA.
He became a member of the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff in 1999, rejoining Philadelphia coach Larry Brown, for whom Calipari was an assistant at Kansas.
Calipari returned to the college game in 2000 at Memphis, where he led the Tigers to the 2008 NCAA title game. Memphis' 38 wins in 2007-08 made him the winningest coach for a single season in NCAA history. As a result, Calipari was named Naismith National Coach of the Year for a second time in his career. He is only the second coach to receive the honor multiple times since the award's inception in 1987. Krzyzewski is the other to do so.
Calipari, the 2009 Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year, led the Tigers to nine straight 20-win campaigns and nine consecutive postseason appearances, the only Memphis coach to do that. He posted 252 wins -- 28 wins per season -- as the Tigers' head coach, making him the winningest coach in school history.
Calipari, who is now on the board of directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, began his coaching career at Kansas as a volunteer assistant under Ted Owens. In 1983, he was hired as the recruiting coordinator at the University of Vermont, but he was swayed back to the nation's heartland when Brown was hired as head coach at KU. He spent three seasons at Kansas (1982-85) before another three-year stint as an assistant coach to Paul Evans at Pittsburgh (1985-88).
The 53-year-old lettered two years at North Carolina-Wilmington before transferring to Clarion State. He played point guard at Clarion during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, leading the team in assists and free-throw percentage. The Eagles were ranked in the Division II Top 20 both years and participated in the 1981 NCAA Division II Tournament.
Calipari's foundation, The Calipari Foundation, has raised millions of dollars to help the lives of those in need in the Commonwealth and across the country, and in 2010, he used a telethon to raise more than $1 million for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. He followed that up with another telethon in 2012 that raised $1 million for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
His foundation has also worked with and donated money to Samaritan's Feet, the West Liberty Recovery Fund, 4 Paws for Ability, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Urban League of Lexington and the V Foundation. Calipari has also headed up the EverFi Financial Literacy Program, which teaches students across Kentucky the importance of money management.
Author of the national bestseller, "Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life," Calipari is a master of communication and maximizing talent. He lives by the motto "that it's never a matter of how far you have fallen, but instead it's about how high you bounce back."
Calipari and his wife, Ellen, have two daughters, Erin and Megan, and a son, Bradley.
Head Coaching Record
*-season includes 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.