Watching Kentucky beat Ohio State and then North Carolina, I had one overriding thought: John Calipari is the best coach in college basketball.
We think of Calipari as a recruiter. He goes after players others might not, the players for whom college is recess, a one-year break between high school or prep school and the NBA. He rolls out the ball and tells his players to do NBA stuff. When they leave, he recruits another batch of one-and-dones to take their place.
But did you watch the Wildcats work this weekend? How many bad shots did they take? How many good shots did they get?
They took 22 three-pointers against the Tar Heels and hit 12. How many were contested?
True, the open threes were a testament to North Carolina's defense. The Tar Heels have struggled all season to stop the three.
So Calipari exploited the weakness. Every time North Carolina made a late second-half run, and the Tar Heels made several, a Wildcat shut it down with a pretty shot from long range.
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy Williams are among the best in their sport.
But if there's evidence that either is better than Calipari, I don't see it.
True, the man has sidestepped scandals without a single hair falling out of place, a testament to leaving at the right time and industrial strength gel.
Since he took the Kentucky job, he's avoided being tainted by the unsavory, and he's been there two entire seasons. He's recruited and coached beautifully. And his team probably is going to win the NCAA tournament.