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MUST-WATCH: KSR explains John Calipari's magical first six seasons at Kentucky

Jack PIlgrimby:Jack Pilgrim05/27/24

Kentucky basketball had gone 11 years without a Final Four and needed a shot in the arm. They needed an overnight resurgence, and there was only one man who could deliver that. So for several days, thousands of diehards logged online to watch a 360P lo-resolution live stream of a door in hopes one John Calipari would emerge.

And emerge, he did.

In his first six years as head coach, Coach Cal went 22-4 in the NCAA Tournament, tying none other than Rick Pitino for the best stretch of 26 tournament games by a Kentucky coach. And in that stretch, Calipari would lead the Wildcats to four banners hung inside Rupp Arena, highlighted by the 2012 national championship in year three.

How did it all come together, starting with John Wall’s all-time entrance to the Wisconsin loss that broke Big Blue Nation — and maybe even Coach Cal himself?

KSR’s Steven Peake put together an all-time video celebrating the highest highs of the John Calipari era in Lexington, a run we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives. And Peake used his grandfather’s handwritten stats for every single game of that run — he’s been keeping them all since 1974 — to help tell the tale.

Check out how Coach Cal became the king of Lexington in this 20-minute feature below:

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