John Calipari is living through a tough season with the Kentucky men’s basketball team.
On Wednesday, the Wildcats lost at Auburn, 76-66, to drop to 17-9 overall and 6-7 in the SEC. The result marked Kentucky’s fourth consecutive defeat, and Tigers fans made fun of the Wildcats’ struggles by chanting “NIT, NIT, NIT.”
The outcome wasn’t overlooked by Clay Travis, who crushed Calipari on FOX Sports Radio on Thursday by saying, “If John Calipari doesn’t have better players than everyone else, he gets exposed when it comes to actual coaching.” The Outkick the Coverage analyst went on to say, “Any talk that he is the Nick Saban of basketball is laughably absurd.”
You can listen to the entire take below:
"If John Calipari doesn't have better players than everyone else, he gets exposed when it comes to actual coaching. Any talk that he is the Nick Saban of basketball is laughably absurd." – @ClayTravis
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) February 15, 2018
Those are strong words from Travis. But it’s hard to say he’s wrong at the moment.
This has been a difficult stretch for Kentucky, and Calipari’s team doesn’t look like it will snap out of its funk soon. You can point to the fact that the Wildcats made the national title game during a 2013-14 season that concluded with a pedestrian 29-11 record. Still, it’s hard to make a prediction that this current Kentucky team is capable of a similar deep run in the NCAA Tournament, if it finds itself as part of the event.
You have to respect Calipari’s accomplishments at Kentucky. He owns 266 victories and one national championship at the school. But this season looks like it will fall short of becoming one of his most memorable efforts. Travis isn’t way off with his comments.
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