John Calipari kept believing, pushing buttons, and the reward is Sweet 16

BOISE, Idaho — Admit it, you thought Kentucky was toast. Back on Valentine’s Day, when the Wildcats had lost four straight games to fall below .500 in SEC play, it was perfectly reasonable to believe these guys just didn’t have a deep NCAA Tournament run in them.

But somehow, in the midst of that chaos and criticism, as they were increasingly compared to the 2013 NIT Cats, John Calipari kept convincing this bunch of freshmen and sophomores of his vision for what they could become. What they suddenly have become: SEC Tournament champions, winners in nine of the last 10 games, and Sweet 16 bound.

“Coach has been telling us this whole time it will eventually click,” point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said. “We just have to stay together and trust his word and trust the process. We’re doing so right now.”

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