Apr 8, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT
Kentucky’s season began with high expectations after John Calipari assembled “the greatest recruiting class in history” with ridiculous chatter of 40-0 as a possibility.
In March, Kentucky lost to top-ranked Florida for the second and third time, upping the loss total to 10 heading into the NCAA tournament.
Selection Sunday ended with Kentucky slotted as the No. 8 seed in the bracket’s most difficult region. The Wildcats went on an unlikely run through the likes of undefeated Wichita State, rival Louisville and last year’s national runner-up Michigan.
An 11-loss season wasn’t what many anticipated in the preseason, but a Final Four appearance also didn’t seem likely when Kentucky lost to South Carolina on March 1.
“This was an unbelievable journey that none of us staff or players will ever forget,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari told the crowd at Rupp Arena.
An up-and-down season ended with both the thrills of a tournament run and the disappointment of a championship loss for Kentucky. Calipari recapped the 2013-2014 season in front of Big Blue Nation on Tuesday.
- Frank Kaminsky, Jahlil Okafor highlight five Wooden Award finalists 0
- 2015 NCAA Tournament All-Second Weekend Team 2
- While a major question remains unanswered, No. 4 North Carolina can be special in 2015-16 2
- Tournament darling R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA 3
- Texas freshman Myles Turner declares for the NBA Draft 6
- The Final Four is set, and it’s going to be insane 23
- No. 7 Michigan State reaches the Final Four for the seventh time under Izzo 15
- Andrew Harrison’s late free throws send No. 1 Kentucky to the Final Four (86)
- Kentucky responds to Daxter Miles Jr.’s pregame comments (30)
- Updated tournament records: Big Ten teams make up half of Final Four (27)
- The Final Four is set, and it’s going to be insane (23)
- West Virginia freshman on Kentucky: ‘They’re going to be 36-1′ (21)