Calipari Learns From Mistakes, Earns Championship

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By Blake Schuster New Orleans, La. — It was happening again. Down by nine, to John Calipari and against a seemingly unbeatable team, Kansas made its run.  But in the Jayhawks 67-59 national championship loss to Kentucky, it wasn’t a miracle Jayhawk comeback as it was in 2008 — although it felt similar — this time was about Calipari, and the demons he finally exorcised. Four years ago with Calipari’s Memphis team up nine with 2:12 left to play, Bill Self pulled out one of the sweetest wins of his career, downing the Tigers in overtime. This time Calipari’s Kentucky team took the lead early in the first half and never gave it up despite…

Taylor’s Leadership Carries Jayhawks to Final Four

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By Blake Schuster New Orleans, La. — The first time Kevin Young saw his new team scrimmage last summer he stood in awe. The Loyal-Marymount transfer had been used to playing “rec ball”, but it was nothing like the structure the Jayhawks were using. There was flow, precision and success. It was during his gawking that one of the players came over and laid down the rules for the newcomer.  “Tyshawn [Taylor] pulled me to the side and let me know how things were,” Young said. “He said we win here, this is what we do, and if you want to be a part of this you have to buy into the system and do…

Players and coaches meet with media in New Orleans