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calipari_ready.jpgIn Rarified Air, Calipari Reaches for His Pot of Gold

One of these things is not like the other. Three of this year’s Final Four teams are legendary programs from major state universities, each of them the latest float in a long parade of national title contenders launched from America’s power conferences. The other one is Memphis – a somewhat less renowned hotbed of athletics that until fairly recently was known as Memphis State.

Not to undercut a victory by one of the Big Three, but I think we can all agree that a national championship from North Carolina, Kansas or U.C.L.A. isn’t exactly surprising. Sure, people will be excited for Bill Self, the Kansas coach who until this week was widely considered to be the best coach never to reach a Final Four. But even a win by his Jayhawks is really just a reaffirmation of the power of the powerhouse programs. Roy Williams won at Carolina three years ago and U.C.L.A. is making its third straight Final Four appearance and its 223rd overall (I might be off by 2 or 3 there). Not only is making the Final Four not surprising for any of these schools, you could argue – and many boosters would – that it’s expected. A national championship is just part of the natural order of things.

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  1. Go Tigers! I got my free furniture ridin on it.

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