The Kentucky Wildcats and Connecticut Huskies weren’t predicted to make the 2014 NCAA Championship, but here they are, playing in the 2014 NCAA Championship. Although the players are getting most of the buzz entering this game — as they should — let’s focus in on the two head coaches. Which coach has the most to prove in this game?
Well, John Calipari is probably one of the most hated coaches in the sport. He recruits the best players year after year. As a result, he basically has a new team every year. Regardless, he coached Kentucky to a national championship two years ago. Last year, well, his team didn’t even make the NCAA tournament. In fact, the Wildcats lost in their first contest of the NIT.
His team entered this season as the No. 1 ranked team. Kentucky disappointed most of the year, but it has clearly met expectations in the dance.
As for Kevin Ollie, well, he had to take over for one of the best coaches of all time in Jim Calhoun. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill. Ollie coached his team to 20 wins in his first season. The Huskies weren’t allowed to play in the tournament, so there was really nothing Ollie could have done about that.
In year two, a lot was expected out of the Huskies and they have exceeded expectations with their run to the title game.
With that said, a championship was not expected out of Ollie this year. A championship is expected out of Calipari every single year. So, Calipari has the most to prove in this one.
After this season, the expectations will be raised for Ollie. That tends to happen when you coach for Connecticut and when you make the title game in your second season.
Regardless, both coaches are not in danger of being fired or anything like that. Calipari just has the most to prove for the simple fact that he has already won a national championship with Kentucky and since the Wildcats brought in arguably the best recruiting class of all time this season.