Joe Paterno’s Grand Experiment is lying in a heap in the middle of Pennsylvania. About 500 miles to the southwest, however, in Lexington, Kentucky, a more realistic Grand Experiment in college sports is taking place.
John Calipari of the University of Kentucky has the best odds to win the men’s college basketball championship among the coaches at this weekend’s Final Four. He also has the most incentive, at least financially.
The University of Kentucky and its five freshman starters completed the Final Four of college basketball’s national tournament, which features two schools that were seeded seventh or worse in their region for the third time in 36 years.
The University of Kentucky and University of Connecticut both won at the Final Four to set up college basketball’s most improbable championship game matchup since the national tournament started seeding teams in 1979.
The University of Kentucky ousted defending champion Louisville 74-69 and Michigan State knocked off East Region top seed Virginia 61-59 to complete the final eight at the men’s national college basketball tournament.