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John Calipari’s daughter Megan sends sweet tweet about dad after loss

Megan Calipari

John Calipari may be feeling down about his team losing in the championship game to UConn, but at least he has his family to pick him up.

Shortly after Kentucky lost 60-54 to UConn, Cal’s daughter Megan sent these nice tweets:

We figure she meant “couldn’t” be more proud of the team, because she followed up with this:

How sweet was that? That would easily make any father feel instantly better.

Things took a humorous turn when John’s other daughter, Erin, responded to her sister with this tweet:

Erin always has had a sharp edge. She also sent this to Rex Chapman after the former Kentucky player started a frenzy by tweeting that Calipari was headed to the Lakers:

As soon as those rumors pop up, Erin and Megan are the ones who hear it from the fans the most. We don’t envy being in their position. At least they’re both supportive of their father no matter what happens.

No, Drake did not celebrate with UConn after championship game

All the Twitter haters were out in full force after UConn beat Kentucky in the title game on Monday night, and many of them had their sights set on rapper Drake.

Drake has developed a reputation as a bandwaggon fan for celebrating with the Miami Heat and Kentucky Wildcats after some of their big wins. He also is a fan of his hometown Toronto Raptors and Blue Jays, and he was even seen wearing a VCU sweatshirt when the Rams made the Final Four.

Naturally, as soon as Kentucky lost, people started clowning Drake. But things got out of hand when this photo of Drake supposedly “celebrating” with UConn after the win started making the rounds:

Drake Rip Hamilton UConn

Unfortunately for all the haters, that photo was shared by UConn alum Rip Hamilton prior to the game starting. And he probably took and shared the picture because he was excited to see Drake.

“Wit my family World Wide Wes and @champagnepapi at NCAA Championship Game. They Cheering for the otherside so off wit their Hea_ #holdat #Uconn” Rip wrote.

Drake may be a bandwaggon guy, but he hasn’t jumped aboard the Huskies van yet, though that does seem like something UConn is intent on changing.

Very well done, UConn.

John Calipari explains why Kentucky didn’t foul at end of game

John CalipariThe last minute of competitive basketball games generally takes a long time to play out because the losing team tends to foul to try keeping the game close. That did not happen in the NCAA Tournament title game on Monday night between UConn and Kentucky, and John Calipari explained why after the game.

The Kentucky coach told CBS’ Tracy Wolfson that Kentucky didn’t foul because UConn was too great at their free throws.

“I needed to do a couple more things to help [my team], to get them over the hump, and we just didn’t have enough,” Calipari said.

He then went on to explain why they didn’t foul.

“We couldn’t foul late. I know everyone’s [asking] ‘why didn’t you foul?’ Because they’re not missing! Those two guards never miss! Our best chance was two-possession game, stop them, make a basket, timeout, try to steal — that was our best chance.”

Calipari also added that he thought at halftime that they would win the game. They came close, but fell short.

Calipari’s reasoning actually makes sense. UConn went 10-of-10 at the free throw line in the title game and set a tournament record for highest free throw percentage. Hoping for them to miss at the line was a longshot. The real problem was the same one Calipari has experienced before; his team couldn’t make free throws.

Shabazz Napier has message for NCAA after winning title

Shabazz Napier UConn

Shabazz Napier had a message for the NCAA after leading UConn to the National Championship with a 60-54 win over Kentucky on Monday.

The senior guard, who won the title as a freshman and book-ended his career with another title as a senior, let loose in his postgame interview with CBS’ Jim Nantz.

“Honestly, I want to get everyone’s attention right quick,” Napier began, signifying he had something important to say. “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re looking at the Hungry Huskies. This is what happens when you ban us. Two years. We worked so hard for it. Two years and hungry. Hungry Huskies.”

Napier was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, so he definitely had some leeway to say what he wanted.

UConn was banned from the postseason last year for not meeting the NCAA’s academic requirements. It’s not like they were ratted out for breaking recruiting rules or something — they couldn’t make grades. But, hey, if that’s what motivated the team, then let’s not stand in Shabazz’s way.

UConn wins NCAA title, sets tournament record for free throws

Kevin Ollie UConn

UConn was stellar from the free throw line in their National Championship Game win over Kentucky on Monday night, which followed a record-setting pattern established by the Huskies during their March Madness run.

UConn beat Kentucky 60-54 and went 10-of-10 on free throws in the game. Kentucky, on the other hand, was 13-of-24. The difference between the two teams’ success at the line could be the exact reason why UConn won while Kentucky lost.

But this is exactly what UConn has done all tournament.

The Huskies went 21-for-22 at the line in the regional final against Michigan State to earn a berth to the Final Four. They were 10-of-13 at the line in the Final Four against Florida to earn a trip to the championship game.

According to CBS Sports’ Tony Moss, UConn went 101-115 (87.8%) from the line during the tournament, which broke the record of 87.0% (47-54) by St. John’s in 1969.

James Young dunks on half of UConn’s defense (Video)

Just when UConn was starting to pull away from Kentucky in the second half of the NCAA Tournament’s National Championship Game, James Young did his best to regenerate some momentum.

The freshman guard threw down just a ridiculous dunk over about half of UConn’s defense to give the Wildcats a much-needed bucket. He even got Amida Brimah to be called for a fourth foul on the play!

Look at what he had to dunk over:

James Young dunk Kentucky

And he still made it happen.

Image via @Jose3030

Rex Chapman: John Calipari is going to coach Lakers

John Calipari KentuckyFormer Kentucky star and NBA player Rex Chapman created some major waves on the college and pro basketball scene when he tweeted prior to Monday’s National Championship Game that current Wildcats coach John Calipari would be taking the Los Angeles Lakers coaching job.

The feeling has long been that Mike D’Antoni, fairly or unfairly, would not be back as Lakers head coach next season following this year’s disaster. The rumor received more credibility when another report said Kobe Bryant did not want to play for D’Antoni.

As you could imagine, the Lakers have denied the rumor.

“I spoke to [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak and he said the rumor is untrue,” Lakers spokesman John Black said via the Los Angeles Times. “Mike D’Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversations about any specific names for any replacement.”

D’Antoni is currently employed by the team, so what would you expect them to say? Yeah, we’re firing Mike and hiring John? Of course they were going to deny it.

The question is would Calipari actually leave Kentucky for the Lakers? Cal is only 55 and still has plenty of years left in him. His run with the Nets did not go the way he wanted — he was fired during his third season — so maybe he would want to prove he can coach at the highest level. Plus, let’s be real here, it’s not like he has huge ties to Kentucky; this is only his fifth season there and he’s already won one title and been to two championship games and three Final Fours. Maybe he felt more inclined to leave after all the fans started crushing him amid the shaky season at Kentucky this year.