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Mar 12

Calipari talks Hilltoppers, Sean Woods

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will play one of two teams in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, one of which possibly could be Western Kentucky University.
The Hilltoppers fired one coach — Ken McDonald — slapped the interim tag on another – Ray Harper – and then eventually hired Harper, and won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament all in a span of three months.
Western’s first task is taking on Mississippi Valley State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the Dayton Arena. MVSU is led by former University of Kentucky guard Sean Woods, adding another plot to the list of story lines brewing in the South Region, where the Wildcats are the No, 1 seed.
Calipari offered his thoughts on Western Kentucky and Woods following his team’s return from the Southeastern Conference Tournament Sunday night at his residence.
On Woods:
“He’s a great kid, great coach,” Calipari said. “He and I have stayed in touch and obviously we’ve played them here and he’s done a terrific job. We’re all proud of him because he’s a good guy. … I’ve known Sean for a long, long time.”
On Western: “(The run they’ve made) has been terrific. Back in the old days, from what I understand, (Kentucky) wouldn’t play Western was in the NCAA Tournament. It’s always tough with a coaching change on young people and for those guys and their coach to do what they’ve done is just phenomenal. There’s a team that’s going to be on a mission if that’s the first opponent you have. It’s not going to be easy.”

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