Kentucky's John Calipari, who led Wildcats to 38-0 record, honored as AP's Coach of the Year



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Kentucky head coach John Calipari, right, holds up his AP College Basketball Coach of the Year trophy with Associated Press Deputy Sports Editor Noreen Gillespie at a news conference for the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, April 3, 2015, in Indianapolis. Kentucky plays Wisconsin on Saturday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Kentucky head coach John Calipari sits by his AP College Basketball Coach of the Year trophy during a news conference for the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, April 3, 2015, in Indianapolis. Kentucky plays Wisconsin on Saturday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Associated Press Deputy Sports Editor Noreen Gillespie, right, presents Kentucky head coach John Calipari with his AP College Basketball Coach of the Year trophy during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, April 3, 2015, in Indianapolis. Kentucky plays Wisconsin on Saturday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


FILE - In this March 13, 2015, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts to play against Florida during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarter final round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Calipari, whose Kentucky team is the first in 24 years to reach the Final Four undefeated, has been selected The Associated Press' coach of the year, Friday, April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)


FILE - In this March 28, 2015, file photo, Kentucky coach John Calipari smiles during his news conference after Kentucky's 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals in Cleveland. Calipari, whose Kentucky team is the first in 24 years to reach the Final Four undefeated, has been selected The Associated Press' coach of the year, Friday, April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk, File)


Kentucky head coach John Calipari answers a question during a news conference for the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


INDIANAPOLIS — John Calipari, whose Kentucky team is the first in 24 years to reach the Final Four undefeated, has been selected The Associated Press' coach of the year.

The Wildcats were the talk of the college basketball this season in winning the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament championships. They were ranked No. 1 the entire season and were a unanimous choice for 12 weeks.

Many thought Kentucky had so much talent that it would be hard to instill a team-first attitude. Calipari started the season with two five-man units he substituted in groups. It worked well enough that eight players in the rotation are averaging between 5.6 and 11.0 points a game.

Calipari is the third Kentucky coach to win the award, which started in 1967. Eddie Sutton won in 1986 and Tubby Smith in 2003.

Calipari received 40 votes Friday from the 65-member national media panel that picks the weekly Top 25.

Tony Bennett of Virginia was second with nine votes while Mike Brey of Notre Dame got five.

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