UK head coach John Calipari, left, was dejected after they lost their first round NCAA Tournament game against Saint Peter’s at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, In. on Mar. 17, 2022. Saint Peter’s won 85-79 in OT. Uk Saints05 Sam

Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari is a Hall of Famer and one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history. But following Kentucky’s stunning loss to the St. Peter’s Peacocks on Thursday, Calipari is facing a lot of criticism.

Any way you slice it, that loss is one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history. It was only the 10th 2 vs. 15 seed upset in men’s tournament history. In terms of program prestige, you’re not going to get a much wider disparity than Kentucky — whose eight National Championships are the second-most ever — and St. Peter’s — who prior to Thursday had never won an NCAA Tournament game.

Calipari came under heavy fire in the immediate aftermath of the stunning upset.

Calipari’s record is 763-239, or 809-239 if vacated victories are counted. Given that, as well as the number of future NBA stars that he’s coached at UMass, Memphis, and now Kentucky, it would stand to reason that he’d have multiple National Championships.

But Kentucky’s victory in 2012 remains Calipari’s only championship. That team not only had an all-time star in Anthony Davis, but Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the first players from the same school to be taken No. 1 and No. 2 in the NBA Draft. That year’s draft featured had a total of four first-rounders and six Wildcats players drafted that year.

Otherwise, with the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Derrick Rose, John Wall, and Marcus Camby, just to name a few, Calipari has consistently fallen short.

We doubt that Calipari is on the hot seat at Kentucky. But this probably isn’t the time to ask for a raise, either.

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