Kent Taylor: Calipari should get rare win over nemesis Huggins

Kent Taylor: Calipari should get rare win over nemesis Huggins

CLEVELAND, OHIO (WAVE) - Kentucky's pursuit of perfection continues here in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday night.

UK, already the first team in NCAA men's history to start a season 36-0, tries to get to 37-0 against West Virginia.

The Mountaineers are brash and cocky. They like to force the tempo, turning over their opponents an average of 20 times a game.

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The Cats welcome the next challenge.

I'm not sure what to make of the head-to-head record of WVU head coach Bob Huggins and John Calipari. Huggins is 8-2 against Cal. While I'm tempted to say that won't be factor in this one, I can't help but think back to the Mountaineers' 73-66 win over UK in 2010.

That was a Kentucky team that, like this team, had been penciled in early to the Final Four in Indianapolis. The Cats featured five players who would be picked in the first round of the NBA Draft that June. I left the Carrier Dome that day shocked that I would be going to the Final Four as a fan, off the clock.

That said, this Kentucky team doesn't have a glaring flaw, like the outside shooting that doomed that Kentucky squad in the 2010 Elite Eight.

These Cats have answered every challenge. I think this game could be close, but Kentucky has too much size and athleticism for WVU.

From here on out, there is the potential for some last-minute drama against teams more talented than those the Cats faced in the SEC, but I think a game like that is more likely for Saturday, when either Notre Dame or Wichita State could present some unique challenges.

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