Saturday, March 27, 2010
Chameleon coaches meet in Elite Eight
By Andy Katz
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Bob Huggins had to ease into the West Virginia job three years ago, meeting the players in the middle at times after they were schooled in the nuances of John Beilein's system.
John Calipari didn't necessarily force his dribble-drive-motion offense on any of Kentucky's returning players. But he had the luxury of knowing that they would do what he wanted without question in the fall since there were more contributing newcomers than returnees.
How each of the coaches seamlessly handled meshing former players and their own recruited talent helped speed up the process that put Kentucky and West Virginia on a collision course for a Final Four berth on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.