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Jim Calhoun, John Calipari renew rivalry

Originally Published: March 30, 2011
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

When UConn coach Jim Calhoun and Kentucky coach John Calipari meet in the Final Four, it will be the renewal of a heated rivalry.

There were two coaches Jim Calhoun wanted to beat more than any other: Rick Pitino and John Calipari.

The reason, according to Calhoun's former longtime assistant Howie Dickenman, now the head coach at Central Connecticut State, wasn't because he disliked either one personally.

"He wanted to beat the up-and-coming hotshot guy," Dickenman said. ...

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