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Pitino's big chance in the Big Dance

Rick Pitino looks to claim John Calipari's throne after last year's Final Four exit

Updated: March 20, 2013, 11:22 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Rick Pitino did not merely lose to the Kentucky Wildcats in last year's Final Four. He lost to John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats, an entirely different deal.

Calipari was a quasi-protégé who had grown into a blood enemy, and long before he lost an NIT game to Robert Morris in a shoebox gym in Moon Township, Pa., he ended up claiming Pitino's old throne above what the Louisville coach once called "the Roman empire of college basketball."

A native New Yorker who had dared ...

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