"My job is just to get my team to play as well as they can play. They'll take us where we're going. It's not going to be me," Calipari said. "As far as this being the best unit, I'm going to tell you, in '96 I had a heck of a team, 2008, a heck of a team. Last year's team, heck of team."
None of those teams won it all for Calipari, who has been to Final Fours with three schools even though trips by Massachusetts and Memphis were later vacated by the NCAA because of rules violations.
Kentucky, a No. 1 seed for the 11th time, would face either Iowa State or defending national champion Connecticut on Saturday if the Wildcats beat the Hilltoppers in a South region filled with demons from their past and present.
The Huskies eliminated Kentucky last year and the Wildcats could face Indiana and Duke later in the tournament. The former has handed the Wildcats one of their two losses this year, the latter — and Christian Laettner — knocked them out of the 1992 tournament with "The Shot."
At Kentucky, national championships are expected. And the natives are restless — they haven't won since 1998.
Calipari's third straight No. 1 freshman class and a trio of holdovers — Doron Lamb, Darius Miller and Jones — have been preparing all season to end the title drought.
"Since day one we've been working hard for this tournament, getting ready for this," Lamb said. "We have to prove to the world that we are the best team in the country."
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