Leading his team to a 38-0 start was enough for the Associated Press to name Kentucky head coach John Calipari Coach of the Year.
Calipari received 40 first-place votes. Virginia’s Tony Bennett was given nine first place votes, and Notre Dame’s Mike Brey received five.
Kentucky ran the table in the regular season, with close games few and far between. Of all his great teams, this might be Calipari’s best coaching job yet.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky was named AP Player of the Year, receiving 58 first-place votes and running away from the competition. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor received five votes. Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant also received a vote.
Kaminsky averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds a game for Wisconsin, who won the Big Ten and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.