Kentucky coach Calipari at his best at tournament time

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats shouts to his players against the Michigan...

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats shouts to his players against the Michigan Wolverines during the midwest regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2014. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

If Kentucky beats Wisconsin on Saturday to advance to the national championship game, Raptors forward Patrick Patterson will be on the first plane to Dallas — out of Milwaukee, where Toronto plays Saturday night.

Surely wearing some Kentucky gear, Patterson might be accosted by angry Badgers fans at the airport, but he doesn’t care. He just wants to see his alma mater compete for a second title in three years.

“I wish I could be there (Saturday) ... if it wasn’t for the (Raptors) game, I’d be there sitting front row with them,” Patterson said.

Patterson is a huge fan of his old coach John Calipari and isn’t surprised Calipari’s young group — younger even than the team Patterson played on that had superstar freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, as well as Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton, who also went in the NBA first round — has come together at just the right time.


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