Swaggy Cal and his equally swaggy Cats are back – The Athletic

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Swaggy Cal and his equally swaggy Cats are back – The Athletic

LOUISVILLE – Remember when Kentucky basketball was a summertime sensation, a steamrolling, chest-bumping, shot-swishing, slam-dunking machine made of five-star parts and powered by rocket fuel-grade swagger? You know, before Duke pulled up in a Death Star and reduced the Wildcats to a mangled mess of scrap metal on opening night?

After a few touch-and-go weeks in the shop for intensive repairs, bordering on a total rebuild, John Calipari’s team looks fully restored after roaring back into the national spotlight the last two weekends with marquee wins away from home, 80-72 over North Carolina in Chicago last week and 71-58 at rival Louisville on Saturday. The Wildcats led the Tar Heels for 35 minutes and the Cardinals for 36 – which is to say they were in control of both games from start to finish.

“It feels like the Bahamas again, where we’re having fun and just going out there and competing,” said freshman Tyler Herro, whose long and frustrating search…

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