College basketball analyst Clark Kellogg intrigued by Kentucky in Final Four -- win or lose

Ryan, Calipari Talk Final Four Matchup
Ryan, Calipari Talk Final Four Matchup


Is Kentucky on its way to becoming the greatest team in college basketball history?

"I wouldn't say that," CBS analyst Clark Kellogg said on the phone on Friday morning. "You have to look at the '09 North Carolina team, the '96 and '12 Kentucky teams and UNLV and some Duke teams. But if they can win two more games, it'll put them on a short list and certainly distinguish them."

Kellogg, promoting the Capital One Cup on the eve of the Final Four, was hesitant to crown John Calipari's crew right away and also admitted to being very intrigued by the fate of the top-ranked Wildcats.

Will they cross the finish line and complete a perfect campaign, or will they be picked off? No matter the narrative, this weekend is sure to be exciting for fans.

"It's always a real treat, and it never gets old," Kellogg said. "With the quality of coaches and players, it's setting up a fantastic weekend."

There's a plethora of juicy storylines surrounding the other three programs, but Kentucky, which takes on Wisconsin in the late game Saturday, will be the hottest topic.

"For the masses, because of the underdog nature of our country, pulling off an upset would be the most exciting thing. But for me personally, I like both sides of it," Kellog said. "A team has the chance to do something historic, but it'd be exciting if a team prevented it."

In its fifth year, the Capital One Cup is awarded annually to each of the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the country, with Capital One giving a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships and the Capital One Cup trophy to the winning schools in July.

Michigan State, slated to face Duke in the early game, is currently sitting in 12th place in the Cup standings, according to Kellogg. The Capital One Cup awards more points to season-end finishes in certain sports, one of which is basketball, and the winner of Monday's national championship takes home 60 points. With a win over Duke and then in the title game, the Spartans could surge ahead of the first-place Ohio State Buckeyes, who captured national championships in football and wrestling.

Kentucky, Wisconsin and Duke would crack the top 10 by winning the national title, according to Kellogg.

"The Capital One Cup," Kellog said, "is about rewarding our student-athletes and rewarding excellence on and off the court."

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