March Madness: John Calipari gets much-needed win as Kentucky ends 4-year NCAA tournament drought

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Two nights before Kentucky’s first-round NCAA men's tournament matchup against Providence, John Calipari came away encouraged by his team’s demeanor.

There was more chatter and laughter than Calipari had heard in awhile as the Wildcats ate dinner together. Nobody had headphones in their ears. Nobody was doing their own thing off to the side.

“I slept better last night because of that,” Calipari said Thursday.

Those relaxed vibes carried over Friday night as Kentucky looked loose during what should have been a pressure-packed basketball game. The sixth-seeded Wildcats swatted aside 11th-seeded Providence, 61-53, at long last ending an 1,449-day drought without an NCAA tournament victory.

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