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The Kentucky Wildcats are looking like one of the best teams in the country with the way they have played since their loss to Notre Dame . We are starting to see them rise back up the rankings as they now sit at No. 12. Former Kentucky coach and current Iona Gaels coach Rick Pitino says he watches a lot of In a press conference with the media, Pitino was asked about the tweet and who he sees as the best teams in college basketball this season . The Gonzaga Bulldogs are his favorite to win the title because “they have all the answers.” However, Pitino added that Kentucky is his most improved

Rick Pitino caught the attention of the college basketball world after his Iona Gaels upset top-seeded Siena in the MAAC tournament. It’s conference tournament week in college basketball , giving fans an opportunity to watch non-stop action as programs compete for automatic berths to the Big Dance. But rather than focus on the second round of the ACC tournament or the opening Big Ten games, plenty of attention was on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals.

Rick Pitino led Kentucky basketball to immense success but, now coaching at Iona, the former Wildcats leader had some big praise for his former team.

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John Calipari is getting Kentucky basketball prepared for a monstrous SEC matchup on the weekend as the Wildcats will take on the No. 2-ranked Auburn Tigers on Saturday, a team that many around the sport believe could be the best team in the country right now.

While Auburn is the toast of college hoops, though, Kentucky has made tremendous strides throughout the season. They got off to a bit of an inauspicious start but have come out on the other side as a team that looks like a real threat to challenge in the SEC and perhaps make a run in March Madness.

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UK Coach Rick Pitino talks with his team during a time out late in the game Charles Bertram | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader. While members of Kentucky ’s 1995-96 national championship basketball team are down in Miami this week, soaking up the sun and having some fun while basking in the “Our program’s rich history means we have many teams worthy of recognition each season ,” said UK Athletics in a statement on Tuesday when asked about Pitino ’s comments. “Foremost on that list is the 1996 team, one of the greatest in college basketball history. We were pleased to be able to honor

– Here in Rick Pitino 's perfect spring, where every day is kissed by karma and the good times never stop, it is easy to forget where the man was two years ago. He was ready to hang it up. While Pitino and his players regrouped at halftime, Goldencents was running in the Santa Anita Derby – a key qualifying race for the Kentucky Derby under the new points system for entry into the field. Equipment manager Vinny Tatum watched the race and saw Goldencents pull off the upset victory, punching his ticket to the Derby.

One person who is taking notice, however, is former Kentucky basketball head coach and current Iona Gaels head coach Rick Pitino.

Kentucky basketball: Rick Pitino praises Wildcats for massive improvement

During an interview with, Pitino called Kentucky the most improved team in college basketball this season, saying, "Kentucky has made the greatest strides. Kentucky's always been very young. They're no longer young, they have experience, along with outstanding young players."

For good measure, Pitino also listed the Wildcats among the teams he believes have a chance to make the Final Four (and he added his Gaels to that mix too, because why not):

While what Pitino is saying is evident to anyone watching the Wildcats right now, the fact of the matter is that it's good to see a coaching legend (and someone familiar with Big Blue Nation), see the same things.

For more NCAA basketball news, analysis, opinion and features, check out more from the FanSided college basketball section to stay on top of the latest action.

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