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Calipari named Naismith National Coach of the Year for 2nd time

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Atlanta Tipoff Club named Memphis head coach John Calipari this season's Naismith National Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

The honor comes two days after the Tigers' record season ended with a 75-68 overtime loss to Kansas in the NCAA championship game.

It's the second Naismith award for Calipari after winning in 1996 by leading the UMass Minutemen to the Final Four.

This season he led the Tigers to the program's first Final Four since 1985 and their first title game since 1973.

Memphis won an NCAA Division I record of 38 games and were ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in national polls for a school-record 16 straight weeks.

Calipari is one of five coaches in NCAA Division I history to lead two different programs to a No. 1 national ranking (UMass, Memphis). The others were Frank McGuire, Ralph Miller, Roy Williams and Eddie Sutton.

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