But Tech’s win also stopped two longstanding streaks, both of which have a connection with Kentucky coach John Calipari.
First, Tech coach Josh Pastner became the first former Calipari assistant to defeat him head-to-head. Until Sunday, former Calipari assistants were 0-17 against him, including Tech’s loss at Kentucky last season. (As head coaches, they have not made much of a mark. To the degree that Pastner can be counted as part of Calipari’s coaching tree — he was on Calipari’s staff for one season at Memphis, in 2008-09 — he is by far the most successful. Only one other former Calipari assistant — Tony Barbee — became a head coach at a power-conference school, according to coachesdatabase.com, and he was 49-75 at Auburn in four seasons before getting fired in 2014.)