Let me again tell you what I’ve said for about eight years … ” Carney, the presidential press secretary, explains White House positions, sometimes again and again as reporters angle for fresh insights. Calipari explained his earlier references to 40-0 as wishful thinking. It’s a vague wouldn’t-it-be-great thing, not a serious objective that must be achieved, he said. “I’ve said, before I retire, I’d love to coach a team that goes 40-0 … ,” Calipari said. “Will that happen? I don’t know. Every game we play, we play to win. We’re not playing any game not to win.” Calipari acknowledged that his references to a 40-0 record were not simply idle daydreams of his perfect basketball world. There was a bit of Cal-culation in the references to what would be the best single-season record in the history of college basketball. By definition, a 40-0 record means the team must win every game no matter the perceived quality of the opponent. “The reason I like the mentality of every game matters is you don’t want to get upset by people you shouldn’t get beat by,” Calipari said. “That game (versus, say, Northern Kentucky on Nov.
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