Why does Calipari keep falling short of national titles?

Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts to play against North Carolina in the first half of the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Kentucky’s loss to North Carolina in the Elite Eight on Sunday was an instant classic. That won’t make Wildcats fans feel any better on Monday.

Once again, a Kentucky team chock-full of NBA-caliber players came up short of a national title. And the ending to this season likely will be in the nightmares of Big Blue Nation for years to come.

Malik Monk hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game with 7.2 seconds left. But it ultimately didn’t matter. North Carolina quickly pushed the ball up the court, and Luke Maye swished a jumper with 0.3 seconds remaining.

Here’s that amazing end-of-game sequence:

Here are Kentucky fans experiencing all of the feels:

Here are all of the game’s highlights:

This isn’t a terrible idea:

Kentucky players took the loss hard:

Here’s a sampling of the post-game reaction on Twitter:

This is a positive way to think about it:

There’s a legitimate argument to be made that Kentucky fans deserve better.

North Carolina, which is heading to the Final Four for the second straight year, hasn’t had a one-and-done player since 2007. John Calipari, on the other hand, has coached 18 of them, and De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo are widely-regarded as first-round picks this year if they leave school early.

To put it simply, Calipari has coached A LOT of good players at Kentucky:

But he has only one national title to show for it:

There’s plenty of reason to defend Calipari, too:

What do you think? Has Calipari underachieved winning only one national championship at Kentucky?

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