When Kentucky Coach John Calipari was talking to a group of 15 Chinese basketball coaches at his home last November, one pointed to Calipari’s hulking German shepherd, Dash.
Through an interpreter, she asked Calipari, “Is that the mean and nimble one?”
Calipari was stunned.
“How do you know about the mean and nimble one?” Calipari asked.
“Twitter and Facebook,” she said.
The exchange demonstrated that Calipari’s social networking spans worldwide. And as his top-seeded Wildcats (34-2) have shown in the N.C.A.A. tournament entering Thursday’s game in the East Region semifinals against No. 12 seed Cornell (29-4), the competition is not close.