NEW ORLEANS — There's more to Terrence Jones than "The Rant."

Most fans assumed the talented forward was off to the NBA after Kentucky coach John Calipari's withering, 30-second tirade filled with cringe-inducing expletives was caught by cameras in a game last season.

Calipari apologized publicly, Jones stayed and the bond between the two is so tight now the sophomore calls his coach a "father figure."

The episode toughened Jones, who has dealt with more criticism this year from fans for periods of poor play and a finger injury that cost him two games.

Jones says he could have left last year and was comfortable with his draft status, but was more interested in winning a title.

He's got that chance now. Kentucky (37-2) faces Kansas (32-6) on Monday in the national championship in New Orleans.