John Calipari calls out Duke for flopping

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari ripped into Duke’s players for flopping during Tuesday’s game between the teams.

Duke senior forward Ryan Kelly was trying for a put-back right before halftime when he flopped on his back in an attempt to draw a call. The call from the officials did not come, but the call out from Calipari certainly did.

“They’re flopping all over the place,” Calipari told halftime interviewer Andy Katz. “In the NBA, they’d all be suspended.”

Calipari also complained about the foul trouble his team was in.

Duke is notorious for its flopping, and their acting is one of the reasons people hate them so much. The good news is at least Dick Vitale didn’t cover for the Blue Devils like he did last year.

Video of the Ryan Kelly flop is below:

After Duke won 75-68, Calipari was asked about his halftime comment and called it a joke.

“It was a joke. You guys at Duke can take a joke, right?” he reportedly said.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski defended his team’s play.

“I mean, he has a right to say whatever he wants,” Krzyzewski said, via the Raleigh News & Observer. “I thought we took some amazing charges, and I thought we probably could have taken a couple more. There’s a difference between a charge and a flop. A flop means you don’t take any contact. I would hope that anyone who watches the game would say that our kids really played outstanding defense and were there to take charges.”

Sorry to break it to you, Coach K, but your team definitely flopped. At least you can claim scoreboard over the Wildcats for now.

H/T @cjzero

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  • Kevin Keogh

    Calipari on Duke at halftime: They’re flopping all over the place. In the NBA, they’d all be fined.
    Coach K after the game: WE don’t make any money, so we can’t be fined.

  • Paul Bouknight

    Kentucky flopped the last two minutes of the game.  This reporter does not know how to play defense in BB.  A”flop” is performed/executed on defense, not offense.  The example of Kelly proves that haters are going to hate.  

  • David Oliver

    Haters: Have your fun now…just wait till March

  • http://www.facebook.com/psmoore0 Patrick Moore

    lets go LEHIGH

  • GolfGal75

    When you lose to Lehigh, you lose to college students.  When you lose to Kentucky, you lose to  one-and-dones for the most part.   Duke is 8 and 12 against Kentucky all-time, 7-1 against Kentucky since March of 1978. Just the first time Cal has lost to Duke ….other coaches actually had some students on the teams. 

  • Bdeviling1

    There is no ambiguity in the won-loss column

  • Chris Hardwick

    To the “one and done” professional…..sour grapes!

  • Chris Hardwick

    Cal is a great coach………..so no excuses coach

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N5SHWPBHDHJGSK5ZGAKG42GFDE Eric

    LOL i agree Paul.. you flop on defense, that was an offensive play and he back from the shot.. This reported mos def doesnt understand b-ball..

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Flops have also come to describe any sort of exaggerated acting on the basketball court. That’s why that example applied.

  • http://twitter.com/smailliwcd Dick Williams

    A successful Division I college basketball coach making excuses?!  Does he really now believe that a loss must mean that he was cheated somehow? What a narcissist.