John Calipari says Kentucky players were crying after loss

john-calipariKentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari says some of his players were crying following the team’s 78-74 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday night, and he believes that’s a good thing.

“We had guys crying in there, which is a good thing,” Calipari said after the game. “That was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist after Indiana last year. So you had kids crying in there, and I want it to hurt like that. I knew this would get their attention in the first half.”

Calipari feels that the emotion shows how much his players care, and he believes that is a good sign for the future.

“The biggest thing is if you don’t do this together, you will not win. You’ll never be a special team. So you gotta truly do this together, and that’s both on defense and offense.”

Losing the game probably didn’t come as much of a surprise for Cal. He complained leading up to the game that his young team wasn’t ready for the contest so early in the season. Spartans coach Tom Izzo retorted that Calipari could always forfeit if he were that opposed to the game.

In the end, it was an extremely close and exciting game. Highly-touted freshman Julius Randle went for 27 and 13 and looked great, so nobody will hold it against Kentucky for losing to Michigan State by four in November when March rolls around. Like Calipari said, it’s a good sign that his players felt that badly after the loss.

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  • George D. VanHoose

    There is no crying in (Kentucky) Basketball, if a player cries, it is his own emotion and his to deal with, but a team doesn’t cry. I watched the game and saw a young team look in the eyes of disaster and individually try to carry the team rather than play as a unit. I would have liked to have been in that UK locker at halftime, because whatever Cal said or did was magical and those individuals who went in there as dazed individuals came out as a team of much wiser and determined young men. For every other team on the Wildcat’s schedule watch-out. They have Baylor, Louisville, North Carolina before the SEC begins, I predict a return to greatness in the SEC. This loss is probably the best thing that could’ve happened to this team. Time will tell.

  • Pudgy Ashburton

    Yeah, they are crying because their nba stock just dropped. Would be a shame if they had to stay in school another year before they make their millions.