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John Calipari seemingly takes shot at Indiana fans

john-calipariKentucky will likely never play another game at Assembly Hall as long as John Calipari is the coach of the Wildcats. Calipari has expressed a willingness to play Indiana at a neutral site, but he has no interest in a home-and-home series with the Hoosiers. One of the reasons for that dates back to a major upset during the 2011-2012 season.

Indiana defeated then-No. 1 Kentucky back in December 2011. Hoosiers fans went ballistic and rushed the court after the win. Earlier this week, Calipari seemed to take a shot at Indiana fans during his radio show.

“We don’t have obnoxious — well, we may but I never hear them — we don’t treat the other team with disrespect,” Calipari said, via Kentucky Sports Radio. “If we won a game against the No. 1 team in the country in Rupp Arena, would people charge the court? No. You’re supposed to (win). This is Kentucky. We don’t do that here.”

Calipari is not the only head coach in the country who believes his fans should not rush the court, but it seemed pretty obvious that his comments were aimed at Indiana. Calipari does not like the Hoosiers, and I’m sure the hatred is mutual. Unfortunately for Indiana, that hatred has resulted in a quality opponent freezing them out.

H/T Courier-Journal

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.

John Calipari’s daughter takes shot at Louisville fans over cartoon (Picture)

Rooting for injuries is never a classy thing to do, but it’s safe to say there are very few Louisville fans who are weeping over the fact that Kentucky has lost freshman Nerlens Noel for the remainder of the season.

Noel, who was averaging over 10 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game, suffered a season-ending knee injury during a loss to Florida on Feb. 12. The Wildcats are now in danger of missing the NCAA tournament, which a cartoon in the Courier Journal reminded everyone of on Wednesday. Via The Cardinal Connect:

Louisville-Nerlens-Noel-cartoon

Erin Calipari, the 26-year-old daughter of Kentucky coach John Calipari, was apparently offended by the drawing. She decided to come up with a cartoon of her own after seeing it, which she posted on Twitter:

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John Calipari perfects the ‘not impressed’ face during loss to Notre Dame (Picture)

John Calipari had very little to smile about during No. 7 Kentucky’s stunning loss to unranked Notre Dame on Thursday night. His Wildcats managed only 50 points and were dominated by the Fighting Irish from start to finish. In fact, Calipari seemed so frustrated at times that we would even dare say he was “not impressed.”

This past Halloween, a number of people (including this US women’s soccer star) spent time trying to perfect the face that US gymast McKayla Maroney made famous at the London Olympics. As you can see from the photo above that Jon Hale shared with us on Twitter, Kentucky’s performance on Thursday night resulted in Calipari nailing the expression without even trying.

I bet even McKayla would be impressed.

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:

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Is ESPN’s ‘All-Access Kentucky’ show a recruiting tool for John Calipari?

In a developing story that should surprise literally no one, ESPN’s new “All-Access Kentucky” show has caused a stir among college basketball coaches, analysts and fans. The new reality show, which has aired two episodes, documents Kentucky’s preparation for an upcoming season in which they will defend their NCAA title. But is it fair?

Kentucky coach John Calipari says he agreed to the show because he wanted to try to disspel the negative perception that accompanies one-and-done players. At Southeastern Conference Basketball Media Day on Thursday, Florida coach Billy Donovan said the show is a distraction and possibly a recruiting tool.

“I wouldn’t want the disruption of our guys knowing there is something going on right now and how that would impact what we need to get done,” Donovan said according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “… I do think if you are using it as a recruiting tool, I don’t think that’s right. … I wouldn’t do it as a recruiting tool because you are in practice with players who are in our program right now, you are practicing with your guys.”

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John Calipari boasts about Kentucky having six NBA Draft prospects

Kentucky won the national championship in college basketball last season and is the program that will be most strongly represented at the NBA Draft. They have two players expected to go in the top five (and possibly top three), and four others expected to be drafted as well.

Coach John Calipari took a moment on Tuesday to brag about that fact. He sent the following tweet:

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller, and Marquis Teague are all expected to be selected on Thursday. That’s half of Kentucky’s team. What’s the point? If you’re a high school basketball player and your dream is to play in the NBA, going to Kentucky with John Calipari is a good idea.

Oh, and once again, Calipari is using Twitter to brag about something.

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