John Calipari Has Strong Words For Kentucky, Tennessee
John Calipari had strong words for both Kentucky and Tennessee following Tuesday night’s outing.
The Volunteers ultimately walked away with an 81-73 come-from-behind victory after a strong second-half resurgence.
Calipari was understandably not all too pleased with how his kids squandered a 17-point advantage. At one point in the second half, Kentucky was up 51-34. Unfortunately they simply could not hold on to the lead.
The Volunteers went on a 29-9 run over a 10-minute stretch to take control of the showing.
According to ESPN, heading into this match-up, Kentucky had a 10-year 129-0 streak of emerging victorious from games in which they had a double digit lead at halftime. That is not over.
“We got manhandled. I got manhandled,” Calipari said. “This is one that I know I gotta watch the tape.”
Given how important of an SEC battle this game was, it is understandably why Calipari would feel so strongly about the outcome.
“The game got physical, and we couldn’t compete. It just got physical. We tried different ways to score, and we just had nothing. We couldn’t throw it to the post; we tried to open up the court and couldn’t get by people.
“But give credit to Tennessee; they could’ve gone away down 17, but that’s [Volunteers coach] Rick Barnes.”
Tennessee initially looked dead in the water as far as the NCAA Tournament went. However, with this victory, the Volunteers are very much back in the mix. It will be interesting to see how the program fares in the SEC Tournament, as that will likely determine their fate once and for all.