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Calipari just unleashed an epic rant on the Selection Committee

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After getting one of the worst draws of the whole tournament, John Calipari came into his ESPN Bracketology interview with middle fingers up. Cal sounded off on the Selection Committee for Kentucky’s 4-seed, which he said wasn’t surprised by in the least.

“Wait a minute, now you’ve been following this. You’re surprised?!” Cal said to Rece Davis. “You’ve not watched this stuff over the last few years? That surprised you?”

Cal seemed particularly irked by how the selection committee’s criteria is constantly changing.

“They’re not stealing my joy, that little group of ten, who says this year, it’s Top 50 wins; last year, it’s road wins; two years ago, it was RPI. It’s a moving target!” Cal said. “They’re not stealing my joy. If they think they are, they’re out of their mind. They build my team up, thank you, thank you!”

Calipari was also irked that the results of today’s SEC Championship weren’t taken into account.

“A&M got a three-seed. Did we not play a basketball game today? I’m happy for A&M, they got a three. I said what in the world, are we going to get a three or a two? I was surprised we didn’t get a five.”

“We’ve never had it easy. I don’t want it easy. Let’s do this thing,” Cal said.

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42 Comments for Calipari just unleashed an epic rant on the Selection Committee



  1. jim tom
    8:18 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Well regardless of our seed, I take great pleasure that Ben Simmons will be sitting at home rockin his LSU gold



  2. lmdxn
    8:24 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    The swaggiest of swaggy Cal

  3. Well, we get jobbed every year, including 2012 when everyone knew we were the best team. So then we just have to play the hand dealt us.



  4. Bluemister
    8:28 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Committee disrespects SEC. They don’t care that Ky beat TAM and they don’t care that South Carolina had a good conference record. And they don’t like us or Cal. Simply true.



    • WeareBBN
      9:31 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      In fairness there is no reason to respect the SEC, it is horrible in basketball right now.



  5. Broski
    8:30 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    cal will have this team in a loose, under dog vibe for the first couple games. wouldn’t be surprised to see us roll early in the tourney



    • bbnr3
      8:22 am March 14, 2016 Permalink

      @Loother If that’s the logic then you are still going to have to explain to me how A&M gets a 3 seed with losses to Arkansas and Alabama (who we beat 3 times). They also have losses to Syracuse and Arizona State in the non conference (which rivals our losses to UCLA and Ohio St.). So unless your telling me that a Technical foul, in overtime, on the road is the deciding factor, and the SEC title game (played well enough in advance for them to modify the bracket) does not matter then I fail to see how you put A&M on the 3 line and give UK a 4. The reality of this situation is that this is all about ratings and money for the NCAA, not setting up a fair bracket. Do you think people are going to watch UK/IU? How about UK/UNC?



  6. Rick_S
    8:31 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    He’s pissed and i am too…we got screwed



    • Loother
      10:54 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      We blew a 21 point lead to Tenn and then lost by 7. That’s what got us the 4 seed…



  7. UKfanman01
    8:33 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    So SEC gets the shafting while A&M loses today and draws not only a better seed, but a far better bracket with Duke… who also were defeated by the Cats and dropped the last 2 of 3 and has more losses. The conference tournaments don’t matter but that’s how Vandy, Georgia, and South Carolina got booted and all of your small schools get in by an auto berth….. NCAA needs to be cleared from Emmert to the shoddy selection committee



  8. Bluemister
    8:36 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    How did Duke get a 4 seed? They bowed out early in their tourney and were ranked way below us even before this weekend.



    • jsh2001
      8:42 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      Gave them the highest 4 seed to boot.



  9. Bluemister
    8:38 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Tired of effing politics effing up everything.



  10. IMOBB
    8:41 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Bet the house Against em winning it. Hmm bet no-one would take that bet since it is pretty obvious we won’t.



    • Dom Pappa
      11:50 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      You some kind of stupid, you know? No, wait, you’re too dumb to know that.



  11. Ridge Runner
    8:46 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    ESPN just had aske comittee about “Why UK a 4 & A&M a 3?

    Dudes says.. Because UK lost to teams who didn’t make the tourney.

    OK..I looked at A&Ms schedule. They lost 4 games (5 if you count Syracuse who many even question being in the toruney. We lost 1 more game than they did (5).

    whewwwwwwww….. these guys are idiots and wan’t honest saying, “We didn’t count Sunday”



    • Wildcat Sheli
      8:54 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      Yes, and lost to Alabama, who we beat handily 3 times……ODD! It was clear he wanted to move on from that topic. No, sir, they did not “deserve their place”!



    • Wildcat Sheli
      8:55 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      Obvious they didn’t consider “HOW” A&M beat us . . . SO WRONG!



    • mofocatfan
      9:21 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      I counted [email protected] losing 5 games to non tourny teams. Same as us. They also lost to Arizona state, who we beat!



    • Loother
      10:55 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      We blew a 21 point lead to Tenn and then lost by 7. That’s what got us the 4 seed…



    • Dom Pappa
      11:52 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      Loother, every team had bad losses this year. Every. Body. We got hosed.



    • Loother
      9:21 am March 14, 2016 Permalink

      My team isn’t even in the tournament this year…



  12. Bluemister
    8:46 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Committee chair just said it didn’t matter that ky beat A M. We had losses against teams that didn’t make the tournament he said. A and M lost to at least 4 teams who didn’t make the dance.



  13. Ridge Runner
    8:47 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    –typos… sorry



  14. Bluemister
    8:48 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Ridge, great minds think alike.



  15. Ridge Runner
    8:50 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Gotcha Blue!



  16. Melvit
    8:51 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t know who got screwed worse, UK or North Carolina.



  17. Dickbutt
    8:53 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Bring it. If UL can beat North Carolina, so can we. I’m more concerned with WVU, should that match uo happen. They’re bigger, stronger, and more seasoned.

    Indiana shouldn’t be an issue. We’ll go into the last 60 seconds with a double digit lead and Tom Crean will still have four timeouts, then he’ll blow them all in the last ten seconds of the game hoping to come up with a fifteen point play that he can give rings out for.



    • Dickbutt
      8:53 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

      ^Should that match *up happen. Been drinking too much already, can’t type, Tom Crean sucks.



  18. rashby
    9:32 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    ^^^completely agree



  19. DT in DC
    9:41 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Does anyone have the link to the entire Cal interview? I missed it and can’t find it on the interwebs. 🙁



  20. plumloopy
    11:22 pm March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Man, with all the Crean hate this board has dished out, I’d hate to imagine if we lost to IU.

    I actually was thinking IU had the #3 seed that we were going to steal if we won today. Pssh. This is why we can’t have mediocre seasons. We can’t leave it up to the committee.

    I might have been fine with a #4 if T A&M doesn’t get the #3. And they didn’t put us with IU as the 5, in NC’s region. I could have lived with it just fine otherwise.



    • UKDeebert
      8:29 am March 14, 2016 Permalink

      Doesn’t matter. They’ve screwed us when we were the overall #1 seed.



  21. willyclyde
    12:05 am March 14, 2016 Permalink

    It’s all money and politics. They have no formula



    • ukbradstith
      12:13 am March 14, 2016 Permalink

      If it was about money we’d have the easiest road since we get the highest ratings.



  22. [email protected]
    12:10 am March 14, 2016 Permalink

    I have to think that NC is a little concerned with UK in their bracket.



  23. EdC
    6:04 am March 14, 2016 Permalink

    The NCAA has all the credibility of FIFA. A bunch of corrupt A-holes.



  24. catlife9
    7:50 am March 14, 2016 Permalink

    Everyone keeps bringing up the Tennessee loss like its some sort of justification for this?! Ok, take that loss into consideration, but does the whipping we put on them just a few weeks later not count? Every single team that beat us, if we got another chance at them, we beat them right back! We only got better throughout the year. So I don’t respect the excuses.. We were pushed back, in an attempt to get us out of the way, just like every year.



  25. Wildcat Sheli
    12:38 pm March 14, 2016 Permalink

    Something that has not been talked about much is our win over Duke. This should have played a factor to the committee. We dominated them. But the scoreboard only shows we won by 11. Let’s put 2 and 2 together here: who officiated? Doug Sirmons, Roger Ayers and Tony Greene. I like Greene, but the other 2? Well . . .