John Calipari went on The Jim Rome Show this afternoon to discuss his team’s Sweet 16 berth. With the road to the Final Four surprisingly open now that so many top seeds lost, Calipari joked that he’s afraid the NCAA might reseed the field and send Kentucky out to Los Angeles.
“They’re talking about our little corner of the world where they put us in the meat grinder but everybody got beat! So, now, all of a sudden, I’m worrying about them wanting to reseed the field and we haven’t got any plans to go to Atlanta because I’m afraid they may send us to [Los Angeles].”
Jokes aside, Calipari insists that the South Region still presents some formidable challenges, starting with the toughest game UK’s played since the SEC Tournament.
“Like Loyola, everybody is like, ‘eh.’ They beat Miami and Tennessee! Tennessee beat our brains in. Nevada comes from 22 down to Cincinnati and Texas 14 down and they’re still playing. Kansas State, without their leading scorer, ends up beating Creighton, who is one of those teams who can score? I’m looking at it saying, I’m telling my guys, don’t listen to all these talking heads. They’ve never coached, they’ve never played in this thing.”
“We have a challenge ahead of us Thursday. Forget about anything else. Our game against Kansas State is going to be the hardest game since our own tournament.”
Beat Kansas State.