As soon as John Calipari made it to the podium following today’s Elite Eight buzzer-beating loss to North Carolina, he directed his attention to the officials — Keith Kimble, Mike Reed and John Higgins.
“You know, it’s amazing that we were in that game where they practically fouled out my team,” Coach Cal said. “Amazing that we had a chance. So proud of how these guys fought.”
Isaiah Briscoe was the only Kentucky starter who didn’t have at least two fouls at halftime. Still, Calipari couldn’t put the loss entirely on the officials’ shoulders. Instead, he applauded his team’s fight and North Carolina’s play.
“Hats off to Carolina. What a great team. Well-coached. Roy deserves to be there. They out-played us, but I am proud of these guys. Really am.”