Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari and his players received a generous No. 4 seed from the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee earlier tonight, but that didn’t stop the Hall of Famer from speaking his mind on the matter.
Appearing on ESPN, Calipari lashed out at the committee for only giving Kentucky a No. 4 seed, apparently irritated that the Wildcats’ SEC rival Texas A&M got a No. 3 seed despite losing to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament Final this afternoon. Calipari’s comments about the committee were posted to Twitter by multiple sources including Jon Solomon of CBS Sports and Jeffrey Collins of the AP.
John Calipari on ESPN eloquently taking on committee on inconsistencies of seeding
— Keith Morehouse (@KeithMorehouse) March 13, 2016
John Calipari: "A&M got a 3 seed. Did we not play a basketball game today?"
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) March 13, 2016
Calipari rant on shifting NCAA tourney criteria. Says committee made top 50 wins vital this year; road wins in 2015; RPI in 2014.
— Jeffrey Collins (@JSCollinsAP) March 13, 2016
Calipari is echoing things @CoachDonlon said earlier this year. "It's pick-a-metric day with the NCAA"
— Paul Oren (@NWIOren) March 13, 2016
Calipari's spitting fire on the committee now. "Moving target" from the committee always moves to screw the little guy.
— SpartanDan (@dbaker3448) March 13, 2016
Calipari’s argument is somewhat valid, as one would definitely think that Kentucky would be seeded higher than the Aggies after winning yet another SEC Championship today, particularly in that Texas A&M was the losing team. Still, let’s not forget that Kentucky didn’t really start getting hot until the end of the regular season and struggled at times, losing to more than a few unranked teams.
But the fact of the matter is that John Calipari is an incredibly passionate individual who just wants to win another championship at Kentucky. Moreover, even though his team is not a No. 1 seed like he was last year, he’s ready for the battle according to Tyler Thompson of Kentucky Sports Radio.
Calipari: “We’ve never had it easy I don’t want it easy. Let’s do this thing.” pic.twitter.com/baFBROvcJT
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) March 13, 2016
Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from Kentucky’s tournament experience!
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