The Kansas State basketball program was upset with the Kentucky Wildcats following a big win for K-State in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. Following the game, Kansas State wanted to shake the hands of their opponents, but Kentucky marched off the court disappointed with their loss.
Kansas State players took notice.
“They didn’t shake our hands,” Kansas State junior guard said, as transcribed by College Spun. “It’s sorry. … They know what they did.”
When it was Kentucky head coach John Calipari’s turn to take the podium and field questions from the media, he was asked about his team walking off the court. Coach Cal insists that they did not mean any disrespect with the move, they were simply allowing Kansas State to celebrate their big win.
Here’s what Calipari had to say:
“I went down to shake their hands too and they were turned and celebrating so I walked off. I had no disrespect for anything. It was just that they were celebrating and I was happy for them to – you know, I walked off too.
But I went down, I shook all the coaches’ hands. I went down to shake their hands and they were – which I understood. They’re in an Elite Eight game now. Chance to go to the Final Four. So there was no…my team’s not like that and neither is our program. There was no disrespect in any way.
They beat us, they deserve to win the game.”
You can watch the full post-game press conference below:
Next up for Kansas State is a matchup with Loyola-Chicago, the Cinderella of this year’s March Madness, with a spot in the Final Four on the line.