Willie Cauley-Stein rocked back-and-forth. Julius Mays incessantly rubbed his thighs. Ryan Harrow buried his head in a towel as tears welled up in his eyes. The scene in the Kentucky Wildcats locker room was a mixture of nervousness and devastation for a team that no longer would decide its own post-season fate.
A team that had defeated two presumed NCAA tourney-bound teams in its last five games now had suddenly lost yet another game to a team with more losses than wins.
“They’re playing great right now, and it was us laying an egg,” Calipari said. “Vanderbilt is playing great basketball right now.”