Shirt un-tucked, shots not falling and his team on the brink of its worst loss of the season, perhaps John Calipari was thinking a cold shower in the locker room would wake him from Saturday’s nightmare.
With one too many words and an entire game’s worth of jumping and screaming –at both his team and the officials – Coach Cal finally got the directive he had coming since picking up his first technical midway through the first half: He was headed to the showers with his second technical foul.
Calipari’s second-half ejection was just par for the course in Kentucky’s 71-67 loss at South Carolina on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Kentucky shot a rotten 26.9 percent from the field and trailed by as many as 16 points to a South Carolina team that entered the day tied for last in the Southeastern Conference with just three league wins.
“We weren’t ready,” Coach Cal said on his postgame radio show. “The game was too physical, bottom line.”