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Kentucky vs. Cincinnati
Saturday, March 21 – 2:40 p.m. ET
Game Notes: UK | UC
Radio: UK Sports Network
Live Audio (Westwood One)
Calipari wanted to ensure the Wildcats (35-0) were rested as they began prepping for Saturday’s game against Cincinnati with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
The Bearcats advanced with a 66-65 overtime victory over Purdue in a game that pushed Kentucky’s tipoff back 40 minutes. After the delay, Kentucky started sluggish en route to a 79-56 win against the Pirates. The game ended around 12:30 Friday morning, leading Calipari to cancel the wakeup call.
”We didn’t get back to our rooms until 2 o’clock,” Calipari said Friday, sounding somewhat groggy himself. ”I don’t understand why it was this late, but when you’re behind on an overtime game, that’s the kind of stuff that happens with long timeouts.
”But they performed. I watched the tape. We were up by 35. It’s hard to play when you’re up by 35. . But we did what we were supposed to do.”