COLUMBIA, S.C. — After watching his team blow a 14-point lead to the South Carolina basketball team Tuesday night, Kentucky coach John Calipari spoke with reporters.
What did he say about the Gamecocks following the 76-68 result?
Credit where it’s due
“I’m really disappointed, but you know what? You’ve got to give South Carolina credit. They played like Frank [Martin] coaches. They’re down and it looks like they’re going to get smacked and they never stopped playing and then they got the momentum.”
On Chris Silva
“He was the difference. He manhandled everybody we put on him. We didn’t double every time, we didn’t double as much in the zone. We probably should have. We were telling guys, really dig into his lap, and we didn’t. He just moved people. He bullied them. He moved them. He dominated them. He manhandled anybody on my team.”
On South Carolina’s fast start
“No, I had to sub a couple guys early and like, look, if you’re not ready to go you can’t be in here. Look, it’s typical of teams that play us. They’re not going to give us a bad game. They’re pealing us, and South Carolina always gives us a good game. They always do.”
Great effort, toughness
“We talked about the offensive rebounding and they got 14 of them. We got 6. That is basically an effort situation and a toughness situation. Before the ball is hitting the rim, you’re working for position. That’s what Silva does, so he was wedging Kevin Knox or whoever was near him, in a position to where he could get the ball and jump and go get it. … We also talked about how they disrupt, defensively. We had 16 turnovers and my point guard had 6. He had no assists and 6 turnovers.”
“Every time we come in here, it’s a packed house. Normally, we have some fans here, too. I imagine they never could really get into the game, especially at the end. It was a great crowd. I imagine they had a good time and enjoyed themselves.”