UK Basketball: Calipari backtracks on halftime assertion that Duke players flopped
Kentucky coach John Calipari yells during the Wildcats' loss to Duke on Tuesday. (Victoria Graff / November 14, 2012)
So what did Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski think about those comments after his team held off Kentucky 75-68?
“I really do not pay attention not just to John, but to other coaches. I don’t really care. He has right to say what he wants,” Krzyzewski said. “I thought we took some amazing charges and could have taken more. There is a difference in a charge and flop. A flop means you are not taking any contact. I hope anybody who watches the game will say our kids did a good job.”
Then, he added, “We don’t make any money, so we cannot get fined.”
Calipari pretended that he didn’t remember what he said to Katz when asked about it.
“I don’t even remember. What did I say?” Calipari said.
Finally, he smiled and said, “It was a joke. Come on, you guys at Duke can’t you take a joke. Just kidding.”
Covering Wiltjer: Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer had 19 points in UK’s season-opening win over Maryland, but managed just five points on 2-for-5 shooting Tuesday and one basket came on a fast break dunk.
However, Calipari did not seem that upset with Wiltjer’s play after the game.
“Kyle led. He did some good things,” Calipari said. “They took him away. They did a great job saying he is not getting a shot off. They were out on him.”
Calipari said there was one time when Wiltjer tried to put a move on Ryan Kelly and had his shot blocked that he should not have shot.
Wiltjer had four assists and three rebounds.
“He got some tough rebounds in traffic. Four assists. He did not play that bad,” Calipari said. “He is little better than that. He played 11 minutes a game last year. When you are not making shots, what else can you do. Today he did not play that badly.”