John Calipari gave credit to Saint Peter, but he was devastated and shocked afterwards his No. 2 team from Kentucky was stunned Thursday in Indianapolis.
He said so himself.
“I’m disappointed for our fans because I know they’re here in droves and they were shocked like all of us, but I would tell them we have the biggest fans; that they travel and we hate to let them down,” Calipari told reporters.
“That’s what I do as a coach and I know these players do that. But you know, we just don’t take away from what these kids did. That was really disappointing, devastating. But this team has brought a lot of joy to many of us. I just hate it ending like this.”
Kentucky was favored by 18 points before the game. At the start of this NCAA tournament, the all-time No. 2 seeds were 135-9 against the No. 15 seeds.
Calipari said that despite his pre-game bravery, he knew the Wildcats were in for a real fight.
“Do St. Peter’s honor,” he said. “And I looked at the tapes. Let me tell you, I was apprehensive going into the game. I didn’t show anyone. I was whistling and jumping and dancing and ‘We can’t wait.'”
Saint Peter’s, who have not played in the NCAA since 2011, will face Murray State in the Round of 32 on Saturday.
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