By LARRY VAUGHT
South Carolina coach Frank Martin is blunt honest. He doesn’t mince words about his team or opponents.
That didn’t change after Kentucky dismantled his team 89-62 Saturday in Columbia, S.C.
“They came in here to make a point, that they continue to be the best team in this conference,” USC coach Frank Martin said. “They just kicked our tails. That was just a good old-fashioned butt-whoopin.”
They did despite having several players in early foul trouble and coach John Calipari getting ejected less than three minutes into the game.
South Carolina was coming off wins over Texas A&M and LSU, two of the SEC’s best team. But maybe the loss was not all that stunning since the game before South Carolina lost at Georgia, a team that UK routed on Tuesday.
Martin felt his team’s problems started Friday.
“Yesterday was not one of our better days,” Martin said. “Very sloppy, turned it over a lot, listless. You get an opportunity to play a team like Kentucky, you can’t prepare that way.”
Martin hopes his battered team can come back and keep itself in contention for the SEC title and NCAA Tournament berth.
“We’ll walk proudly with two big black eyes around school tomorrow … and hopefully get back to things we’ve done pretty good most of the year,” he said.