By LARRY VAUGHT
Another road loss, another game where Kentucky fans are left wondering about the officiating and this time UK players and coach John Calipari are just as upset as the fans were when UK lost at Kansas.
The Wildcats fell 79-77 in overtime to Texas A&M. In the final minute of overtime, UK freshman Isaac Humphries blocked a shot, got the rebound and then was called for a technical foul for spiking the basketball.
“I was fine. He was celebrating. He was so happy. There was no disrespect to anybody. There was nothing. So, if that’s what they choose to call, what are you going to do?” Calipari said.
“You can be mad or whatever, but I’m not mad at that kid. You kidding me? Great kid.”
Humphries tweeted after the game: “I will learn from this #BBN.”
Point guard Tyler Ulis said Humphries had nothing to feel bad about.
“He kept saying ‘sorry,’ but I just told him, ‘There’s nothing to be sorry about. Disregard it, go make these free throws and they still gotta come down and score.’ They came down and scored. We can’t blame this on Isaac at all. Isaac came in and did a great job and I told him multiple times there’s nothing to be sorry about. He’s still in the locker room saying sorry,” Ulis said.
ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg took to Twitter with his views on the call.
First he posted this: “Bad call. Let the players decide the outcome. Emotion is part of the game.”
A few minutes later he came back with this: “That action was not unsportsmanlike and after speaking to a number of Officals the feeling is you can pass on that call.”
Guessing most UK fans would agree.