By LARRY VAUGHT
Credit John Calipari for not mincing words about why Kentucky and Indiana have not played since 2012.
“I didn’t want to play home and home. I told them we would play two years in Indianapolis if you want. I didn’t want to play home and home. I didn’t want to go there, and they didn’t want to have to come to us. So that ended the series,” Calipari said after UK beat Stony Brook Thursday night tin Des Moines to set up a game against Indiana Saturday in the NCAA Tournament second round.
Calipari said Indiana coach Tim Crean should have been national coach of the year for winning the Big Ten despite the team’s injuries
“They had to adjust to how they play. What he’s done with that team in that league is incredible. He’s got a terrific passing team, a terrific shooting team, an attacking team,” Calipari said.
“I’s kinda unfortunate that this game is being played this early. This should be another round or two later. But it is what it is, so both of us are going to have to play. Tom knows the respect I have for him as a coach and as a leader and what he does. They’re really, really good. Like today they were really good.”