By LARRY VAUGHT
NASHVILLE — Just as he has done all season, Kentucky coach John Calipari was campaigning for more Southeastern Conference teams to get into the NCAA Tournament than the three projected as of today.
“What disappoints me is that there are teams that lost, like some of our teams have, and all of a sudden, it’s okay. They’re in. And then one of our teams loses, they go from bubble to first four out. You’re like, I don’t get it. I do know, when our teams are in the NCAA Tournament, they do well,” Calipari said after UK beat Alabama.
“We’ve been in Final Fours, the Elite Eights, a number of Sweet 16s. We had three a couple years ago in the Sweet 16 and two in the Final Four. So I think this league deserves five teams that should be in.
“I think Vanderbilt should be in. That’s just my thought. And I think, if you look at it overall, they should be in, but they lost a tough game. Tennessee played well (Friday).”
Then the swaggy Cal had a little fun.
“We lost to Tennessee. We lost to Tennessee. So I think they should be in, but I’m not on the committee. If I was on the committee, because I’m a normal person. I’m helping my friends, and those other dudes are not getting in. I’m normal,” he said before pausing.
Then he added, “Why is everybody laughing?”