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It takes more than three false fire alarms to keep Cats from winning

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Dominique Hawkins heard a fire alarm at about 3 a.m. Saturday in Kentucky’s team hotel in Tuscaloosa, he thought he was dreaming. When it happened again two hours later, Hawkins didn’t budge.

“I think everybody stayed in bed for the second one,” Hawkins said Saturday afternoon after UK beat host Alabama. “The first one, I thought I was dreaming at first when I heard it and then I got out. Everybody was just out in the street waiting to go back in.”

Isaiah Briscoe reacted much the same.

“I didn’t wake up for the second one. I stayed in bed,” Briscoe said.

He also said the two false fire alarms had no impact on UK’s play.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was even more casual about the fire alarms than the players.

“The fire alarm went off. I was on the third floor. The worst that was going to happen to me was jump out that window and break my legs. You’re not going to die from three stories. I never moved,” Calipari said.

“That thing went off, I knew I was on the third floor, put the pillow over my head. If I’d smelled smoke, I’d have jumped out of the window and broke both legs and told my wife, ‘It’s not all bad. I get to take the rest of the season off.’”

Calipari said no one was giving any specific instructions about what to do when the fire alarm went off the first time.

“I had a pillow over my ears. By the way, the fire alarm went off twice. It went off at 3:30—it went off three times? And you know, people are thinking, (Alabama coach) Avery’s (Johnson) over there pulling the fire alarm, this and that. The building had a problem. So, it went off at 7 in the morning, by the way,” Calipari said.

When it went off at 7, Kentucky players were already up preparing for a shootaround before the game started at noon.

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