By LARRY VAUGHT
ARLINGTON — Alex Poythress said the knee he appeared to have slightly injured in Kentucky’s postgame celebration after the win over Wisconsin Saturday night is fine and won’t present any problems for Monday’s national championship game with Connecticut.
“It’s fine. It did bother me all night,” said Poythress, who had ice on the knee after Saturday’s game.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said he had not seen Poythress during his media interview time but UK’s starters on the podium with Calipari told him that Poythress was also fine.
Calipari also said he had no problem with the “dog pile” celebration the Cats did after the win over Michigan and then again here Saturday night.
“I was going to go in the dog pile. My hip was bothering me so bad I couldn’t jump on there. But I was ready to go in there, too,” Calipari joked. “We have had different plays. I can remember 2010, when John Wall grabbed DeMarcus (Cousins) and shoved him under the table after we make a game tying shot. I mean, as a coach it shows how together your team is. It shows that they bought into each other. They surrendered to each other. They’re losing themselves in each other.
“Dakari’s face when he came off the bench, I saw it on TV last night, was like euphoria, you know, and that’s what you want to see, that. This is about them accomplishing something together and getting unbelievable joy, and then understanding I could have never done this alone. As I go forward, I understand that it’s not what I’m doing, it’s what we’re doing. It’s a great life lesson. These guys have learned it.”