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Calipari: We fouled because they were dumb fouls

UK coach John Calipari talks to his team in the win over Louisville. (Clay Jackson photo)

UK coach John Calipari talks to his team in the win over Louisville. (Clay Jackson photo)


The two teams were called for 52 fouls (29 Louisville, 23 Kentucky) and combined to shot 70 free throws (43 by Kentucky, 27 by Louisville) in a game that took 2 hours, 20 minutes to complete.

“Well, we fouled because they were dumb fouls. Doron (Lamb) grabbed a guy’s arm for a fourth foul. You know why? Because he didn’t aggressively come back to meet the pass. He’s in the slow motor moving, moves away from the ball. He grabbed him,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Marquis Teague, we’re forcing him to the right. The kid went left, he fouled on him (for his fourth foul). Why would you do that?

That’s not how we’re playing. We just did a lot of that kind of stuff.”

Louisville coach Rick Pitino would not complain about the officiating.

“I’m sure they had some fouls called on them that weren’t warranted, too. It’s just that the two teams play really hard and physical and they call it,” Pitino said.

Calipari was hit with a technical foul in the second half and only said that he “thought we could have have more” free throw attempts. However, at least his team did make free throws and and is 87-for-113 from the foul line in the last three games.

“You wonder why we’re shooting free throws better. For every free throw we miss, we have to have a 33‑second run. So that’s nine 33‑second runs they’re going to have to get in before our next game. So I’m just challenging them that way. So they’ll come in and practice because they don’t want to run,” Calipari said.

“But Anthony Davis, it was great to see him. If you were him, wouldn’t you ball fake, step through, ball fake, just get fouled?  Why even shoot the ball? Get fouled. It was good to see him make his.”

Davis, a 58.7 percent free throw shooter, went 12-for-13 from the foul line, all in the second half.

“We didn’t mind fouling Davis. It looked like he was a shaky free throw shooter and suddenly looked like (former NBA great) Jerry West out there. I don’t know what happened there,” Pitino said.

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  1. Jim

    The team had a horendous shooting night and even had an upper classman with a ton of turn overs, but the Cats rebounded like beasts and played solid defense. I was a nice win, even though I wanted it to be by a larger margin. As far as fouls go, I was also hoping that Rick would get T’d up, like Cal did. Would have liked to see that call.

    1. larryvaught

      could have been several more T’s. was that kind of game

  2. Gene

    It was basically a typical Tony Greene/Jamie Luckee/ and whomever the third “stooge”happened to be type of game.
    All about them, the game was secondary.

  3. LindaS

    I know that one ref likes to call fouls. Don’t you think they did this to control the game and not let it get out of hand like last year? After what happened last year and in Cincy and knowing the history of these two schools I think where trying to control it. They controlled it a little too much. Play was interrupted so often it almost got boring.

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