By LARRY VAUGHT
ARLINGTON — He had shared the message before, but just to make sure national media members understood one last time Monday night after Kentucky lost to Connecticut that players as talented as those on his team can’t be perfect all the time.
“But these kids aren’t machines. They’re not robots. They’re not computers. I say it again, I wish I had an answer for them later in the game where I could have done something to just click it to where we needed it to go,” said Calipari. “That three in the corner (by Aaron Harrison), if that would have gone, maybe the game changes a little bit, but it didn’t.
“So keep coaching. What do we figure out, how do we do it? And obviously I didn’t have the answers for them.
“But I’m proud of them, they fought and tried and played a really good team that’s well coached. Kevin Ollie played that team exactly how they had to play to have success. People in Connecticut should be so proud of him as a former athlete there, coming back and winning a national title and doing the things he’s doing. He’s a great guy.
“He’s not only a great coach. Believe me when I tell you, we’re telling each other before the game, I love you, he’s telling me I love him, he loves me. I mean, this guy is one of the great guys of all time.
“And I hate losing, but I’m happy he won. I hate losing. But I’m happy he won.”