LEXINGTON, Ky. – The postseason honors continue to stack up for Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator as the University of Kentucky women’s basketball duo has most recently been named All-America Honorable Mention by the Associated Press.
Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t mince a lot of words to open his postgame press conference Sunday after Kentucky lost 75-73 to North Carolina in the South Region.
Kentucky had four players — De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo and Derek Willis — with two fouls in the first half.
“You know, it’s amazing that we were in that game where they practically fouled out my team. Amazing that we had a chance. So proud of how these guys fought. So proud of Isaac (Humphries). Can you imagine his first real opportunity to do this was in this game, and he performed? Amazing,” Calipari said.
Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky vs. North Carolina – NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
March 26, 2017, FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn.
Final Score: No. 1-seed North Carolina 75, No. 2-seed Kentucky 73
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky finished the season 32-6 overall.
o UNC snapped UK’s 14-game winning streak, which was the longest streak in the country entering Sunday.
o UK won 32 games for the fourth time in the John Calipari era.
Here is what North Carolina players had to say after Sunday’s 75-73 win over Kentucky in Memphis.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Just when it looked like Kentucky was ahead to another Final Four, the bottom fell out and then the Cats took a dagger to the heart at the end.
Sophomore Isaac Humphries, who had a sensational game with 12 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes, hit a shot with 5 minutes, 5 seconds to play to give UK a 64-59 lead and cap a 17-6 Kentucky run.
By RICHARD CHEEKS
Friday night, the Kentucky Wildcats beat UCLA by 11 points, 86-75 to advance to the NCAA Elite 8. Since the NCAA Tournament started in 1939, there have been 88 Elite 8’s played. Kentucky has advanced to a record 32 Elite 8 appearances, winning 17 times and ending their season at the Elite 8 15 times. In the last seven seasons with Coach Calipari at the helm, the Cats have advanced to the Elite 8 5 times, winning 4 and losing only 1, his first such appearance for UK in 2010.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Saturday it was time for South Carolina and Florida to get to answer the questions about the lack of respect for Southeastern Conference basketball that UK coach John Calipari has answered in recent weeks.
Remember all season Calipari pounded the SEC drum saying the league was much better than it was given credit for nationally. With three teams in the Elite Eight, it’s hard to argue with Calipari now.
South Carolina coach Frank Martin was asked what was the most disrespectful thing he’s heard about the SEC this year.
North Carolina players had a lot to say about Kentucky during their press conference Saturday leading up to this afternoon’s South Region title game in Memphis.
Q. Joel and Justin, everybody says that at this time of the year, guard play is just so important; you’re going up against two pretty good guards in Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox. When you signed up to play basketball for the University of North Carolina, isn’t that exactly the kind of game that you all were hoping to play in?
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari had a message for Kentucky fans Saturday.
It came at the start of his Saturday press conference, but there’s no doubt it was both a message to UK fans and perhaps a pat on the back for Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe.
Adebayo had two points — a late-game dunk — along with five assists, four rebounds, one block and two turnovers. Briscoe was just 2-for-7 from the field and had five points, seven rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes.