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and let them lose on purpose? Maybe his "deemphasis" of the SEC tourny was really trying to plant a seed in the fans mind so we wouldn't freak out too badly when we lost. Not saying he totally threw the game, but one could argue he did not always have the most optimal matchups on the court at times in all 3 games. Could Cal have sensed his team needed to be knocked off it's high horse before the NCAA? Not that out of the question if you ask me. Would at least offer an explanation of his "hating" on the SEC tourny.
Not intentionally, but his insistence that the tournament didn't matter probably contributed.
I don't think it was intentional, but his complete disregard for his timeouts and the amused look was kind of telling to me.
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If he did lose that game on purpose or didn't try to win as much as could, or whatever it was a genius move. This was the perfect loss IMO if there is such a thing.
Seriously? Cal LET them lose this game? Just how does a coach do that? Did Cal miss all this shots down he stretch? Cal and this team want to win EVERY game. Period.
We were up 7 with 5 minutes to go. Vandy then went on a 16-2 run to finish the game.
Cal left 3 timeouts in his pocket. Didn't call a single one during that run.
No. It's a ridiculous question.
Absolutely, he pulled a "Pitino".
- left x3 timeouts in his pocket
- Did he even try to make any adjustments during the Vandy run?
- Did he do anything to make sure UK got a high percentage shot?
- 16-2 run and no timeouts?
It seemed to me he let the team do as they wished in the last 9 minutes.
I hope you're right. Maybe a "See how you guys do without me" kind of move.
He did not want to loose, WOW I cant even think of that happening!!! Vandy wanted it more period.
UK would have been crying on the side lines like they were. The kicked it in over the last 6min and UK did not. WHY because they wanted it more. And now UK knows what you must do to win. They have seen what it is to loose in a tourney game.
Obviously as a competitor you want to win every game but I think Cal kind of pulled back down the stretch and didn't do anything to aid in us pulling out the win(as evidenced by not using the timeouts). In my opinion he wanted to win but was content with losing to teach the team a lesson.
If you noticed he wasnt bringing them out and instructing and getting on them when they made stupid moves like he userally does.
IMO the team was fatigued and if he really wanted them to win he would have called the TOs to give them a blow. Coaches also call time outs to try to kill the opponants momentum. Cal as one poster suggested just let it play out. Cal may have not tried for them to lose but I bet that he isnt upset that they did and IMO he didnt give his all to get the win.
Of course not. It's really not worth talking about. If Calipari wanted to he would have sat the starters and let it go as oppose to playing them and Coaching his usual game. It's tough for any top Coach to go in and say let's lose this one. The players out there busting their tales wanted to win it even if the Coach didn't care he wanted to see them win for themselves and fans. It was just a day where things didn't click as well as they should have.
Any coach that wants or tries to lose on purpose should not be coaching at UK.
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