For the first time in program history, Kansas State beat Kentucky on Thursday night 61-58, and the stage could not have been much bigger with the Wildcats advancing to the Elite 8. For all the bitching and moaning of seeds and draws by UK head coach John Calipari, his young group of true freshmen sensations found themselves having to “just” beat No. 9 seed Kansas State and then either Loyola Chicago or Nevada to advance to a Final Four. So understandably, some Kentucky players were upset after their loss. But how upset? Apparently, several players didn’t bother shaking hands with Kansas State players.
After the game junior guard Amaad Wainwright said, “I just wish they would’ve shook our hands at least, man. They didn’t shake our hands after the game. Walked off. It’s sorry. They going to the NBA, I guess, I guess it’s about them being cocky. It’s alright.”
Levi Stockard III added, “That’s not the sportsmanship you like to see, but that’s them,. They just walked off the court. I don’t know what it was. I don’t know.”
John Calipari, who God forbid a team did that to him and his players, had a well-planned excuse after the game, saying, “They were turned and celebrating, so I walked off. There was no disrespect for anything. It’s just that they were celebrating, and I was happy for them…My team’s not like that. There’s no disrespect in any way. They beat us. They deserved to win the game.”
Of course this isn’t a first for Calipari and his group of boys. The 2014-15 Kentucky team, which included Willie Cauley-Stein and the Harrison brothers, also didn’t shake hands with Wisconsin after their loss in the Final Four.