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John Calipari opens up on Twitter about Kentucky’s Sweet 16 loss

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari took to Twitter Friday morning to weigh in on a season that ended with a 61–58 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats in Thursday’s Sweet 16 showdown.

While Kentucky’s overall season was an up and down affair, the Wildcats seemed to be hitting their stride heading into the NCAA Tournament. But it was all for naught as the No. 5 Kentucky squad was upset by the upstart No. 9 Kansas State team.

The loss inspired Calipari to get somewhat philosophical about the abrupt ending to the Wildcats’ season, actually stating he felt “sick” upon waking up Friday morning.

Some criticism was levied at Calipari for his late-game management during Thursday’s loss. The Wildcats also were taken to task for not shaking hands with Kansas State after the game in an arguable display of poor sportsmanship.

“My team is not like that; neither is our program,” Calipari told reporters after the loss. “There’s no disrespect in any way. They beat us. They deserved to win the game.”

It’s clear the entire Wildcats squad was demoralized by the loss. But there’s no reason to believe Calipari and company won’t be back next March to make another run in the Tourney.