Final Four loss still stings for UK, especially for Calipari

05/28/2015 05:31 PM

LEXINGTON — When Tony Barbee spoke in front of the media at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday for the first time as an assistant coach at Kentucky, he made an interesting comment about the Wildcats’ premature departure from last season’s NCAA Tournament.

“I doubt he’ll even get over it,” Barbee said of head coach John Calipari. “I don’t know if any of us will.

“It was such a special and historic season — and that one loss doesn’t change that — but when you have your eyes on that one prize, and you come up that short when it’s that close, it hurts, and I’m sure that for him it hurts even more because he wasn’t able to help those young men achieve it.”

After the starting the season with a perfect 38-0 record for the first time in NCAA history, Cal and Kentucky lost a rematch with Wisconsin in the Final Four, ending their hopes of accomplishing the first undefeated championship since Indiana did it during the 1975-76 season.

KSTV reacted to Barbee’s comments on Thursday’s show, discussing how his addition to the coaching staff could help the Wildcats overcome last season’s bitter ending and remain united in 2015-16.

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