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UMass coach John Calipari, 1992

Posted on March 26, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

University of Massachusetts coach John Calipari reacted during his team’s 87-77 loss to Kentucky during the East Regional semifinal on March 26, 1992, in Philadelphia. Kentucky had built a 21-point lead over UMass, but the Minutemen cut it to two before referee Lenny Wirtz called a technical foul on Calipari with 5:47 left. Calipari received the technical for coming out of the coaching box. The technical sparked a 6-0 UK run and seemed to prompt the game’s last great momentum shift, but both Calipari and UK coach Rick Pitino downplayed its significance. In the crowded interview room after the game, Calipari reminded everyone that despite the momentous sway of the call, the final margin was 10 points. He said that if he was out of the coach’s box, then Wirtz had every right to make the call. Calipari said he was “very embarrassed” that it happened. The win gave Kentucky (29-6) a shot against Christian Laettner and Duke, with a trip to the Final Four on the line. UMass’s season ended at 30-5. Calipari would coach four more seasons at UMass before coaching in the NBA. From 2000-09, he coached at Memphis. Since 2009, he has been at Kentucky. Photo by Jennifer Podis | Staff

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