In what was already a highly anticipated match between the Duke Blue Devils and Kentucky Wildcats last night, the respective head coaches of each team made it a little more interesting.
While Duke ultimately won 75-68, going into halftime John Calapri had an interesting quote for ESPN’s Andy Katz while walking off the court.
“They’re flopping all over the place. In the NBA they’d be suspended,” Calapari said.
Surprisingly, Mike Krzyzewski addressed Calapari’s flopping comments afterwards.
Per the Raleigh News & Observer: “I mean, he has a right to say whatever he wants,” Krzyzewski said. “I thought we took some amazing charges, and I thought we probably could have taken a couple more. There’s a difference between a charge and a flop. A flop means you don’t take any contact. I would hope that anyone who watches the game would say that our kids really played outstanding defense and were there to take charges.”
Coach K then added, “And we don’t make any money, so we can’t be fined.”
Interestingly enough, Calapri attempted to backtrack off his flopping comments later.
“It was a joke. Come on, you guys at Duke can take a joke, right?”
Hopefully these two teams meet up again at a later date this season.