Early in the first half of the Kentucky Wildcats vs. South Carolina Gamecocks game, head coach John Calipari was ejected. He received two technicals and exited the game with 17:34 remaining.
With the Wildcats leading 5-2, Calipari got into an argument with official Doug Sirmonds. Coach Cal was not pleased when Wildcats Jamal Murray bowled over Gamecocks’ Mindaugas Kachinas for an offensive foul.
Both players were contesting a rebound. In a previous play, the officials did not blow their wises when Gamecocks’ Michael Carrera jumped over two Kentucky players and scored.
Shortly after receiving his first technical, he walked over to Sirmons and voiced his displeasure with the call. He continued to argue vehemently, which caused his second technical.
He was so frustrated that several people tried to hold him back, including assistant coach Tony Barbee, along with players Murray, Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee. Afterwards, he left the arena and went to the locker room.
This is the second time that he’s been ejected at South Carolina. He also was ejected on March 1, 2004 in a 72-67 loss.
Even without Calipari, the Wildcats are a better team than the Gamecocks, so they should be able to come out of this game with the win.
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