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UK Moves Team, Ticks Off A Few Specators In Newark

It’s been an unusual run-up to tonight’s Sweet Sixteen game for Kentucky.  The Wildcats — who are 0-5 all-time versus Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament — switched team hotels this week and moved outside of Newark to Livingston, New Jersey.

“We wanted more privacy,” a UK spokesperson said in an email to The Lexington Herald-Leader.  “We normally don’t stay at the same hotel with our band and cheerleaders.”

There were also plenty of fans and Kentucky administrators at UK’s original team hotel.  “I guess (John Calipari) felt there was too much distraction,” the hotel’s GM said.  “It’s an important game.  He felt it would be better not to be here.”

Some spectators felt the same way as they watched Calipari’s team practice on Thursday.  According to the basketball website, UK drew some cat calls — pun intended — from onlookers:

While the other teams — Marquette, North Carolina and Ohio State — put on extensive open practices for the fans Thursday, Kentucky held an extremely short workout which featured free throw shooting and a game of “Knockout.”

The performance inspired a smattering of boos.

“Thanks for giving me time for a nap,” one fan in a suit shouted at Calipari, who shot back a short glance.

“I did more in my eighth-grade gym class,” another fan shouted.

Ohio State’s workout by contrast?

“Excellent, well-organized and fun,” one prominent local high school coach said.

Unless someone paid for a ticket to watch the practices — and these folks didn’t — I don’t understand how anyone can act as though they’ve been cheated in this situation. 

What’s with our society these days that everyone feels like they’re owed something?


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