Various Kansas State players said Kentucky did not shake their hands following the groups’ Sweet 16 matchup Thursday night, which Kansas State won, 61-58.
The absence of postgame handshakes, a conventional show of sportsmanship, miffed a few Kansas State players, while Kentucky mentor John Calipari demanded that his group did not intend to pass on any discourtesy.
“My group isn’t that way; nor is our program,” Calipari told columnists. “There’s no lack of regard in any capacity. They beat us. They demand to win.”
In interviews with ESPN, nonetheless, a few Kansas State players said they translated the absence of handshakes in an unexpected way.
“That is not the sportsmanship you get a kick out of the chance to see, but rather that is them,” Kansas State forward Levi Stockard III told the system. “They just strolled off the court. I don’t comprehend what it was. I don’t have a clue.”
“It’s sad, man,” junior monitor Amaad Wainright included. “They’re setting off to the NBA, I presume. I figure (it’s) about them being presumptuous. Be that as it may, it’s okay.”
Calipari told columnists that the handshakes were obstructed by condition. He said he endeavored to shake Kansas State’s hands however “they were turned and commending so (at that point) I strolled off.”
“I had no lack of respect for anything, simply that they were celebrating and I was glad for them,” Calipari told journalists. “I strolled off, as well. Be that as it may, I went down, I shook all the mentors’ hands, I went down to shake their hands — which I comprehended. They’re in an Elite Eight diversion now, an opportunity to go to the Final Four.”
Kansas State’s win, its first ever against Kentucky in ball, impelled the Big 12 school to its first Elite Eight since 2010. Kansas State, a No. 9 seed, will confront eleventh seeded Loyola-Chicago this end of the week with an outing to the Final Four hanging in the balance.