MIKE FREEMAN, Sportsline: Kentucky didn’t get its money’s worth out of Calipari. Excerpt: When you sell your soul, as Kentucky did to get John Calipari, there are supposed to be riches and fame and rainbows, not an embarrassing but-whipping with the Final Four on the line. It’s not just that Kentucky lost to West Virginia 73-66. It’s how the Wildcats lost: whining, complaining, gyrating, crying, flailing and temper-tantrum-ing over almost every call.
ANDY KATZ, ESPN.com: Despite the loss, Kentucky is back. The loss to West Virginia in the Elite Eight Saturday night at the Carrier Dome prevented a coronation. But it shouldn’t be a sign that there is any sort of regression. Kentucky is back, and as long as Calipari is on board there won’t be a significant slide, even with the likely early departures for the NBA for three, possibly four, of the key contributors.
JOHN CLAY, Lexington Herald-Leader: Biggest game of the year wrong time for UK’s weaknesses to rear up. In the end, Kentucky picked the biggest game of the year to play its worst game of the year.
MY BLOG, One post down: Huggins, WVU make the right moves. Calipari had no answer for Huggins’ zone. He could not get his team refocused after West Virginia went on a run. And he could not make them forget their frustration with the officiating. It was, pretty much, the perfect recipe for a Kentucky defeat. Credit Huggins for bringing all the right ingredients. That’s why his players were the ones on the postgame podium celebrating a trip to the Final Four by doing the John Wall dance, and why for UK fans, that’s the only dance they’re left with.
More to come in the blog. Also see my column on the game in today’s print edition.