Calipari Claims No FT Switcheroo

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Updated: 12/31/2012 11:37 pm
John Calipari says he did not pull a switcheroo at the free throw line in Kentucky's loss to Louisville on Saturday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari responded to allegations Monday that he pulled a switcheroo at the free throw line in Kentucky's loss to Louisville on Saturday.

With about a minute to go before halftime, it appeared that UK's Nerlens Noel was fouled. Noel walked to the line and waited to shoot.

Then, Noel walked off and teammate Alex Poythress stepped in to shoot the one-and-one.

UK sent out a response to the allegation via Twitter on Sunday stating that its bench argued that Poythress was fouled and the referee notified the official scorer of the change. "It wasn't a switch-a-roo," the tweet stated.

Today, Calipari said, “My daughter called me and said something. I mean first of all, if I thought the wrong guy was at the line, I would get him off the line. I’ve said to officials and I can’t remember who the officials were, if I saw it off of our man and they gave us the ball, I would say, “you missed that, that went the other way” and the official would stop and say, “thank you, that’s this way.” I’ve done that before, I’m not trying to gain an advantage. Here’s the other thing for all those beautiful people. I wasn’t on the grassy null in 1963. The conspiracy people, I wasn’t in Dallas and I wasn’t on the grassy null and I was four years old. So no, I thought that Alex got fouled. I thought he got fouled and that’s why I said why aren’t you at the line. I thought the wrong guy was at the line which I’m not going to let them do. Now why would I put Alex on the line when he couldn’t even, he couldn’t make any shots. I would put him at the line. I would have had more confidence in Nerlens at that point, but anyway, look that’s all fun if you want to say I was in Dallas I was there. Whatever you think I am, I agree.”

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