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John Calipari says Kentucky Wildcats have "proven that they don't need me and I love it"

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Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

John Calipari certainly is in a better mood right now than he was around noon Saturday.

That's when he had a mini meltdown on referee Doug Sirmons that led to the head coach being ejected from Kentucky's big matchup with South Carolina.

With Cal out, assistant coach Kenny Payne was the main coach the rest of the game as Kentucky cruised to an 89-62 win over a South Carolina team that was undefeated at home.

Whether it was a ploy to rally his team or simply a meltdown, Calipari certainly loved the end result of his ejection from Kentucky's win over the Gamecocks. That puts the Cats in first-place in the SEC standings with just three weeks left of regular-season action.