As the Kentucky Wildcats and Auburn Tigers are setto face off in the Elite Eight, UK head coach John Calipari CBS analyst Charles Barkley are trading some friendly jabs again.
An NBA great and Naismith Hall of Famer, Barkley was honored with a statue in front of Auburn Arena prior to the 2017-18 season.
When the Kentucky Wildcats faced Auburn earlier this season down on The Plains, Calipari and Barkley had some playful postgame jabbing after the Wildcats escaped with an 82-80 win.
During today’s meeting with the media to preview Sunday’s clash of Wildcats and Tigers, Calipari said he made a pit stop by Barkley’s status for some relief.
Calipari ribbing his pal and Auburn alum Charles Barkley a bit: Who's that guy they have down there (at Auburn), Charles something? I pee'd on his statue.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) March 30, 2019
Calipari and Barkley are good pals who love to rib each other. Barkley was actually one of the first guests on Calipari’s old podcast during the 2016-17 season.
They may be pals now, but on Saturday, they’ll be opposing foes as Cal looks to get Kentucky to its fifth Final Four in 10 years, while Auburn is seeking it’s first-ever Final Four berth.