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John Calipari responds to jab by Nate Oats

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A little verbal jabbing before Saturday’s Kentucky vs Buffalo clash.

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John Calipari loves to voice his thoughts, even if it ruffles some feathers here and there.

Well, Buffalo coach Nate Oats let his feathers get ruffled by Calipari’s insistence that he has the youngest team in college basketball (a factual claim).

“Calipari’s been whining about no experience — young, young, young,” Oats said. “Well, we don’t have that problem. We got some veteran guys.”

Well, Calipari got wind of those comments during his Friday meeting with the media to preview Saturday’s Kentucky vs Buffalo matchup, and he responded.

“I don’t know if it’s whining or telling the truth. I’m not whining about it,” said Calipari. “I’ve got a pretty good team. He should not tell the truth. He should not even say it. Introduce them and don’t give their year. That’s fine.

“At the end of the day we’ve got to play a basketball game. Everybody has got to get in the ring and play.”

I give Oats and Buffalo credit: Their confidence level is sky high right now, and for good reason. If we ignore the seeds and just evaluate what we’ve seen with our eyes, Buffalo’s win over Arizona is the best performance any team has had in the NCAA Tournament thus far.

But Oats probably shouldn’t be poking the bear that is John Calipari and Kentucky Basketball. That typically doesn’t end well.

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