University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari didn't even see his team play three minutes against South Carolina before he was ejected for committing two technical fouls.
His Wildcats, though, won their third straight game, an 89-62 result Saturday over the Gamecocks.
Calipari took to Twitter after the final buzzer:
I have never been more proud of a team. They are now empowered. They've proven that they dont need me and I love it.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 13, 2016
It was the second time in three seasons he was ejected from a game against South Carolina, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:
Here’s the video of John Calipari’s ejection, his second at South Carolina in three seasons: https://t.co/HAGPLf1Y6V— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 13, 2016
Kentucky was led by the guard play of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray, who scored 27 and 26 points, respectively, in the win. Assistant coach Kenny Payne took over coaching duties after Calipari was shown the door.
The Wildcats started the season ranked second in the polls before taking the top spot in Week 3. They stayed there for two weeks before losing to UCLA.
With six losses this season, Kentucky has dropped to a season-worst 22nd in the rankings after losses to Kansas and Tennessee. Against Tennessee, the team blew a 21-point lead, after which Calipari, rightfully so, was not happy with his team:
That outlook has changed greatly thanks to Saturday's efforts without him calling the shots from the bench. A win like this on the road in the face of adversity could be invaluable for a team trying to gain some momentum as March approaches.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com