It was a big day for basketball in the SEC, as the afternoon slate featured a pair of spectacular games. Tennessee held off a pesky Alabama team at home, 71-68, which very well could propel the Volunteers to being ranked No. 1 in the nation when the AP Poll drops next week.
That was followed up by a thriller in Auburn between the 14th-ranked Tigers and the 12th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Auburn, powered by 28 points from standout guard Bruce Brown, nearly defended their home court, but behind 20 points from a pair of freshman guards — Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson — the Wildcats came out on top, 82-80.
After the game, John Calipari met with the media to discuss all the stuff college basketball coaches usually talk about after a game. He then started ripping on Charles Barkley, because the Round Mound of Rebound was standing off to the side. In classic Chuck fashion, Auburn basketball’s most famous alumnus responded succinctly.
Both Barkley and Calipari are guys who are great at busting other people’s chops and, more importantly, they have pretty thick skin and can take jokes as well as they can give them. This, of course, is all in good fun, but seeing as how the game ended, I’m sure Barkley seriously had this thought a time or two on Saturday evening.