"Did you see how the game was played?" Calipari asked before noting the physical nature of the game again. "I am not going to say I condone any of that. The officials used good judgment. They were trying to control the game. "My guy (Bledsoe) started talking off the top and I subbed the guy. We were bumping coming in and off the court. "
Calipari called it an isolated play in a heated game and that calling for Cousins' ejection was a bit much, especially by anyone who was not at the game.
Pitino also said he couldn't see what happened even though his players said "he took a forearm and got mashed in the head" by Cousins.
"I can't get too bent out of shape. Aminu Timberlake got stepped on by Christian Laettner (when UK played Duke in 1992 when Pitino was the coach) and nothing happened," Pitino said. "If they (the officials) did get it wrong, they watched it a long time.
"It would have been nice to have him out of the game. He had 18 rebounds and 18 points."