Nobody is stealing John Calipari's joy.
The Kentucky men's basketball coach made that abundantly clear during an interview on ESPN on Sunday after his team was revealed to be a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
But that doesn't mean he's happy with a selection committee that ranked his Wildcats lower than, say, a Texas A&M team they just beat in overtime, 82-77, in the SEC tournament championship game earlier that day.
"I mean, come on, A&M got a three seed. Did we not play a basketball game today?" Calipari said. "I'm happy for A&M. They got a three, I said, what in the world, are we going to get a three or a two? And I was surprised we didn't get a five."
He continued: "Look, at the end of the day, they're not stealing my joy, that little group of 10 who says this year it's top-50 wins. Well, last year it was road wins, two years ago it was RPI. It's a moving target. Instead of making it this is how we're going to rate these teams. They're not stealing my joy. We just won a championship."
Kentucky (26-8) will open against Stony Brook (26-6) in the East Region, while Texas A&M (26-8) takes on Green Bay (23-12) in the West. Calipari says his team will use the the lower seeding as motivation.
Oh, and the selection committee is not stealing his joy.