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Coach Cal Says He Should Have Called Timeout With 19 Seconds Left

A closeup of Coach Cal clapping.

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 05: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team in the game against the LSU Tigers at Rupp Arena on March 5, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says he made a mistake in the final minute of his team's loss to Kansas State.

Kentucky fell to Kansas State on Thursday night, 61-58, and it's fair to say that the Wildcats had a number of opportunities down the stretch to change that outcome. Kentucky head coach John Calipari is taking the blame - saying that he made a crucial mistake in the game's final minute.

After a driving layup from Kansas State guard Barry Brown, Kentucky trailed 60-58. Coach Cal elected not to call timeout - instead trying to catch Kansas State "off guard."

The possession resulted in a contested three-point attempt that didn't find the bottom of the net.

Calipari, at his post-game press conference, said he should have called timeout.

"I should have called that timeout late with 19 seconds to go, but we had worked on something and I thought we could catch them off guard. Veteran team - should have called a timeout. Can't put that on these kids - that's right on my shoulders."

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Calipari also addressed the controversy from the handshake line later in the press conference.

Regardless, Kansas State is off to the Elite Eight, while Kentucky is heading home.