Did polarizing Calipari rip Irish or do haters just want to hate?

John Calipari is being criticized for his postgame interview after Kentucky beat Notre Dame.
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Anyone who has watched Kentucky play this season would likely say the Wildcats faced their toughest test of the season in Notre Dame in Saturday’s Elite Eight matchup in Cleveland. 

The Irish played ridiculously well. The atmosphere was incredible. There were 20 lead changes. In the end, it took two free throws by Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison and a close, but missed shot by Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant to give the undefeated Wildcats a 68-66 victory and a berth into the Final Four. 

On first glance, Kentucky coach John Calipari disagreed with the "toughest test" thoughts.

During a postgame interview with TBS, a reporter said that the Wildcats had just faced its most arduous obstacle.

“No,” Calipari replied. He said his team, 38-0, had been tested a lot this season. “We played poorly,” the coach said.   

This did not go over well with Notre Dame fans and, really, everyone not rooting for Kentucky. … Or do people just hear what they want to hear (and haters just want to hate)? The word "classless" comes up a lot.

It should be pointed out that Calipari did give Notre Dame credit. He’s just so polarizing! 

Calipari and Kentucky are set to face Wisconsin in the Final Four next Saturday in Indianapolis. 

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