INDIANAPOLIS — Graceful all season, Kentucky made a messy, noisy exit from the NCAA Tournament Saturday night.
After UK's 71-64 loss to Wisconsin, news conference microphones recorded Andrew Harrison muttering an expletive and a racial slur when a reporter asked Karl-Anthony Towns about Frank Kaminsky's performance.
A flurry of Internet sites reported Harrison's comment. In response, the UK player did damage control in a series of tweets.
"First, I want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know," Harrison tweeted. "When I realized how this could be perceived, I immediately called big Frank to apologize and let him know I didn't mean any disrespect."
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Kaminsky said Sunday that he received a text message from Harrison late Saturday/early Sunday.
"He said he wanted to talk about it," the Wisconsin player said. "I was glad he reached out. He's a nice kid. He says he really respects me and he really apologizes for what he said. I could tell he was sincere about it."
A moment later, Kaminsky suggested Harrison's comment was not out of the ordinary.
"Things are said all the time," he said. "Things are said on the court. Things are said when microphones are not on.
"It was not a big deal to me."
During the game, there was an incident involving UK's Trey Lyles and Wisconsin's Josh Gasser. Gasser put a hand to his head and gestured to a referee as if to say Lyles had hit him.
"I remember I got switched onto Trey Lyles," Gasser said Sunday. Lyles is "a lot bigger and he's stronger than me. So I was just trying to block him out any way I could (on) I think an air ball and shot clock violation.
"I just kind of turned around to walk back (downcourt) and I just remember getting a forearm. I didn't know if it was on purpose."
The referees checked the monitor and decided no flagrant foul had occurred.
"I ended up seeing a video of it," Gasser said. "And it looked (pause) pretty blatant. I don't know."
When the game ended, Willie Cauley-Stein was among the Kentucky players who did not shake hands with Wisconsin players.
"Well, I saw the twins walking off," Cauley-Stein said in reference to Andrew and Aaron Harrison. "And then I almost got hit with everybody running and jumping."