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“Who pushed Nerlens?” Coach Cal is on the case.

Sep 22, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

Dominican Republic's team coach John Cal Getty Images

Camping out for tickets to big matchups is nothing new. We’ve seen Krzyzewskiville and similar tent cities crop up for league games and big non-conference matchups across the nation.

So far, fans in Lexington are the first I’ve heard of lining up to get tickets to a Midnight Madness event.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, thousands of Kentucky fans lined up outside venerable Memorial Coliseum Friday night and this morning, and snatched up a full allotment of tickets to the event in well under an hour.

John Calipari showed up to greet the crowd, and offered a few remarks. Since he had a number of the campus’ weekend basketball warriors on hand in a captive audience, he took a moment to try and find out who nearly wrecked the franchise by knocking down freshman Nerlens Noel during a pickup game.

The paper published a transcript of his remarks, including Coach Cal’s impromptu Columbo routine.

I’ll tell you this. Who was the one that pushed Nerlens in the back? Who did that? I refuse to watch the tape. Somebody said, ‘Did you see the tape?’ I said, ‘No, I’m not watching that video.’ I’m in Minnesota and I’ll be throwing up watching a videotape of you guys pushing my players.

Wondering if he was serious or lighthearted about it? Watch the video:

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