John Calipari talked glowingly about his team in his post-game comments, especially Alex Poythress and Julius Mays. Calipari said that Poythress grew up today. “There was just one spell when he gave up. He (Poythress) grew up today because he went back in and he finished those last 7 minutes He was a beast.” Poythress finished with 12 rebounds on the day, which ties his career-high.
Calipari also expanded on Julius Mays’ comments that he wanted the ball in the final seconds of the game. Calipari said that Mays came up to him in the huddle during the timeout and said, “get me the ball.”
“When we’re at our best, we are an NCAA tournament team,” Calipari quipped after the game. “When we are at our worst, we’re not very good.”