After the game, Calipari raved about the growth of Alex Poythress, who finished the game with 9 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes.
“I was so proud of Alex, and he started the game shaky. He still doesn’t believe in himself as much as we do. We talked about it as a team. And everybody’s like ‘you were unbelievable today,’ that’s who he is. He came to the middle, he shot that shot we want. He missed a jumper, so what? We just want him to play and go. He can do it now because he can breathe, he’s in shape. He now can think because he’s not trying to ‘ugh’.”
Cal said that this was Alex’s best game defensively, and that his progress is what his program is all about:
“I told him yesterday walking off, I am so proud of him because that’s what we’re about. That’s what I hope my staff and you guys understand. It’s about guys like Alex making that climb and becoming the player they can become and knowing that we’re pushing you, but we’re giving you room to go do your thing.”\