As you can see in the picture above, John Calipari was a happy man during his postgame presser following his team’s 77-61 win over Alabama.
“I told Avery [Johnson] after, we played really good,” Cal said. “I told him after, ‘that’s as good as we play. You hit us at a wrong point. If we’d have played like we played the other day, we’d have the same result as we had down in Louisiana.'”
Part of Kentucky’s success tonight came at the hands of Alex Poythress, who scored a career-high 25 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Calipari called Alex’s performance “unbelievable.”
“Alex Poythress, no assists, four turnovers, but other than that, he played good,” Calipari grinned.
Poythress said tonight’s game “got the bad taste” of the LSU loss out of his mouth, a sentiment Calipari said he hopes extends to the rest of the team.
“I asked them, how bad did you feel after LSU?,” Calipari said. “This is how basketball is. This is like life. You move on and you make up for it in the next game and you feel good.”
“Bottom line is folks, if you don’t have post presence, your team is a fraud,” Calipari said. “Can I tell you that again? If you don’t have post presence, your team is a fraud. We should have it and there are games that we haven’t had it, and those games, we’ve lost.”
Tonight, Kentucky had post presence, and it showed.