The Cats looked like a new team on Saturday after the blowout loss earlier in the week. Calipari seemed decently happy with his team’s performance last night after a 16-point win on the road and everyone was in good spirits during the postgame press conference. Here’s some interesting quotes from postgame interviews, starting with Calipari,
They talked better. Alex finished around the goal, made his free throws. I thought Jamal (Murray) played winning basketball more. He’s still got a ways to go. And it’s nice when Isaiah (Briscoe) will make a shot at the elbow and do those things, because he’s capable of doing it. It makes us a different team.
At one point Alabama dragged the lead down to just four points, but some crucial Marcus Lee rebounds prevented the comeback from happening and helped raise the lead back to above 10. Calipari knew it was a key to get the big guys involved from the start.
We were going to post it one way or another to start the game to just let these two (Lee and Poythress) play. Because, look, bottom line is, folks: If you don’t have post presence, your team is a fraud. Can I tell you that again? If you don’t have post presence, your team is a fraud. We should have it, and there’s been games when we haven’t had it, and those games we’ve lost.
Alex Poythress had to be a leader this week in the locker room after a tough loss at LSU, he knew he would have to come out and play well, and he did. From the get go, Poythress was the big man we consistently looked to find and make plays for on offense. Calipari realized he needed to get his senior leader rolling early and Calipari was in his ear about playing well all week, here is what Poythress had to say,
We just gotta get that bad taste out of everybody’s mouth when you have a bad game, sometimes you struggle. You just gotta go on to the next game and just continue.
The Cats move to 12-3, and they will play their next SEC game against Malik Newman and MSU at home on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.