Tom Crean brought his Georgia team, a ladder and a pair of scissors to Lexington last night, looking for an upset of John Calipari’s fifteenth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Crean goes home empty-handed, but not before he raved about Calipari in his postgame press conference.
“It’s so easy to take that success for granted that he has here,” Crean said in his opening remarks after the game. “Those young men get better and better constantly. What he does with their skill level, perseverance, togetherness, toughness, and getting them to buy into one another is really extraordinary. I know you guys see that on a daily basis. I’ve respected him for a long time, and I’m not just saying that because I’m friends with him, but I’m saying this because its mind-boggling how good of a job he does with them.
“That team just gets better and better. We tried to beat them, and we couldn’t. We were close at times. They don’t beat themselves very often, but I think that is a tribute to how well he coaches, how well he teaches, what he demands, and then eventually what happens, and I think you will start to see it now. Obviously, he has a huge personality, but the personality of your team comes from him because they start self-directing, and they start being a player of that team. I think that is what I saw tonight from them, and that is what we aspire to be.”
Crean also bragged on Immanuel Quickley, calling him a “tremendous” and “outstanding” player.
Hear it all from the man himself: