2017 NCAA Tournament: What John Calipari said after Kentucky’s win against Wichita State
INDIANAPOLIS — A last-second block from Bam Adebayo sent Kentucky to the Sweet 16 and Wichita State home.
Here’s what Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the win:
On freshman guard Malik Monk, who had a key block on Kentucky’s second-to-last defensive possession: “It was great to have Malik back. Haven’t seen him for a while. He’s on that path, still not all the way back, but he’s on the path that we need him on. And these guys up here, they’re young, but they have a will to win and play with courage and are skilled basketball players and great kids who share. So proud of them.”
On Kentucky seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder: “Well, in the first half, Dom just played outstanding. I was thinking about starting him in the second half, but we got a good group that sticks together, so I just went with what I was doing. Mychal Mulder made a huge 3. I put him back in to play the four. I was going to play he and Derek as the fours. I played Derek almost the whole half. He played well. Then Derek made the 3 in the corner, made a couple of 3s, rebounded pretty good. Ended up with 8 rebounds and 9 points. Think of that. Three steals. Derek Willis.”
On Wichita State guard Landry Shamet who led all scorers with 20 points: “He made big-time shots, like those are gutty shots. Like the game was over, and he makes a 3. He makes a 2. We got it to 7, ready to bust out and he made plays. He’s good. He’s a good player.”