Q. Did you see anything today that causes concern for tomorrow against Texas A&M?
COACH CALIPARI: No. I love what I saw. I love the fact that they shot 60 percent in the first half and didn’t miss any shots and we were hanging around. I love the fact that Isaiah shouldn’t have played but about three minutes, and Charles went in and played so well and helped us. Love the fact that Skal struggled and we went with a different lineup, and we played fine.
I love how my guards played. I probably played them too many minutes, but I love how they played, and I love what Isaiah did in the second half.
How about Alex in the second half? He gave us a goose egg in the first half. He now begins to say, okay, let me get this going. Well, he’s not done that throughout his career. So this was a big day for Alex.
And we played a really good team. I mean, they’re a very, very — like I said, they’re an NCAA Tournament team, and they’re very good. Mark had a great game plan. This is our third game in three nights. We’re going to platoon. We’re going to go in and out. It kind of screwed us up. We’re looking like, dog gone, do I need to sub? What should I be doing here?
And then they were making every shot. They made 60 — I mean, they were making jump hooks, fadeaways, bank threes.
When you’re in this tournament — and you guys know, I’ve said it over and over. I’m not a big fan of three games in three days. I don’t think it does anything for your team. But if have to play tomorrow, we might as well try to win it now. But it prepares you for next weekend, and that’s what I want to use these games for.
That was a great test. That was a war. We got down, and we didn’t stop. We kept playing. And they didn’t go away. We had to make big plays and big rebounds down the stretch to even think about beating them.