John Calipari said the Marshall game was exactly what his team needed - a physical game.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Marshall gave Kentucky exactly what John Calipari said his team needed - a physical battle - which is what the Cats can expect when they meet No. 4 Louisville on Saturday.
When a reporter asked Calipari if Louisville was the reason UK needed a physical contest, Calipari said, "No. Just for us. Who are we playing next week? We're playing Louisville? Whoa, that's going to be a hard game."
Calipari expanded upon what playing Marshall provided his team, "What Marshall did for us physically, they had confidence, they have a swagger. We couldn't make shots and they're looking at it like, 'We're in this,' and they were. They come out at half, do what they did to us, exactly what we needed. We needed to go against a big, physical team to see if we got tougher in the last two weeks.
"Last game, it did not carry over, all the work. This game it did. So that's why I'm happy. "