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Here's some of what Memphis coach John Calipari had to say at today's press conference:

On Vasquez: One, he's really crafty. So his feel for the game is as good as I've seen and he's also got size. You're not just going to put someone with size on him and have that affect him. Not happen. He is so crafty. Gets everyone involved. In other words, he's trying to curl in the lane to catch balls. As much to pass as he is to score and now all of a sudden, he's getting a player a play he can make. He's getting the ball to a guy next to the rim where he's making that. Second thing is people help so much on him when he does miss they offensive rebound because those guys aren't body to body with somebody. They do a great job of really bum rushing the rim. They've got arms on you and hands on you and that ball goes up, you're like fighting for your life. That's how they play.

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On defending Vasquez: : He's multidimensional. He's scoring for us, he'll defend when he has to. He's probably got as many assists as Tyreke has at point guard 4s. We also have Doneal Mack who I can put on Vasquez. If I want to do that, we can. I can also put Roburt Sallie on him. We can also switch and put Robert Dozier on him. So we got a lot of guys we can play him with. But Antonio, the biggest thing is he made the baskets down the stretch of this last game, he made three shots that really broke their back, and that's after he had six turnovers. They had six turnovers. Yet with six minutes to go, we stepped it up and played.

On how coaching has changed since he last faced Williams in the tourney: Biggest thing is players leaving early. That is the one thing that, you know, during my time at UMass I had one player leave early, Marcus Camby in his junior year. Gary Williams had one, Joe Smith. He left in his junior year. He may have left as a sophomore. That was the beginning of kids leaving early. You had a lot of teams where now the run we're on at Memphis is with three, four different teams because anybody that can really play, they left. They're not there anymore, and you had to do it with new guys. I would tell you that that would be the biggest change. But we had great games. We played Gary probably three games that were not NCAA Tournament games, and then we played that game in Wichita against him. I said there's a big difference now. My point guard then was Derek Kellogg, who is now the coach at UMass. And that's why we lost. My point guard now is Tyreke Evans.

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On standards for Memphis: The standard in Memphis right now is 30 wins and if you don't get to 30, something is wrong, putting For Sale signs in my front yard. The other thing is that two, three players will be drafted. One might go 1, one will go 7, but you're going to have players drafted. That's what the standard becomes, and I call it rarefied air. Some of the stuff we're doing the last four years has never been done in college basketball history. Our people, our fans think, well, this is how it's supposed to be now.

So it's hard. But, Larry Brown keeps texting me and saying, "It's hard when they're

expected to win every game. Keep loving them." That's Larry Brown. He's texted me ten times. "Love them." It's hard when they're supposed to win every game.

-- Rick Maese

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