The Volunteers knocked off No. 1 Kansas Sunday despite having only six scholarship players available to play.
"Let me start by saying congratulations to Tennessee. I didn't get to watch but the last few minutes because we were practicing. What a terrific win for their program and the SEC," he said.
"Look at Mississippi State going to Mississippi and winning, and Mississippi is a top 25 team and good. You are talking about Arkansas getting guys back and going toe to toe with (No. 2) Texas. I don't know if there is a more improved in the country than Georgia. Leslie and Thompkins are as good of players as we have played. Vanderbilt, wow, are they good. This is turning out to be the league everybody thought."
"His numbers are fine. But it is almost like I want you to go against somebody and have a marked advantage that you were better. It is not happening. Thompkins held his own if not more aggressive on the backboard," Calipari said.
"He is playing inside, outside. We are asking him to defend on the floor and inside. We are asking a lot, but that is because he is capable. You are a first-team All-American. Don't just play to play and put up numbers.
Freshman John Wall continues to put up big numbers quicker than either Derrick Rose or Tyreke Evans, two points guard Calipari had at Memphis that are now NBA standouts. "I love all three of these guys. They are different," Calipari said. "Derrick took over a veteran team that had gone to the Elite Eight a year earlier. John Wall has taken over a team that went to the NIT.
"There is more he has had to do. There are games he has to score more. There are games he passes more. But again, he still has a ways to go.
"One thing that is an issue for us is we get people down and don't put them away. What in the world just happened? John and a lot of our guys don't understand when you go on the road you can't stop the avalanche. It's all that experience we don't have that scares me more than anything else."