VU-UK postgame quotes
Jan. 10, 2013
Kentucky 60, Vanderbilt 58
Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
“If you didn’t care who won, it was a great college basketball game. I’m disappointed to have lost. I told my son on the way here that it’d be nice to have some magic at Memorial. When that ball went to Kedren [Johnson], that’s what flashed through my mind. Kentucky just made a couple more plays than we did. I thought we played competitively and guarded well, at least in the second half.”
On a 35-Second Violation Not Being Called Against Kentucky:
“[The officials] said it wasn’t reviewable. The officials got together and said it wasn’t reviewable. I don’t want to spin this press conference talking about a call. Judging by my reaction, you could tell what I thought. Those are three of the best [officials] in the country and they refereed a great game.”
On What Coach Stallings Told the Team After the Game:
“I told our team that I wouldn’t be any prouder of them if that shot went in. We got down, fought back, and had a chance to win. It wasn’t a lack of effort.”
On Vanderbilt’s Zone Defense:
“I thought if we started making shots, we’d get back into the game. I thought the quality of our shots was really good. Our staff wanted to go to the zone earlier than we did, but I wanted to wait as long as I could.”
On Vanderbilt’s Confidence:
“Our players played really hard. I’m not sure there was a lot of growing up [needed] in order to play hard. I thought the stretch that lost it for us was where we missed an open three, missed an ill-advised shot, turned it over, and then turned it over again. That was where [Kentucky] jumped out to a lead and got up by like five. That was the key stretch. We shot ourselves in the foot a bit.”
On Vanderbilt’s Final Play:
“Kedren [Johnson] was an option… [Kentucky] did a good job of figuring out what the first option was… That’s a play I’ve kept in my pocket until a situation like that.”
On Vanderbilt’s Run:
“We started making shots. We kept getting shots.”
On Vanderbilt's 18-0 run in the second half:
"I think a lot of it had to do with our team's toughness. We have a lot of guys on our team that are competitive. Whenever we go on a run, and we're at home we feel like we need to defend our home floor. It just came down to everyone buckling down and getting stops."
On Vanderbilt's final shot of the game:
"I thought Kedren's shot was going in. He's a big time player, so I had full confidence in him. I thought it was a good look and I thought it was going in."
On the difference in the offense between the first and second halves:
"Clearly we got shots blocked in the first half, a lot. We made adjustments in the second and realized we had to drive and kick, and that was the key to making that run in the second half."
On going forward after this tough loss:
"We can play with anybody in this league. Kentucky is a good team, but if we come out with physicality, toughness, and play Vanderbilt basketball we'll be alright."
On the final play of the game:
"Coach drew up a play, it was a good play, and I think they switched up top. Mays kind of blocked off Rod from getting the shot up and after that it was just a scramble. I ended up wide open and missed it just a couple inches to the right."
On the positives of the game:
"I feel like we kept our composure a couple times when maybe earlier in the season we could have been lost a little bit easier. I'm proud of us, but we just came up a little bit short."
Kentucky head coach John Calipari
On his team’s performance:
“They just outworked us. They beat us to 50-50 balls. They beat us to long rebounds. We were lucky to win the game. Alex (Poythress) gets no offensive rebounds and his guy gets five. Now who is outworking who? That is exactly the stuff we’ve been talking about, but some of the stuff didn’t carry over. They went zone and we got tentative. We’ve been playing great against zone, but now all of a sudden guys don’t want to take shots. My shooter catches it and passes it so quick, it’s like we were playing hot potato.
Ryan (Harrow) made a big play, Alex (Poythress) made two free throws and then Nerlens (Noel) made that shot to give us some room.”
On how he compares this year’s Vanderbilt team to last year’s team that won the SEC Championship:
“They play just as hard and they run their stuff. Obviously, they had a veteran team last year and this year they have a young team.”
Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow
On if this venue was more hostile than others from this season:
“No, it was just our first SEC road game. Even though it was an ugly win, at least we came out with the win.”
On what turned the game around:
“I think they started playing more physical than us. They went on a little run and kept playing physical. They kept attacking one man and we weren’t rotating fast enough.”
Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein
On how Vanderbilt was able to dominate the glass:
“Basically in the second half they came out and played smash-mouth basketball. They outrebounded us and we were with them in the first half. We didn’t respond like we were supposed to. We just let them push us under (the basket). We have to change that because every SEC game is going to be like that.”
On Coach Calipari’s message to the team after the game:
“It was a learning game, again. In the second half they outworked us and that has been a big emphasis over the last month. Today I felt like, me personally, I let my man play harder than me and that’s what we’ve been trying to fix this whole year.”
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