Feb. 18, 2009
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"It was the entire game, or at least the biggest part of it. We had 15 defensive
rebounds. If you have that few on the road, you're going to get dominated."
On Vanderbilt's 40 free throws:
"They deserved them, They were very aggressive. They played well as a team, they
moved around, and they deserved to win."
On team's effort:
"Those guys played their tails off, but we didn't play smart. We competed hard,
but didn't execute on offense. We would get discouraged and our defense started
lacking. We played well in the first half, but didn't carry out enough assignments
to make us catch up."
On Vanderbilt's effort:
"When you don't make plays, your margin for error is destroyed. Not all of your
plays are going to work. We thought we could drive it against them. When we got
into the paint, we didn't get fouled enough and we finished with no plays and
no points. It's not a very good solution to win. We were in good shape in halftime,
and when we came back, they took the ball from us and got on a roll. We got further
away from helping each other the further ahead Vanderbilt got."
On Kentucky's position now versus their first meeting with Vanderbilt:
"I don't care what month it is, you shouldn't be making mistakes of that magnitude
period...but especially not at this point in the season. Mistakes will be made,
but we have to try to cut that back. We had some success with Jodie (Meeks) and
his 3-point shooting, but our stats don't show success."
On Vanderbilt defense:
On start of second half:
"They did a good job on defense tonight. They tried to deny me the ball as much
as possible. I had a tough time making shots tonight. They did the same things
against me earlier in the season."
"We have to do a better job of getting open shots whether its though setting
picks or switching over."
On missing Patrick Patterson on the court:
"It was tough tonight. Patrick is a big part of our offense. When he's not out
there, we face adversity but he'll get back out there as soon as possible."
On giving up second-chance points:
"Patrick (Patterson) is such a big part of our team on the offensive and defensive
end of the floor. We gave away some rebounds but its still not an excuse. We
have to box out better and rebound better."
On playing at Vanderbilt:
"Every SEC game is difficult to win, but Vanderbilt played well tonight and usually
play well here."
On team's rebounding effort:
"I thought we played Vandy well but there were some areas that we were lagging
in. We could have done a better job getting defensive rebounds."
On possibly not making NCAA Tournament:
"We want to make the NCAA Tournament every year but were going to try to close
out strong and get wins."
"We were out-rebounded and you can't do that and get a win. I could have played
better tonight. They have some big guys in the paint and they're hard to get
around. We also weren't scoring efficiently."
On not having Patrick Patterson:
"He probably could have gotten most of the rebounds. He's a huge void to fill."
Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
"That's more like what I've gotten accustomed to with these guys in terms of
their energy and effort. I was really pleased, even at halftime. We played with
good intensity and emotion. I thought we did a good job on Jodie Meeks. Lance
Goulbourne came off the bench and gave us a boost. We played well in the second
half. We started it off well and played well all the way through it. We got into
the Bonus early in each half."
" Kentucky is a good team and we feel fortunate to have won. One of the best
players in our league didn't play tonight and we acknowledge that."
On Guarding Kentucky Guard Jodie Meeks
"You have to keep pressure on him and work it. He gets to the foul line and he's
a good free throw shooter. He's a great player and one of the best our league
has to offer."
On Getting the Ball Inside
" Kentucky played four perimeter players most of the game and so did we. We always
want to pound the ball inside. When [Perry] Stevenson got in foul trouble, we
tried to get it to A.J. [Ogilvy] and Festus [Ezeli]."
On the Game's Key Stretch
"We started off [the second half] on an 11-2 run. I thought that was the key
stretch in the game. When you come out in the second half and do that, it's a
real good sign."
On the Play of the Vanderbilt Bench
"In the first half, Festus [Ezeli] had some good plays. He keeps getting better.
Lance [Goulbourne] was a huge key in this game. He made it from three, he got
to the foul line, he played a real good game. I'm really happy for him. He deserves