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Kentucky-Marist Postgame Quotes




Nov. 11, 2011

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Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari

Q. Well, what did you think?

COACH CALIPARI: I didn't like how we started. One of the things I had to explain to this team, we've got a lot of young guys, I was just disappointed that the older guys don't understand that anybody that comes in this building, this is a big deal for them to play here, and they play out of their minds, every team we play. So if you let them beat you to balls and you don't play harder than them, that's the kind of effort -- that's what happens. In the second half I think they got a little wore down and weren't able to make the shots they made early, and then you spread the game out.

Without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis, we are down at halftime. Those two were so good in the first half. That's the only reason we were up.

Q. What was your message to Terrence and the team after last night?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, you know, he understands, and the team understands, we have a curfew now. The beginning of every year I give them an opportunity to, you know, figure it out, police each other, do your thing, and they know the night before a game. Come on.

But he knows. He feels bad of what he did, so we'll deal with it. Now we have a curfew. Not all bad. We'll go curfew weekdays and weekends and have these guys in and settle in on what we've got to do.

Q. What can you learn from having -- with all these young players, playing in Rupp Arena with a giant target on your back with all this tradition, what can the players learn from this game?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, what happens is the last game Marquis Teague started so good, our team started so good. This game he was trying to make hero's plays to get ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd so he turned it over twice in four minutes, three minutes. He's had four turnovers in 70 minutes to this point. He had two in four minutes cross-court passes with guys wide open in the corners, and he held onto the ball too long. He wanted to hold it to the last second before he passed it. That's what happens when you start getting away from how we're playing and reverting a little bit, and I got on him a little bit and I told him I'm not changing, you're doing it.

The other thing is did you see Darius (Miller) run that court at the end of the game? Why don't you start the game running the court like that? The same thing with Doron (Lamb). Doron played well; eight assists, no turnovers. He played pretty well. But still, defensively he and Darius are not where they need to be with the rest of these guys. We've got to work a little bit on Kyle on post defense and some other things, but he ended up doing some half decent stuff.

Q. Why do you think Doron and Darius are not where they would need to be? You would think they should be maybe ahead.

COACH CALIPARI: I don't know. I don't know. I mean, I thought Darius (Miller) at the end of the game played pretty well. I don't know if they were uptight because it's the real season now and the stuff is on and we're this highly ranked team who could get beat by 100 teams in the country right now, and we didn't perform. And again, if Michael wasn't out there and Terrence wasn't -- or Anthony wasn't out there, we're down at half. We're down.

Q. How well does the lobbing -- how big of a part of what you're doing right now is the lobbing to Anthony, how well does that sort of substitute for a low post power kind of thing?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, he doesn't have that game. That's not his game. But Michael does, Terrence does, Kyle Wiltjer does. We have enough post guys. We didn't throw to them and a half in the first half, but we have those guys. But what it does it kind of just demoralizes the other team. Think about it; you play great defense and the guy is falling out of bounds and throws it at the rim and the guy dunks it and smashes it and the whole crowd goes nuts. You play zone, he's hanging around the rim, so you're doing a great job in zone, and all of a sudden your point guard throws it at the rim and he dunks it. It takes the wind out of your sails.

In transition, you're a small guard, you know, I'm getting dunked on if he's running. You're standing there saying I'm going to dunked on here, so usually you'll slow down so you're not on a highlight tape and just let him do it.

Q. What are you expecting or maybe what are you hoping to learn from your team with the game with Kansas in New York and then the end of next week the back to back games?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, the biggest thing is will we, one, play the way you have to play for us to win. In other words, as a point guard, will you play the way you've played, or will you revert? Will guys play for numbers or play for us? I really think we'll be fine. I just don't know if we're ready to play a team like Kansas or maybe a team like Penn State, a team that's a -- you just saw the first half of this game, you had to walk away saying, maybe he's right. Then you see the second half and say, well, they can beat anybody. What the about the first half? What if we play two halves that way? Anybody in the country can beat us.

So we've got a long way to go. Defense we got beat on the dribble in the first half I'm guessing ten times, just beat on the dribble, just caught it and drove by us and laid it in. We didn't stay down, we didn't stunt, we didn't help, we didn't talk. There was just a lot of ugly stuff in that first half.

Q. What did you think of how Terrence played when he got in there?

COACH CALIPARI: He played pretty good. Obviously he was -- you understand embarrassed and all that stuff, and I expected him -- I was surprised he played as well as he did because it's hard. I mean, you're walking in there and thinking everybody is looking at you and talking about you. I mean, it's a natural thing. The kid is 20 years old. But he'll be fine. He made a mistake. I don't throw kids under the bus. I don't -- this one became public, so I responded in a public way on the website. That's all.

And the rest of it, anything I do with any of these kids in any situation is always in-house and I don't -- you all don't know when I punish kids. You won't know.

Q. Marist didn't drive the ball nearly as much in the second half. Was that just an effort thing or some adjustment --

COACH CALIPARI: Well, we played better -- we stunted off the ball better, we helped off the ball better. By I think part of it is they got a little tired. I thought in the second half they wore down on shots -- they shot 50 percent in the first half. I'm going to say it again, do you remember we played Miami (OH), we're down 18 in the first half? Teams are going to come in here and play out of their mind. Penn was up, what, 16 on us last year? Penn won like ten games, nine games. They come in here, they're up 16. They go out of their mind, and our team, I'm not sure we understand that yet.

Q. What's the best thing you guys are doing?

COACH CALIPARI: Winning. It's nice. I love winning. But we're still -- execution and what we're doing, spot at this. We didn't run the court wide again. We had guys run down the middle. But we are long and we are big, and when you put Terrence at three and you've got Anthony Davis, Kyle Wiltjer and Terrence Jones and Michael Gilchrist in with the point guard, this is as big a team as there is in the country. There is no bigger team, which means you should be able to offensive rebound, you should be able to get to the rim. It doesn't mean you have to post-up, it just means defensively you're huge. It makes it hard for them to score.

Q. Seems like Doron Lamb, he had 15 points, but it was kind of under the radar. Is that what he wants to do? Is that what you need him to do?

COACH CALIPARI: You know, he just started sluggish, the game. He didn't have the fire. Not everybody can play like Michael Gilchrist, but you want them to strive to do that. If you're not used to playing that way and you start playing that hard, sometimes you won't play as well because you're not used to playing that hard, you're not used to catching it, running that fast and making that play. I call it playing outside your comfort level, and that's why you want to practice that way. Be uncomfortable, make yourself uncomfortable. But he did well; 15 points and eight assists is pretty good stuff, especially when you have no turnovers.

Q. Does that give you -- I don't know the circumstances, but does it give you a little more confidence in Doron if you've got to run him at the point a little bit?

COACH CALIPARI: He's fine. We had a screwed-up rotation because Terrence didn't start, but when the rotation in the second half was better, it was a little bit easier. And by the way, it's my son's -- you imagine 11/11/11, my son's 15th birthday today, so happy birthday, Bradley.

Q. You had made a point yesterday about how Marquis was not hunting shots, and obviously not turning the ball over. What do you suspect was the reason why he sort of --

COACH CALIPARI: Because it's real and it's television and it's first time in this environment, my first game out of the gate, and he lost his mind a little bit. And I got on him during the game. He's not used to being -- but I told him, hey, I've coached point guards before, and the ones that listen to me do fine. So just listen to what I'm saying and stop arguing with me and just do what I'm asking you to do. I've got you, I've got you, coach. He's a good kid. We've got players that are good kids, now we've just got to make sure they understand the fire and the intensity they've got to play with.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

Kentucky Players

#20, Doron Lamb, G

On feeling comfortable at point guard in big games …
“I feel good. I practice at the one (point guard) and I’ve practiced my ball handling. I know the plays at the one (point guard). I can deal with it.”

On what happened in the first half, pertaining to your injury …
“I was playing defense on one of the guards, he double pumped I went to block and missed. Then Anthony came out of nowhere and hit me in the face.”

On starting in New York in front of your family …
“I feel wonderful going back home finally. I haven’t been home since the summer, so it’ll be great to see my family and friends. So getting to play in front of them, in Madison Square Garden, against one of the top teams in the country is exciting.”

On the upcoming game verse Kansas…
“I’m looking forward to the game but I will prepare just like every other game. I feel great going home, I haven’t been home since the summertime. It’s an honor to play in New York City.”

On 8 assists and no turnovers…
“I had a great passing game, I got to keep that up. I worked on my ball-handling and point guard skills in the offseason.”

On where he was during TJ wreck…
“I think I was asleep. We got to focus on the season and basketball for six more months. We have to do what we have to do and keep winning games.”

On Anthony hitting him in the eye…
“I went down and I didn’t know what was going on. My head was ringing and it’s still sore but I will be fine.”

#23, Anthony Davis, F

On if there are any situations where the other players cant lob it to him around the rim…
 “I don't think there is any situation because if they don't lob it to me, then they are going to go to the rim and finish. It's kind of pick your poison, kind of cool in a way.”

On focusing on certain things as opposed to doing it all in high school…
 “It was kind of hard to focus on certain things at first, but now I have people that can pass the ball, people that can shoot, and people that can rebound so I can do other things. It makes my game a lot easier. I don't get tired as quick.”

On what it was like to put on the UK jersey for a real game…
“It was great. We all came out all amped and excited, and I think that's why we came out slow because we were overly excited. But in the second half we settled in and played our game.”

On if there is any extra pressure playing for this program…
“There is a lot of pressure because all the fans are expecting a national championship. But we will play every game like it's our last and we will keep that winning streak alive.”

Marist Head Coach Chuck Martin

Opening statement …
“You’ve got to give Kentucky a lot of credit, they were really tough, their length and athleticism makes it really hard for you on both ends of the court and obviously Cal had his guys ready to go in the second half.”

On not being able to drive in the second half …
“Well, the No. 2 team in the country showed up and they shut down the driving lanes. I thought we did a good job in the first half, we had a good game plan to spread them out, we had been watching the two previous exhibition games where teams were settling for threes and we were preaching don’t settle for threes, drive the ball, get to the rim and once you get to (Anthony) Davis pass it again because the previous two games Davis had blocked everything and started Kentucky’s transition. We had been preaching drive the ball downhill and get to the paint, get Davis to commit and swing it one more time. We had done a really good job in the first half and we attempted to do it in the second half and they are the No. 2 team in the country so their athleticism made up for a lot of their mistakes.”

On Davis’ play in the post …
“I had read a few things Cal said and I know that has been a concern. If you don’t have a guy that is physically strong enough then you dive in to the post or just run to the rim. I think they made a tremendous adjustment in the second half, running Davis to the rim knowing that we weren’t athletic enough to meet him at the rim.”

On Bruiser Flint’s (Drexel head coach) advice for playing in Rupp Arena …
“He said, ‘sit tight, put your helmet on and it will be a different experience,’ and it was. It was a fun atmosphere, I had never played or coach here before. It lived up to the billing. It’s a tremendous place with unbelievable history and tradition. Aside from playing here, I think our kids took that away, being able to play on this stage and play as well as we did in those first 20 minutes.”

Marist Players

#20 Jay Bowie, G/F

On what it was like to play in Rupp Arena...
"It was really nice. There is a lot of history in this place."

On playing the number two team in the nation...
"They're very tough, they're athletic, and all very skilled. It was just a great experience to get to play against them."

On how the team played...
"We played great in the first half. The second half wasn't as good but the first half, but I think we showed a lot of promise for this team."

#11  Isaiah Morton, G

On playing in Rupp Arena...
"It was wonderful. I wouldn't trade it for anything else."

On how the team played...
"In the first half we played pretty well. We did some good things. We are pretty confident heading back into our conference."

# 11 Dorvell Carter G/F

On how he felt playing in Rupp Arena…
“It was a good experience with it being the most historic arena. It was a really great atmosphere.”

On what he thinks the team can take from this game…
“Kentucky is the number two team in the country with six NBA picks. We played with them in the first half and they made a run on us in the second half. The only thing we can learn is to always come out and play hard the whole 40 minutes.”

On how he thinks Kentucky’s season will be ...
“To be honest they are a pretty good team and I think they are definitely a Final Four team.”


 

 

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