Nov. 24, 2008
Box Score |
On Patrick Patterson ...
"I thought Patterson played really well. Sometimes statistics don't really tell
the most accurate story of the game. He was the dominate player on both ends
and he was very active tonight. He had six assists and four blocks with three
steals. That is a really good night. We did a better job looking for him and
he did a better job posting and receiving. He played the way he should play tonight
with more confidence and more energy."
On the high-low game ...
"It should be a good way for us to play. We did get some because of their lack
of size tonight. We did better on offense tonight and getting the ball reversed
on offense. Our guys also posted harder than they have been posting. We have
been hiding ourselves in the post a little and tonight they really presented
themselves to the ball better. We got more high-low action, but we have to continue
to get much better. We have to get open on the wing, make good passes and make
On substitutions ...
"I thought we had one of the hardest practices that we have ever had today. We
went about as physical as you can for around 50 minutes. Some guys have not been
getting the job done either mentally or physically and when that happens we are
going to make some changes. The best motivator is the bench. That is what we
choose to do today."
On energy of play ...
"It was really good. I thought they played tough all game. We started to get
a little tired towards the end of the game. We played a bunch of different combinations.
Our level of energy was much better than we have had all season."
On lead guard play ...
"We had some mistakes tonight but we are still continuing to get much better.
We are much better now than we were 10 days ago. We are improving leaps and bounds
on a daily basis. We will have some setbacks because teams will do different
things defensively. It is a very tough position, but we are getting better all
Kentucky Player Quotes
On the game ...
"We went out there to play and got the win. That's the most important thing."
On how prepared the team was for this game ...
"We had a good day of practice yesterday and came in and got prepared today.
I think we prepared well. It showed tonight when we got off to a good start."
On the upcoming game in Las Vegas ...
"We are very excited about going to Las Vegas and having the opportunity to show
what we can do again. I don't think that was our real team last week against
North Carolina . We just had a pretty bad game. We'll get another chance to show
what we can do and show what this team is made of."
On if the team is looking forward to the trip to Las Vegas ...
"I think (we are looking forward to this trip). It will give us a chance to redeem
ourselves, as well as to get out there and play hard and well."
On his first college start ...
"It was a lot of fun and I was really excited about it. It caught me off guard,
because I didn't know it was going to happen until right before the game. I played
alright and I could have played a lot better. I made a few mistakes here and
there, but it was still my first start so I am excited about it."
On his rebounding performance ...
"Coach wasn't too happy about my performance on the rebounding end. I don't know
what was going on with me, but I just wasn't getting a lot of rebounds tonight.
I just had one and he (Coach Gillispie) wasn't too happy about that."
On how he takes Coach Gillispie's statements ...
"I just take what he says and go with it. I will try to work harder getting rebounds
and try to use his coaching as a learning experience."
On if he feels he will be the superstar Coach Gillispie says he will become ...
"Coach sees a lot of things in me and has brought a lot of things out of me.
Hopefully he is right. He has made me work a lot harder than I use to and he
has made my intensity better. I am a quicker and stronger play now. He has done
a lot of things for me."
On his career-high performance ...
"I think I did pretty well. The first half started off well. My teammates were
able to find me inside the post and I was able to move my feet and get open.
I was able to take advantage of the size difference."
On what the team did well ...
"We were able to execute and pass the ball around the perimeter. The guards were
able to drive to the basket and create open gaps."
On how hard he was working in the game ...
"(I was working) really hard. The coaches were emphasizing the (post position)
today. They said we had a huge size difference and needed to take advantage of
that. We tried to look for each other more this game. We just tried to take advantage
of our strength."
On if his slow start in games was related to his recovering from his ankle
"Somewhat. It's just confidence. That's pretty much it. I've had a slow start
the first three games and I'm just trying to turn it around. I'm trying to build
my confidence up and get back to where I was last year."
On Coach Gillispie saying that freshman Darius Miller can be a superstar ...
"No, I'm not surprised. (Darius Miller) can be a superstar. He can do all the
things out there. He can play defense, he can rebound. He can post down low.
He can shoot the ball from the outside and drive to the basket. As his confidence
builds up and his game strengthens, he can be a superstar out there."
Longwood Head Coach Mike Gillian
Opening statement ...
"First of all, when you have situations like us, at the stage we're at and what
we build as a Division I program, these are fantastic opportunities for our kids
to get out of this environment. We want to take them around the country and put
them in these situations whenever possible for a number of different reasons.
But the main reason for us, as we make improvements, is to figure out where we
are as a program. We always try to prepare the same and put ourselves in situations
where we can win games. When you go and play against very good teams, you figure
out for some of your guys what they need to do in order to be competitive at
that level. I have to give credit when credit is due. If Patrick Patterson has
a game like he did, it makes it very difficult for us to defend. There's a lot
of learning for our guys in those circumstances. As we put it together, we not
at the level that Kentucky is at right now."
On Patrick Patterson's play ...
"I think it says a lot about the coaches and their ability to work towards a
common goal when you say, `We're going to throw it to him and he's going to score.'
Now obviously they have a big size advantage there but you still have to make
the pass, you still have to catch it and you have to put it in. Everyone has
to believe that, so obviously that has occurred. Being a fan of college basketball,
it's nice to have the opportunity to watch a guy play like that. Obviously we
don't want him playing against us with 22-points, 10-rebounds and three assists
in the first half, finishing 12-for-15 from the floor. Maybe we could have done
a few things differently but the effort is there."
#23 Ryan Bogan
On the Kentucky team overall...
"I thought they were a good team. They were everything we expected. They were
a big team, and we were a little smaller. It made it a little tough to rebound,
but it was everything we expected coming into the game. They work well together
and they move the ball fast. They are pretty good defensively. I mean, we lost
by 30 points."
On Kentucky versus West Virginia ...
"They are definitely at West Virginia 's level. I'm not going to go too far into
it because they have to play each other next week. They do have different styles
of play. Obviously, Kentucky attacked the glass a little stronger, but that's
On Jodie Meeks' play...
"He is a tough kid. We tried to shut him down a little here and there, but he
shoots the ball pretty well. I think that he has a pretty good season ahead of
On Patrick Patterson's play...
"He is a big strong guy. We have only played six games this year, so I can't
say that he was the best. I could say that he was the best so far though. He
hits the glass and he knows how to work for position."
#22 Dana Smith
On playing in Rupp Arena against a team like Kentucky ...
"I used to come here every summer for basketball camp, so I've had my tours of
Rupp Arena. It felt good to play here because my family was here and I had a
lot of support. It excites me to play any team from the SEC, especially Kentucky
. Having my family here to support builds my excitement."
On using this game to prepare for the rest of the season...
" Kentucky is a very tough team. Their strength makes us stronger. For us to
be able to battle against them only makes us stronger for the season. In practice,
we focus more on defense. We let the offense come as we go. If you can tackle
one area the other one will come along with it. We have been trying to practice
On strengths and weaknesses...
"Teamwork is our strength. From day one at practice we joined together as a team.
Our weakness to improve on is to come together and become a rebounding team.
We aren't a big team so we have to work extra hard in that area."