Quotes After UK's Win Over UNC-Asheville
Dec. 7, 1999
Coach Tubby Smith Quotes
"It's good to be back at home in Rupp. I think that was a big key tonight. With our depth and athleticism, I think we were really able to get out and establish tempo and show a defensive presence. I thought we challenged passes and rebounded well. We were able to control the game the entire time, and I was pleased with our effort offensively and defensively. This is the type of effort we've been looking for."
On snapping the three-game slide
On Desmond Allison's play
On the play of Marvin Stone and Keith Bogans
On the play of Tayshaun Prince
On the team's play
UK PLAYER QUOTES
#32 Desmond Allison
"Tubby stayed confident in us despite the losing streak. He just made sure we remembered that we are capable of playing a good full-court game for 48 minutes."
"It felt good to come out and play well in front of the home crowd. Our troubles started on the road so it felt good to come home and end them."
"We expected a tough game tonight so we wanted to stay focused on getting the win. We knew that we had to play our kind of basketball to get the job done and that is what we did."
"We expect Maryland to come out tougher than they did the last time we played them because they will be playing in front of their home fans. They are well coached so it will be tough to beat them twice. We will have to focus on our defensive pressure and our rebounding. If we can play our offensive game like we did tonight then we will hopefully have a good chance at getting another W."
#42 Jamaal Magloire
"Tonight we were able to pressure the ball well, box out on defense and rebound well. Those were all areas that we improved in and hopefully we can build on that heading into the Maryland game."
"Hopefully we will start off against Maryland where we left off tonight. We will just continue to work hard in practice on our fundamentals."
"The hard work is really paying off for Desmond (Allison). He will only get better if he continues to get the most out of his individual workouts."
#40 Jules Camara
"We were very unselfish offensively tonight. We played our type of transition game and got the easy baskets that we needed."
"This game will help Desmond a lot. The way he played offensively and defensively will only help his confidence. This was the kind of game he needed."
"We will have to play fundamental defense like we did tonight. Maryland has (Terrence) Morris who is a star, but they have other players who can score also. We cannot allow him to beat us alone. It will take another good team defensive effort for us to beat them again."
#24 Marvin Stone
"We played well tonight. I think I played well offensively. I just wanted to go out and have fun. It was a good game all around."
"We needed this game. We needed to get back on the winning track. Hopefully we can keep this up. We've got Maryland coming up and it's going to be tough."
"We are right back where we want to be. We were relaxed tonight and we got a good win that we needed."
#21 Tayshaun Prince
"Going out there tonight we just wanted to win. It didn't matter what their record was, we still had to go out there and play good to win. We needed to come out and execute and we did."
On the upcoming Maryland game
UNC Asheville Coach Eddie Biedenbach
"We didn't have a good game tonight. We had hoped to come in here and play well. Kentucky has a lot of good players. They played physical tonight and we didn't have a continuous battle on the boards. We didn't work hard enough and grind it out enough to run our offense with any kind of consistency. We turned it over 29 times which is far too many. It just was not a good performance for Asheville against a good Kentucky team. It's disappointing because we have been getting better while the games have been getting tougher. Our guys tried hard and it wasn't their effort but rather a combination of mental alertness and playing like you are supposed to play."
On UK's defensive pressure:
On comparing UK to their other opponents this season:
UNC Asheville Player Quotes
#21 John Risinger
What are your thoughts on the game tonight?
What do you think of this Kentucky team compared to the other top teams you
What is the key to this Kentucky team?
#11 Brett Carey
"We started out real slow. We need to come out with more intensity like we did in the second half of the game."
"Kentucky is a good team. We have played a lot of tough teams, but they are definitely one of the toughest teams we have played this year."