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Quotes After UK's Win Over UNC-Asheville




Dec. 7, 1999

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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
"It certainly makes us feel better about ourselves. It was good to work on the fundamentals. It gives us confidence going into our next stretch of games. We can carry a lot away from this game. The guys were smiling and I was smiling. It's really nice to be smiling again."

On Desmond Allison's play
"Desmond hadn't been focusing in the last few games, but he understands that other guys are ready to step in and step up. Tonight, he stepped up. He had good looks and followed through on his jumper. He elevated well and had good balance. He shot the ball very well."

On the play of Marvin Stone and Keith Bogans
"Marvin was excellent. He's got such great hands and really understands how to play. He does still need to continue to improve. Keith also did some good things tonight. He got some open looks, put up enough shots and was able to penetrate to create more offense."

On the play of Tayshaun Prince
"Tayshaun needs to move faster. After he makes a cut, he needs to come up ready to shoot. He has such a slow load on his shot that he won't get off a lot of shots until he does that."

On the team's play
"We're not there offensively. Even tonight we had open looks and taps that we didn't finish. But it is nice to see an improvement."

 

 

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
"It is good to get off some of the rust. They will play us tough. We know what they are going to do and they know what we are going to do. We will have to come out ready to play."

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:
"We turned it over in their press but it wasn't so much their press, rather (us) not attacking their press. We just didn't do the job we were supposed to do. It was a good press but that wasn't what got us beat. We didn't do what we were supposed to do."

On comparing UK to their other opponents this season:
"They compare to Tennessee. I think whoever has the best attitude and plays the best will be the best team. Connecticut is better than both Kentucky and Tennessee. Connecticut is a top five or six team. Kentucky and Tennessee are 15 to 20 depending on how well they get together. At this time of the year, Kentucky and Tennessee are probably at the lower part of the top 20."

UNC Asheville Player Quotes

#21 John Risinger

What are your thoughts on the game tonight?
"We did not come out as strong as we should have in the first half. We began to play better during the second half."

What do you think of this Kentucky team compared to the other top teams you have faced?
"I think that Kentucky is a real strong team. They work hard and they are right up there with the other top teams we have played."

What is the key to this Kentucky team?
"The key to their offense was Saul Smith. He does a real good job running things and pushing the ball up the court. He also gets the rest of the guys into the flow of things."

#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."

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