Quotes From UK Men's Hoops Press Conference
Jan. 7, 2000
"We are moving into conference play after playing a very competitive non-league game. The Georgia Tech game was a very good test for us to get us ready for an excellent Vanderbilt team. I thought our guys showed a lot of grit because there was a chance for us to fold when Georgia Tech took the lead. We held our ground and were able to overcome some problems, especially us not shooting the ball well. One of the areas we need to improve in is transition defense."
"The Vanderbilt game is a must for us. For us to have any chance against Vanderbilt, we have to contain their transition and fast break. We have to locate their shooters, especially Dan Langhi who is having a great year. They have a veteran team with experience and are putting a lot of points on the board. Their chemistry is there and they move well without the ball. They have a high shooting percentage at 51%. It is unbelievable that in their last game, they hit 15 of 23 three-pointers against Florida. They are a team that presents a lot of problems. We haven't be a very good team as far as defending the three-point shot. Sam Howard and Dan Langhi are two guys that were are going to have to locate, but they also have other guys who can shoot the ball well. We are going to have to play one of our better games to win."
On the Commodores' hitting most of their 3s against Florida in transition:
On Vandy's low-post threat:
On Vandy's style of play with first-year head coach Kevin Stallings:
On Jamaal Magloire's fouls:
On the importance of Desmond Allison defending the perimeter:
On Vandy being 0-23 in Rupp Arena and Stallings trying to convince his team
they can win:
UK Player Quotes
#3 J.P. Blevins
On how Vanderbilt’s win over Florida affects this game:
"I think that our hard pre-conference schedule only helps to prepare us for league play. We have to take time to refocus now for conference play. Of course, you want to win all of your home games, but that becomes particularly important in league play because of how tough the road games are."
"We know that we’re hard to beat in Rupp (Arena), but we also know that we have to play well to win. Defense is the key to tomorrow’s game. Defense is what this team thrives on, so it will be the key to our success all season."
#11 Saul Smith"This game is very important because we want to play good basketball going into SEC play. There are annually a lot of good teams in the SEC, and this looks to be a good year for our conference."
"Our schedule permits us to gain a tremendous amount of experience. If we didn’t play as many good teams, we wouldn’t be this good."
"We are definitely focused on every team that we play. A win like the one that Vanderbilt had over Florida definitely catches everyone’s attention. It caught my eye that they beat them as bad as they did. I got to watch a little of the game, and Vanderbilt ran with Florida the whole time. That is impressive."
#42 Jamaal Magloire"I am excited about starting SEC play. We are ready, confident and playing Vandy should be a good challenge for us."
On Vandy’s Dan Langhi:
"It is important to win all home games, but we need to win all of our SEC games. It is a preview of March Madness for us. But I know we are excited to get going and our coaches are excited to get the conference season started."
On Vandy’s upset of Florida: