Sunday, February 07, 2016
Saturday, February 06, 2016
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Yes, he earned his space, and I’m so happy for him because he has worked so hard and hasn’t had the opportunity, and what he did was he took advantage, and we all look and say, he needs to play. Let him play. And then you’ve got to stop waiting on some other guys, you’ve got to say, hey, he deserves it.
I thought Marcus Lee was really good today, very active. Derek was a little in and out today. He wasn’t himself, but he made the shot that we needed, the gap to help us win. He didn’t end up rebounding the first half, but Isaac was terrific. I thought Jamal, other than two or three plays that he just can’t help himself, the way he played was really good, and then Tyler Ulis, I told Tyler this is a 15-assist game for you because of how they play. It’s old school. You’re not getting to the rim.
And he had 11 assists. I said, you didn’t quite get 15, but you had 11.
You’ve got to have somebody next to basket, maybe it’s Isaac, maybe Skal (Labissiere) keeps coming. But I do know if Marcus Lee will do what he did today, we have some room. But it’s good.
What we did Thursday, and there were people in the building, we went for two and a half hours, and it was a body-to-body, mano-Ã¡-mano, rebound, defend, play. I was mean at times, but that wasn’t what it was. It was the bar was raised of what we were accepting. And I thought guys were terrific. And then yesterday was more of a clean-up day. You can’t blame these kids. I said it, I got away from defense because I was trying to get us better offensively because I thought you cannot be a team that’s scoring 38 percent and not have enough offense, which we were for a while. Now we’ve gotten better offensively, and we started stinking on defense and rebounding, and I went back to it.
This is one of those teams that I’ve probably got to spend the time, more time than I’d like, to make sure we don’t get away from rebounding and drills and teaching and defense and how we’re going to play.
No, he was ready to play. Again, they’re still learning how to win. Like Isaiah (Briscoe) drove the lane, has the guy in the corner but he has to look away and throw it underhand, and I went bonkers. Why would you do that? Jamal went on a drive right and had a lay-up, but he had to finger-roll it. He had to do the ice man, whee. The problem was it was an airball, and that’s the kind — why would you do that? I don’t know.
Like we still have defensive plays where guys are getting beat back door or where we’re not running back and forming a wall. There’s just so many little things that you cannot be what you all want us to be until we can play 40 minutes of basketball, dig in and play. Every possession matters on defense. We’re not close to that right now.
But we’ve got a month, so within a month, I’ve got to get them convinced. They’re fighting me. They don’t think we have to, and I say, well, let’s think back to Tennessee. Maybe we don’t have to. I mean, you cannot play sometimes. You’ve got to play. But it was nice today — I thought Charles did okay, but again, Charles misses a couple shots, and then he can’t play, breaks down on defense, one-hand rebounds. He’s just — he’s a young kid that’s learning.
I didn’t know until after. I knew he had a lot of points. He knew he had a lot. He tried to make that last one.
No, I like what Tyler did, and I like what Isaiah did. When Isaiah goes and goes six assists, one turn, and I’m telling him, do not drive to get fouled, you either pass it or shoot a lay-up, do not go in there and throw your body into somebody and think you did something good. You’re missing free throws, so don’t do it, just drive it and pass it or drive it and shoot a lay-up. So he’s getting better.
But it was a great bounce-back game. You think about it, we just had two tough games. Going to Kansas and losing and how we lost, and then having a 21-point lead at Tennessee, and I said, Rick Barnes just did a fabulous job of having his team ready, and they never quit; they played like his teams do. They defend, they rebound, they’re tough, they’re physical, and when it got close, we had some guys fouling out and I don’t want to be in this, and we learned.
But to do this against this team — and again, you have to understand, this team beat West Virginia by 20, and they had won five of six games. So they had been playing well. But this was good for us, good win.
Yeah, well, we beat the crap out of each other for two days, so hopefully it carried over, but the other thing is, I had to take Derek out in the first half. He had three offensive rebounds, so nine of those offensive rebounds, three of them were on Derek Willis, and then in the second half you saw that he rebounded the ball. So they couldn’t make that run. And I keep telling him, you don’t even have to make shots if you’ll rebound and defend. I can leave you on the floor. You can go 0 for 5, which he won’t, but you could if you rebound and defend.
The first half, it didn’t matter that he made shots; he had three rebounds where he didn’t go be physical.
Still learning. Still learning.
We’re trying to get Jamal to either catch it and take the thing to the rim — any inside-out pass to him we’re telling him shoot it, don’t hesitate. If it’s inside and it comes out to you, let it go. If you’re coming off a screen and you want to drive, drive it coming off a screen. We’re trying to tell him, do not back it out and do the animal on tape. You just don’t play that way. You don’t get by anybody. It’s an offensive foul. It’s a turnover. Just off a screen, catch it and go, which he was doing better today.
Look, we’ve got a lot of things we’ve got to teach a lot of players, and it’s to be able to do this — I was hoping Dom (Dominique Hawkins), he didn’t feel healthy enough to play. It’s funny, five minutes before the game, (knocks), all right, I thought I was going in to talk to the team, and it’s the trainer, “Alex isn’t playing today.” Who did he step on in the warm-up line? I’m going to fire somebody this time. No, no, his knee was just been bothering him, so he can’t go. I walked in and laughed and said, Isaac, you’ve got your chance, here it is, go have fun, and he did. I was happy for him.
Well, the game got close because we broke down on defense, and they executed the crap out of some lobs, some back doors, some different play, offensive rebounded twice, and all of a sudden you look around and it’s 14. And when you’re up that many points, you’re going to massage it and take a shot late. If you can get it in transition, you do. If you don’t, you grind it out. And that’s why historically my teams get up 20, they win.
We didn’t do it at Tennessee. We shot quick shots. We broke down defensively. We didn’t come up with any tough rebounds, and all of a sudden it went from 20 to 4. This thing never got under 14, and so I thought our kids did good. I like how they responded. 10 turnovers in a game. You know, we had a couple games there we were 14, 15 turnovers. We’re not going to win because that’s another three or four baskets for that other team.
I don’t know. He’ll go get X-rayed tomorrow to see.
Video/Transcript: UK Players Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis, Isaac Humphries Post-Flordia Press Conference Interviews
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“Just a couple minor things that we’ve been going over so many times. I think just having him here instead of hearing him over the phone is a difference. I love to have him here and I kind of involved him in the game.”
“We do a lot playing off each other. He’s a great facilitator for the team, makes sure everybody’s in place and everything. I just kind of play off of him and try and knock down shots and help him a little bit.”
“He has a lot of confidence in me. I’ve just gotta have the same confidence I had tonight in shooting the ball. That’s how we need to play. Not just me, but as a team. Everybody was hitting shots and everybody was in the right spot and did a great job. Not just offense, but defense and rebounding.”
“It’s never a perfect day with him for me. So just try to get better every day and try to improve.”
“It’s nothing personal. It’s just him being him. I just go out there and listen to what he’s saying, not how he says it and focus on my game and how I have to play.”
“For this game, it was a good shot. Most of the shots I took were good shots, except for the ones I missed in the paint. But overall I just had a good day.”
“I know what he’s talking about. I just gotta go into the man more and try to draw contact, get fouled.”
“I know who he (George Gervin) is. I just didn’t know his nickname.”
“I knew I was shooting well. I didn’t realize I had 20 at half. I was mostly looking at the score to make sure they weren’t coming back like the Tennessee game. But no, I was aware a little bit of my shooting and how well I was shooting, but I didn’t pay attention too much. I was trying to stay focused and not let it get to my head.”
“My whole family. My dad and high-school teacher and my brother and mom. When I hit a 3, I looked to them and made sure they knew that shot was for them.”
“That’s all we’ve been focusing on. The last couple of games, we broke down a lot defensively and we’re trying to get back to where we were earlier. We understand as a team we can’t just win on offense.”
“Just trying to be more vocal, make sure guys are in the right spot. We worked on a different type of defensive scheme and made sure we ran it.”
“I didn’t really give a message, but we understood as a team we have to come out and play. We can’t give up games at the end like with Kansas. We were in the game, we had it, and then at the end, we gave it up. Then with Tennessee, we went up 20 and let them come back.”
“That’s all I look for. Once he’s hot, he tells me he has it going and he just wants to play off of me. So I just try to get in the lane and make things happen for him.”
“Alex (Poythress) went down today. We were talking about how we had to step up a little more today, carry a little more. We just went out there and tried to do that.”
“It means a lot to be on any type of list with him because he’s a great player, an All-Star. It’s great for me.”
“It makes it easier on a lot of us, especially with me. I don’t have to go in and try to score too much. Just let things come to me a little more and let Jamal do what he’s doing. And when he’s on fire, I’m happy for him.”
“A great boost. I’ve been talking about Isaac being able to play for us and being able to give us big minutes. Today I talked to him like, ‘C’mon Isaac, you have to step in and do it for me boss.’ And he just came out, helped-side defense, blocking shots, walling up. Just defensively he did a great job. Offensively rebounding, and I feel like he had a great game.”
“No I haven’t. I’ve been telling KP (Kenny Payne) a lot early in the year. I feel like he came in against UCLA and gave us some great minutes against Duke. I felt like today he could do it and he did.”
“No, I don’t think it hurt anyone’s confidence. Me personally, nothing really hurts my confidence like that, and as a team, we felt like we understood that we gave that game away. It wasn’t anything within our team. We just played, we just didn’t execute. We just had to come out and play a little harder.”
“I guess so. I just try not to let anything make my confidence go down.”
“I don’t know. I’m just out there playing and Coach tries to take me out sometimes and at the time if I don’t want to come out, I don’t. When I get tired, I call for subs.”
“I don’t know. I’ve always been like that. I ran distance track as a kid, so I’ve always had that type of stamina. I just don’t really think about it. I feel like it’s more mental than it is physical.”
“It’s always been that good and we he’s hot, it just looks a lot better because anytime I’m in trouble, I run to him. Flip it back and he makes the shot. So he helps me out a lot when he has it going like that. They can’t really just zone in on me. When they do, I just hit him on the wing and he knocks down shots.”
“As soon as we went into the locker room to talk about the game he (Coach Cal) came in and said Alex is out so it’s my chance.”
“I think I did well. I was on a mission to prove myself out there so I think I did well in my own opinion.”
“Just the end goal. I gotta think about it every day. Even though I haven’t been playing I’ve still been working every single day and honestly just getting so much better. It goes both ways.”
“Mentally it’s one of those things that you question yourself, you doubt yourself and stuff like that but you just have to push through it. Coach has been telling me all season that I’ll get my chance and today was it and I think I proved myself.”
“That was a great part of the game for me. I was just talking to Tyler about it actually. I noticed he had a complete mismatch and I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to have to go eventually,’ and then I saw the ball being passed to him and I just went for it. That’s all you can do really.”
“Yeah, it was tougher, but we needed that. We worked really hard this week coming from those two losses. We all were aggressive with each other and I think it paid off.”
“When he told me I was going in I thought, ‘OK, this is it, I’m finally going to get my chance.’ I’ve been on a mission all week, really. My mom has been in my head just telling me to go hard, go hard, go hard. And today, I was really determined if I got a chance – and I did – to just really prove myself and I think all in all, I’m happy with how I did and how I took on my own little personal goal for myself.”
“I think my mom just noticed the mental, how it was affecting me mentally. I mean, it wasn’t that bad, but Mom’s being mom. She knows when something is a little wrong. She really drilled me and said, ‘Snap out of it, you’ll be fine. You’re young. When you get your chance go for it.’ And yeah, I did.”
“Yes and no. I mean, all of the bigs fouled out against Kansas and I kind of still stayed there. But, it’s just how it works and I’m happy with that. It’s fine. I’m just happy I got a chance today.”
“Yeah, very happy. I’m very self-critical and I can honestly say I think I did well.”
“I’m not one to get nervous, but I was talking to Jonny (David) just before the game and I said, ‘Bro, I’m really nervous. Like, I don’t know. I know I’m going to play today. I haven’t been nervous for a while.’ And he just said, ‘Turn it into motivation.’ So I honestly just used the nerves as a positive. But it was foreign to me. I don’t really get nervous. But it felt fine.”
“I just need to, what you said, stay consistent. I finally got an opportunity and now I’ve got to continue growing on that. In Coach’s eyes he will see my progression and he’ll be more comfortable with playing me.”
“I knew I was going to play because he told me because Alex (Poythress) was out. And in the warmups I just tried to go as hard as I could and just get warm. And mentally I just had to stay calm. I was out there for about a minute and I was fine. I was back into it. I came off the game thinking, it’s crazy what muscle memory does because, yes, I haven’t played for a while, but – obviously we practice every day, but a game is different, and I just felt like it was old times.”
Video/Transcript: Florida Head Coach Mike White, John Egbunu, Dorian Finney-Smith Post-UK Game Comments
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“They were incredible. I thought Ulis really controlled the entire first half, offensively and defensively. He didn’t allow our guards to even get into ball screens defensively. I thought he put on a clinic, some of those things that won’t show up in the box score offensively. He runs the show. He makes you defend on the ball, off the ball. They do a good job setting screens for him. But Jamal Murray stole the show with his ability to make shots. I think he’s still open right now. I’ve never been apart of anything like that; very, very discouraged. It’s like we didn’t know that he’s a good shooter. Not a very good effort. I wish we would have given Jamal a better effort. He was unbelievable. He’s a really good shooter and they did a great job of getting him open.”
“No separation, I’m sure. Any coach in the league will tell you that. With all of the screens being set for him off the ball, you have to take care of that first before you even think of defending him with the ball in his hands coming off the ball screen or driving it or what have you. But all the screens are being set for him. If you get out of the stance and he’s got separation in the paint before he even comes off the screen, you’re already beat. He just did a good job of creating that separation. He did. And then we over-helped on some penetration by Ulis. And Ulis always knows where he is, of course. And just lost our mind a few times. I believe his first one was a wide-open one in transition. We had three guys stop the basketball. Something that every college team works on every day. We did a ton of transition defense. It was arguably our biggest key of the game and when you have three guys stop the basketball, somebody’s open. And unfortunately for us, Jamal Murray was open. And it’s not a great way to start the game offensively with him.”
“I think guard play is extremely important. I think it masks other issues. I think they have a really good frontcourt, personally, but I think they have an even better backcourt. And if those guys play like this every day, they’ll have a chance every night. They were fantastic today, those two guys (Murray and Ulis), and Briscoe is a really solid piece too. Played with a lot of effort and intensity. Defensively, you could hear him out there chirping a bunch. Really strong and tough. He’s a problem on the offensive glass at times, and he’s got a great ability to get in the paint and playmake as well.”
“I’ve lost my mind about eight timeouts since then. So it’s hard for me to remember the first five minutes of the game. Transition D killed us. Missed blockouts. I know we had a live ball turnover early that resulted in a layup or dunk. Looking back, man, I just remember it was a lot of Jamal Murray. The second half is a little more clear in my mind, but he just did whatever he wanted to do any time he wanted to do it. And Tyler Ulis was equally as effective defensively as he was offensively in the first half.”
“They were so good against Tennessee early, and I could see that we just saw that for 40 minutes. And again, I think we had something to do with that. Not to take anything away, obviously they were really, really good. But they’re really capable. And if you let a guy like Jamal Murray really get going early and he’s got his mojo going, and Ulis is playing like he did today, they’re capable of beating anyone in college basketball.”
“To be honest, I was a little bit surprised. I hadn’t seen these guys in person, and there was more girth that I thought. They were really physical, and I thought that we might have, at least certain plays, we might have some success inside or some success on the offensive glass or even driving it in there, at times at least. Not that they were weak on the interior. But I was surprised with how strong they were. Even Skal (Labissiere), he’s so long when you see him in person. He’s such an athlete. When you see him on TV, he looks thinner than that. And I thought (Isaac) Humphries did a good job too, just throwing his body around. Those guys on the interior were very good.”
“Yeah, definitely. Not that we would have won the game by any stretch, but it’s just discouraging that we weren’t even competitive. At times this year, really until the last week, our defensive numbers were really good. I want to say a week ago, maybe 10 days ago, we were like sixth in the country in defensive efficiency. And that’s not the team that was out there today. That’s not who we were. We’ve talked about the identity that we play through all year. And if we’re thinking about how many 3’s we’re going to hit at Kentucky and ‘I wonder how many I can score at Rupp Arena,’ ‘I wonder when I’ll be open,’ and ‘I wonder if coach is going to put me in;’ whatever we’re thinking about, if we’re not thinking at a really high level on a consistent basis we’re thinking about the wrong thing. That’s got to be our identity. We’re not good enough offensively. We’re not good enough in several areas to not be great defensively.”
“I thought that they were locked in. I thought it started, again, with Ulis. There were three or four plays that we called that were quick hitting or with some movement in the first half that Tyler just blew up with the pressure on the basketball. I thought there were, again, six or eight ball screens that we set for our point guards in the first half that Tyler didn’t even allow us to get to the screen, didn’t even allow us to get that rub which would lead to the next action. When he’s picking you off at halfcourt and using that and sitting in that stance and using his quickness he’s got, and he’s got the ability to do that. So I think it started with him and on the interior, they took a big charge early. I remember our guards flying in there a couple times in the first half, and they showed their length and their bounce. That lane was clogged up. There weren’t a lot of places for us to go when we put our head down and drove it. And I thought they did a really good job, as well, of stunning and recovering on the perimeter when our guy did get by them, they knew where our shooters were. I thought they did a really good job on KeVaughn Allen, but especially on our quick guys. Our speed guys, Chris (Chiozza) and Kasey (Hill), it wasn’t their best day, and Kentucky’s defense had a ton to do with that.”