Kentucky Wildcats TV are back with the Mississippi State game highlights, post game Coach Cal press conference, and a players press conference featuring Jon Hood and Dakari Johnson. I’ve written up a rough transcript of the questions the media asked the coach and players, which you can find below each video.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
Cal, when did you decide that you were going to go with Jon [Hood]?
John, how about the play where you guys missed a shot and Hood ripped the rebound away from State. How much was hustle like that a key today?
Along those lines you usually talk about how any road win in the SEC is a good win…
Do you see that as a sign of growth at all to be able to win on the road?
John, what about what Jarrod [Polson] gave ya?
Cal, at what point will you get to the stage where you say they’re still tied up in how they’re playing… What point [cut off by Coach Cal].
John, what did you think of the play in the first half where somehow Jarrod was defending Ware in the post and he fought to take that pass away?
John, Julius’ numbers were pretty good, but what was he not giving you that you needed?
With all the stuff you got from Jon Hood, he only played 3 minutes in the second half. Did you think about playing him more, and why not?
QUESTIONS TO JON HOOD AND DAKARI JOHNSON:
Jon, what sense did you have that, you know, this might be a game that you contributed on the court?
Jon, you guys were +13 in the first half when you were in… What do you think changed in that stretch?
How did the three feel from the corner? And it looked like that was a transition thing where you stationed yourself in that left corner and waited…
Jon, has there been any frustration at all this year when you decided to come back for that last year of eligibility and then not get to play very much?
Dakari, you made all of your free throws today. How do you feel about that?
Dakari, were you surprised at all that you guys were never able to pull away in that second half?
Dakari, you mentioned changing up a little bit on your free throw… What exactly did you do?
Dakari, I think a couple of games ago you said you were comfortable coming off the bench because it gave you a chance to see what the other team was doing. How have you adapted to that starting role the past few games?
Jon, you’ve seen a lot of these road games–you’ve been apart of a lot of wins. How difficult is it to get a win at Mississippi State or anywhere in the SEC?
Jon, that was a good play in the first half where one of your guys, I can’t remember who, shot and missed, State got the rebound, and you took it away from him. Can you describe what happened on that play, and how much hustle was a factor today?
Jon, Coach talks about how you’ve been around now for a while, and he talks about coach like he’s young again–doing things more hands on, he’s coaching like he’s 35. Do you see a difference in him?
Dakari, did you guys come into this game with some confidence after beating them once before? Is it difficult to beat a team twice?
Jon, when Coach comes down in the first half and tells you to go in the game, what exactly–what sort of instruction goes on? What sort of message does he–what happened?
Dakari, what sense do you have of just the way Cal thought you guys played? Was he happy with how hard you played, or was he asking for more?
For either one of you guys… State seemed to do well in transition early on. Was there an emphasis at all on that during a timeout or anything like that?
You guys usually take a lot more free throws than the other team. They shot 10 more than you guys did today. Is that something you guys weren’t doing defensively with the way they played?