The good folks at Kentucky Wildcats TV have posted the post game Ole Miss videos. First up are highlights of the game followed by a very short Coach Cal press conference. The final video is a player’s press conference that features Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison. Like usual, I have written up a rough transcript below of what the media asked the coach and players.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
How did you like the way you guys closed this one out?[Andy] Kennedy called it “Kentucky boredom” when Ole Miss was able to make the run… would you agree with that assessment?
Cal, you’ve talked about young teams hanging their head. What does it say about the way you guys came out and started coming off Florida?
This guy to your left [Julius Randle] hit 10 straight free throws during that stretch and finally I think you went 8 minutes without a bucket before he got that last one…
QUESTIONS TO JULIUS RANDLE AND AARON HARRISON:
Hey Julius, with the play the coach was talking about, I think the score was 76-70 and you got the ball in the lane there… How does comes about? I mean is there a play called or how does that come about?
This is for both of you guys… What is it, you know, Cal talks about a young team will kind of hand their heads sometimes. What does it say that coming off that Florida game you guys came out and played the first half you played?
Aaron, you guys had it in pretty good shape–I think you were up 22. Why do you think it slipped all the way down to where you needed some clutch plays?
People have waited for you guys to have this complete game–this one big breakout to finally say your there. Is this maybe just a case where it’s going to be inch-by-inch where you play 30 good minutes against Florida, maybe 35 against Ole Miss on the road. Do you think you’re inching towards that game–does it feel that way?
What did you all do in the first half? Why do you think you all played so well in the first half?
Aaron talked yesterday about finding that balance between each of your personal goals, because most of the guys on this team have spent a lot of years now thinking individually about getting to the next level, balancing that with the team concept. At what point has that started to kick in more for you guys? Where the team maybe matters as much as the individual…?
You guys have had your struggles at the line in some games, but how do you explain making 19 straight down the stretch tonight?
Julius, you made quite a few down the stretch. How easier does it get when they’re going in to make the next one and then make the next one?
Were you aware when it happened that you had made 10 in a row? When you got to 6 or 8 did you go to the line thinking about it?
Julius, 14th double-double for you. I guess at this point in the season, are these kind of performances you’re expecting to have? I mean are you expecting to go out there and put up those kind of numbers every night?
Julius, you guys made a lot of threes in the first half. How much does that help open things up for the inside guys when the perimeter shooting is working?
I know communication has been something you all have been working on. How do you feel you communicated in the first half leading to that big run, and then in the second half when Ole Miss made their run?
What do you guys attribute the fact that you guys were so dominate on the offensive boards? Why do you think that was?
Hey Julius, the Ole Miss coach was not very happy with his team’s inside play… he sort of suggested they didn’t put up enough of a fight against you guys around the basket. How do you gauge, you know, how much they competed with you guys around the basket?