Kentucky Wildcats TV have been busy posting lots of great videos for UK fans. First up are the senior night festivities for Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood followed by UK highlights synced up to the Tom Leach radio broadcast. After that we have Coach Cal’s post game press conference with the media. Finally, we have Jarrod Polson, Jon Hood, and Dakari Johnson player interview videos. After each video you’ll find our rough transcript of the questions the media asked the coach and players.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
With James Young poor shooting… Do you want him to keep shooting out of that? He doesn’t seem to hesitate, or do you just want him to say it’s not his night?
Cal, there was a play where Dakari [Johnson] hit a shot and then you went and gave John Hood a high-five. What happened?
Cal, a little bit off the subject of tonight’s game, but you talked about it a little bit on last night’s radio… and Joe B. Hall talked about it some today… How much is your hip bothering you, and how much has that been a pain for you this season? [Cal responds by saying it’s been bothering him but he has no excuse and that he’s just a negative guy… the Cal starts laughing hysterically and slapping the table, which leads to the next question]
Are you on pain medication right now?
Has that been a rough thing though [hip problems] to deal with during the season?
John, when you said the players are fine and they’re having fun… watching them it doesn’t always look that way. What makes you say that?
Cal, there was a stretch in the second half you guys were really getting after it–Andrew dove on the floor for a loose ball–how much of that happens though only when shots fall?
Talking about that Florida game, there’s so many story lines you can look into that with them trying to go 18-0. What are you kind of zone in on in that game?
Cal, what is the mark that Jarrod [Polson] and Jon [Hood] have left on this program?
John, since you said you have five filters before anything gets to you… how did it get to you about the fact that there was some talk out there about you not coming back?
So you are coming back?
QUESTIONS TO JARROD POLSON:
And walking out, the people cheering for you… Just what was going through your mind and body?
Sharing it with “Hoody,” since you guys are so close, does that made it even better?
Jarrod, how much does it mean to you that both of you actually scored tonight?
How much better were you guys tonight?
Cal talks a lot about 18 and 19 year olds… given you and Jon’s experience in the past years with all the players you have been with and post season experience, how do you all think that [it’s hard to hear, but I believe he asks what will they be able to do to help the younger guys in the post season]
Do you find they listen to you when you say that [you can’t let up at all once the tournament starts because it’s win or go home]?
QUESTIONS TO JON HOOD:
Before the video starts, a question was asked in regards to how rattled the team was to start the game…
What do you mean, Jon, by redefine who you are? What does that mean, exactly? What is the definition?
Jon, can you talk about just your emotions going through the hoop [during the senior recognition festivities]–just what was going through your mind and body and that kind of thing?
And the fact that you did it with Jarrod [senior night festivities], as you say your best friend, that’s gotta make it even a lot more special…
Jarrod was saying you were talking trash that you were going to shoot a lot of shots… He said you were going to shoot 15 and that you almost got there.
And you got one [a 3-pointer] and he got one, and you both had one by the first TV timeout–that was pretty cool.
QUESTIONS TO DAKARI JOHNSON:
Do you feel like that something that somebody doesn’t normally do [play with energy during adversity and coming together] that you’re willing to do?
Do you think guys are listening when you try to do that?
How long has that been going on for–what you guys were talking since [referring to the energy/doing what Cal wants them to do comment]?
Has it been really strange with you guys facing adversity when most of you guys are not used to it?
Has this season been a lot tougher than you thought it was going to be?
Cal said he could tell some of the young guys were “rattled” was the word he used. Did you feel that way?
What went on in that locker room? Jon [Hood] came out here and was actually pretty funny and giddy with us. We haven’t seen that side of him in a while.
How was he [Jon Hood] after the game with you guys? Was he funny, joking, and cutting up with you all?