Kentucky Wildcats TV have published their Arkansas post game videos. They haven’t posted any highlights yet, so first up is Coach Cal’s press conference with the media followed by player interview videos featuring Julius Randle, Alex Poythress, and Willie Cauley-Stein. Below each video you’ll have a rough transcript we typed up of the questions the media asked the coach and players.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
Cal, was this just simply they made free throws and you didn’t?
John, it looked like some guys were hesitant to shoot from the perimeter–this is the second straight game where you guys have struggled to make anything away from the basket. How much of a problem… [cut off by Cal saying that the guards didn’t play well–he said they were horrendous]
Some people projected a 2 team league [making the NCAA tournament] over the course of the week. Do you think Arkansas… [cut off by Cal saying the SEC should get in 5 or 6 teams]
John, how disappointing is it at this time of the year to have a team that takes two steps back?
Cal, with all the talk about that celebration after the LSU win and what that would do… Did you think this team had turned a corner, or did you know that this was going to…
Cal, you talk about how this was a good lesson tonight. Are you starting to worry that your team is running out of time to learn from these lessons?
Cal, you’ve talked a lot this year about this game–before the game you kind of talked about–the players talked about having fun, you’ve talked about having them encourage each other… [cut off by Cal]
Let me ask you, you’ve talked about having them compliment each other, and huddle the right way, and touch each other. Are you running out of buttons, I mean are you getting exhausted with all these things?
John, can you explain the number of lobs that you guys attempted that weren’t successful? Is it just guys trying to make an easy play and make a simple play harder or…?
John, what did you think of Willie [Cauley-Stein] being active?
Talk about Julius Randle’s minutes…
QUESTIONS TO JULIUS RANDLE:
I believe a question was asked about the quick turnaround with having to play on Saturday and being able to get this game out of his mind…
Julius, is it as simple as missed free throws?
You all only had 7 assists. Does that ball have to do a better job of moving?
With your all’s size is it surprising that you all missed so many around the basket?
Why is this team having trouble closing games–especially at home, Julius? What’s missing? First Florida, and then tonight against Arkansas.
Calipari said this should have been one of the fun games for you all. Obviously losing is no fun… but during the game, do you sense that you and your teammates are enjoying yourselves?
QUESTIONS TO ALEX POYTHRESS:
Alex, talk about down the stretch of that game–you guys kept missing free throws, they made some–do you feel like that’s ultimately what won it for Arkansas?
What is it with this Arkansas team that is tough for you guys? Why do you struggle against them?
Calipari said two guys quit. Any idea who those guys were?
Do you feel like anybody quit?
So why do you think that Calipari would say that [that two guys quit during the game]?
Do you feel like you guys, with this league since you’re Kentucky, do you guys get everybody’s best game? I mean, that’s what it seems like–you’re playing teams that are basically fighting for their lives right now with the NCAA tournament coming up.
Do you think they played better this time than last time?
QUESTIONS TO WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN:
The last two possessions in regulation and the first two possessions in overtime you all don’t ever get the ball to the rim because of a blocked shot, a turnover, whatever… How frustrating is that at this time of the year to have that happen four times in a row?
Is it a good thing or a bad thing that you have such a short turnaround to Saturday?
Cal said that you guys are still player driven–he’s doing too much on the sidelines. Do you feel like somebody needs to step up, whoever it is, to kind of take the lead out on the court?
Willie, why do you think you are having trouble closing out games at home? Florida, and the now this game, you’ve got a lead late and can’t hold on to it?