As always the day before a UK game, the Kentucky Wildcats TV YouTube folks have posted pre-game videos. Coach Cal is MIA again for the coaches’ press conference, so Orlando Antigua fills in for him. Julius Randle also addresses the media. Apparently Marcus Lee spoke with the media as well, but so far there’s not any video of it. Below each video you’ll find a rough transcript of what the media asked Coach Antigua and Julius Randle.
QUESTIONS TO COACH ANTIGUA:
Orlando, I know you cannot talk about a recruit until they get there… can you talk about your relationship with your high school coach?
Are you guys still friends?
The players were talking about having fun. Like that moment at the end of the LSU game. How important is something like that going forward?
Is it a “hit the wall” kind of thing–especially with younger players to lighten the load mentally?
Is that why Cal put the picture up on the wall, too? Is that kind of a constant reminder that you want these guys to see as they walk by there?
What did you guys not do in the first Arkansas game that you need to do on Thursday?
Cal said Alex has been in the gym working here these last couple of days–in a little bit of a slump for him. What have you seen from him?
On a recent radio show, the coaches were talking about confidence–trying to, if not maintain it, boost it with encouragement–what I would say is encouraging talk–painting the brightest picture possible. How much is that something you guys are trying to do now coming down the stretch?
I think the last two games there have been a few possessions where they all slapped the floor together on defense–clapping a lot more. Is that something you all are asking them to do or is that just kind of a by-product?
Do you think the post season being so near helps fuel that a little bit? The idea that payoff is coming, or are they oblivious to that sort of thing?
With Marcus and Julius who we just talked to they said it was, you know, trying to find where to bring out the passion–the fun was kind of the problem early on. What do you remember from being a player, and where are these guys pulling it from, where are they trying to find it at?
Julius mentioned that at the end of the LSU game he volunteered or wanted Johnny O’Bryant–he wanted to guard him. And he said that wasn’t something that he went to a coach and asked for, it was just something they worked out among themselves on the court. How much of that happens generally?
What about if the guy has 4 fouls and he says “I want to take on that…” [cut off by Coach Antigua]
Speaking of on the floor, John is up coaching hard, and you know, he’s locked in on what’s going on… and sometimes you look down there and he’s out on the floor. Are you or any other assistants assigned to–does coach ever tell you, “OK, if I get a little too far out there, reach up and reel me back in?”
Did you all look at the film of that last play at Arkansas at all this week?
When you look at that last play, what do you see in that in where it falls–the dunk?
Was that play a block out play–a block out missed, or was it just sort of a…?
How much better is Arkansas now than they were back then? I think they’ve won 5 of their last 6.
QUESTIONS TO JULIUS RANDLE:
Cal said he put the picture of that celebration up in practice facility. What did he tell you about why he wanted to do that?
Julius, did you ask to defend Johnny O’Bryant at the end of the LSU game? Can you take us through if that was true and how that unfolded?
Did you go to Coach Cal and say, uh… [cut off by Julius]
Julius, during the last couple of games there has been at least been one possession where you all slap the floor at the same time together. Is that something you’re doing by design or that just kind of the heat of the moment thing that’s happening out there?
How much difference does stuff like that make, really, Julius? I mean, is it a big deal?
Marcus [Lee] said, Julius, that you guys have been doing a lot of running… on offense?
What do you remember about the last game at Arkansas?
Have the coaches showed you that at the end at all this week on tape?
Where do you guys think you’ve improved the most since then?
It felt like you guys broke through in a way, just emotionally at the end of that game. Is that a breakthrough at the end of the LSU game?
Marcus [Lee] just mentioned to us about where to find the fun, where to find passion. It was kind of what to deal with this season. Where are you finding this new passion level?