Here are the Arkansas pre-game videos featuring Coach Cal, Dakari Johnson, and Derek Willis. I’ve typed up the questions the media asked the coach and players. Watch the videos to hear the answers.
John, how much has Arkansas–their style of 40 minutes of hell–how much are they going to try to do that?
You talked at Vanderbilt sort of how happy you were with the steady progress Andrew’s making. How much of a test for him will this be?
So when you say you hit them in the mouth yesterday…?
What did you think of what Derek Willis gave you Saturday?
So I guess you like hearing that Derek said that he’s in here from midnight to one/one thirty working on that shot?
That must be harder to do [be completely invested] with classes returning…
Cal, when you talk about finishing games in the last 3:05, free shooting was not good at all. Was that part of this role about hitting free throws?
You said this morning that Julius has to practice as hard as he’s playing to get rid of that cramping thing. Can he do that that often? Can he do that every day?
Do you like the minutes that Dakari’s giving you?
John, I remember you saying about wanting the guys to play on instinctionally. Does the 40 minutes of hell style sort of bring more of that to the surface?
Are you confident they’re prepared for the atmosphere they’re going to see tomorrow?
Do you like those 9:00 late games–does it change the player’s mentality, the way you guys go about it?
What is your role, and what does Calipari want you to do when you get in the games?
Is it getting easier for you? Is it coming more natural?
Do you think it’ll be a little easier going on the road now that you’ve gotten the first road game in the conference under your belt?
How weird was it playing in Nashville?
Is it odder or stranger playing on the road than you thought it might be?
With Julius having some trouble with cramps, do you big guys feel more pressure to step up and play those big minutes when he’s out?
How aware are you guys of that when he [Julius Randle] goes out? When he starts having that injury…? Are you guys aware that he’s in pain?
Can you tell how frustrated he gets with the cramps?
Can you sense the way that Andrew [Harrison] seems to be sort of figuring some of the things out that Cal says he’s really happy with in the last game with the way he’s progressing?
When Cal said that Alex still doesn’t believe in himself as much as you guys do… what does that mean? What do you guys see in him that maybe he doesn’t see?
QUESTIONS TO DEREK WILLIS:
Who else was in here at midnight to one thirty in the morning besides you?
Why’d you start doing it [staying late]?
Do you feel better after doing it [staying late]?
When you say “thought about some stuff,” what sort of stuff were you thinking about?
Do you sort of need that because you’re feeling some frustration about…?
What do you feel like–or what has Cal told you–what do you feel like you have to do to play more?
When you’re in here by yourself, do you have one ball you shoot, do you have a rack, or how do you do that without having anybody to rebound?
What’s the latest you’ve been in here?
Do you just blow off class the next morning?
How good did it feel that not only did Cal put you in, but he gave you a nice run?
What have they told you about defense and what you need to do there to improve?