Once again the great YouTube folks at Kentucky Wildcats TV have swiftly added highlights of the Kentucky vs. Belmont game, a video of Coach Cal’s post game press conference, and player interview videos with Randle, Polson, and Cauley-Stein. You can watch them all below followed by a rough transcript of all the questions the coach and players were asked by the media.
Here are the questions asked during the press conference and interviews–watch the videos to hear the answers.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
Cal, what do you think about the way you guys played–especially in that second half?
John, when you decided to go with Polson down the stretch in the first half, what kind of a reaction did you get from Andrew on the bench–was it positive or pouting or…?
John, did it surprise you at all the way that Jarrod and Dominique did respond for you with that many minutes today?
You tried to tell us this summer [about Aaron Harrison being the best player on the team] that you didn’t understand that one twin was better than the other. Is some of that, you think, that some of the pressure is off of him [Aaron] by playing off the ball?
John, you talked about what Dominique and Jarrod brought to the game. Are those traits that can be taught, and how critical is that to kind of spread throughout the rest of the guys?
John, when you came to this state, Kentucky hadn’t won a championship since ’98, Louisville hadn’t won one since ’86, now the state’s produced back-to-back national champs. It looks as though you’ve raised the level of play at both schools.
John, having not played Marcus Lee as of late, but I see you played him today 10 minutes–what were you thinking about when he got in there early?
John, have you ever had a “Camp Cal” session more important than the one you’re about to undertake?
Cal, outside of scoop passes in transition, what did you like about what Julius did today?
QUESTIONS TO JULIUS RANDLE:
What do you expect Saturday to be like, and what do you think about the importance of the game?
You probably don’t even know how tough of a game it is–how important and tough it is to play in a game like that.
Are you going to be seeking pointers from Willie having already played [Louisville]?
Was the way you played today sort of a representative of what your game is at its best–to attack inside and sort of force people to either get out of your way or put you at the line?
Coach was say he wasn’t even sure you felt some of the contact as you went through the guys. Do you just get accustomed to that kind of level…?
There were a number of times today where you went up against a double team and you were able to score. Is that confidence or…?
How much have you guys worked on just ways to get you ball? It seemed like you touched it a lot more today.
QUESTIONS TO JARROD POLSON:
Do you feel like there’s more of an eagerness to get out there today since you had a week off and you’re coming off a loss?
Jarrod, what’s this place going to be like next week? Last two national champions, state rivals…
Willie was saying that he didn’t really understand it last year as a freshman… just didn’t reall get it. You guys obviously have a lot of freshman. Will you guys try to talk to them about what it means to the state?
Do you know anything about their guards? They’re pretty quick there.
How important is it for you guys to like regroup during these holidays and having all of these practices and come in and take care of business?
QUESTIONS TO WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN:
Willie, what do you think Rupp’s going to be like next Saturday with the last two national champions playing each other and obvioiusly the in-state rivalry? What do you think it will be like?
When you played in that game last year, was there a different intensity because of the rivalry? Or once it starts is it just a game?
Will you communicate that [the UK / Louisville rivalry] to the other guys?
Willie when you hung that alley-oop, I’ve seen DeAndre Jordan do that in the NBA when you went up and the ball stuck. Has that ever happened to you before?
But was it the lob or did you lose it?