Kentucky Wildcats TV from YouTube are once again back with post game videos–this time for the LSU game at Rupp. First up are highlights of the game followed by Coach Cal’s press conference addressing the media’s questions. Lastly are player interview videos featuring Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison, and Aaron Harrison. Below the videos are rough transcripts I wrote of the questions the media asked the coach and players.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
Cal, you’ve talked before about wanting your team to sort of stick with it when things don’t go their way–just keep playing. How much is today an example of keeping playing?
John, the fact that you did get out with a “W” and we saw some emotion from your team there at the end over in the corner with Julius, Andrew, and all like that… I mean is that a step, I mean this team hasn’t always shown a lot of emotion?
John, you’ve got guys who are passing up open 15 footers to take contested, contorted shots in the lane. Is that just how this team’s going to have to play?
Was this one of those games that you felt like Julius–he was struggling offensively until that last one went in–that he found a way to help you guys… [gets cut off by Cal]
Coach, can you talk about the excitement level in the locker room, and how this helps in February–a win like this–how it helps and propels your team?
Cal, what does it say about Andrew’s progress that he had a bad shooting night but was able to make those two free throws to send it to overtime?
John, was that more of the way you want James [Young] to try to play through contact when he goes inside?
John, usually when your big guys switch on the other team’s guards they really defend… [Anthony] Hickey was able to do some business. Why do you think that was the case?
QUESTIONS TO JULIUS RANDLE:
With that loose ball at the end of the game, how did you get to it first? Did you just follow the flight or?
Julius, do you feel some times, you talk about the basketball gods, did you feel like they were working against you a few times? You had one, I know there in overtime it just didn’t go down…
You guys didn’t make any jump shots, Julius–hardly any. How dangerous is that if that would continue?
Talk about the obvious… I mean talk about being confident, talk about wanting to win, talk about you know you can win but want a game like this, talk about who you are… freshman/seniors–forget about that nonsense. It’s gotta help your confidence winning a game like this.
QUESTIONS TO ANDREW HARRISON:
You’re smiling. Talk about the game at the end and what it felt like.
What did you see on the last play that Julius made, on the put-back?
Talk about the pressure. The up and back pressure of overtime.
What does this win do for your team?
Not a great outside shooting night for anybody on UK. Was it an emphasis to get to the rim?
Were you guys worried down 74-71 in OT?
QUESTIONS TO AARON HARRISON:
Talk about what happened on that play where you fell and hit your head.
Were you seeing stars or anything, or were you just scared that you had fallen pretty hard?
I think like the next possession you dove on the ground again. You must not have thought about it for too long.
Andrew looked pretty concerned when he came over to you. Did he say anything or did you notice that?
What did you see on Julius’ shot there at the last second? Did you get to see it? What was going through your mind?
How much did you all just need a kind of moment like that dog pile at the end of the game?
Is that the kind of moment that you can kind of propel yourselves forward?
Where does the team go now from this win? What kind of confidence does this build?