The awesome YouTube folks at Kentucky Wildcats TV are back again with post game videos following yesterday’s Texas A&M game. First up are highlights of the game, followed by Coach Cal’s press conference with the media, and lastly player interviews with the media featuring Alex Poythress, Julius Randle, and Dakari Johnson. A rough transcript of the questions the media asked the coach and players are below their respective videos.
QUESTIONS TO COACH CAL:
John, speaking of Alex, how much did he impact the game defensively and offensively?
Cal, two things. One, I cannot imagine you wanted to shoot 15 threes in the first half? And two, what’s wrong with Willie [Cauley-Stein]?
Cal, with Dakari, do you see that as an example of a guy sort of taking advantage of that opportunity–seeing those extra minutes?
John, maybe a little thing–maybe not–early in the game for the first time I can remember, I think it was Aaron [Harrison] and Julius [Randle] both asked to come out about 3 minutes into the game. Is that what you want–is that a step forward?
Cal, how different are you, and what are those differences when Julius gets rid of the ball quickly?
Cal, what is Jarrod giving you that maybe takes some of those minutes that Dominique was getting before?
What was the difference between Andrew [Harrison] in the first half and Andrew in the second half?
John, you say you want to get Derek in the game… I’m just wondering when the ideal time for that is? It’s not that often in this league you’re up by 18 late in the game–do you know what I mean?
QUESTIONS TO ALEX POYTHRESS:
On that one crazy dunk, it looked like you might have changed your mind–I thought it was a layup, but you kept rising and dunked it. Was that a mid-air decision?
Do you sometimes surprise yourself with how high you can get off the ground?
Is that a nice surprise when you jump and realize that you’re higher in the air than you thought?
Do you realize us mortals have no idea what that feels like?
How did your teammates react to you tonight in that stretch when you sort of put them on your back?
What changed at the start of this game? Obviously you weren’t out there at the very beginning, but how did you guys get out of the gate better than you have?
Is that a relief to not be in a 10-2 hole?
As a guy who’s been through the ups and downs, and I know you room with Willie [Cauley-Stein]… What will you say to him with the sort of stretch he’s going through? It’s been 3 rough games in a row for him.
QUESTIONS TO JULIUS RANDLE:
Did anything in particular click for Alex in those moments? He’s had a few stretches like that this season–a 4 or 5 minute stretch where he just kinda goes off.
Julius, can you see the difference when you’re out there playing–can you see the difference in the offense when you give the ball up quickly when a double comes?
Why do you think that was, Julius, that today was the day where you were moving the ball better?
Julius, you had 11 rebounds during the game. How did you get the ball to your hands that quickly?
Julius, can you talk about keeping this thing up–this momentum going into Saturday’s game against Georgia?
QUESTIONS TO DAKARI JOHNSON:
What was the difference inside with this game versus the Tennessee game? Was it just personnel, or what was going on?
Was that a focus for you guys after the Tennessee game? Did you really want to get better inside against Texas A&M?
How about Alex’s game? We’ve been hearing about how good he is in practice, and now he’s… Calipari said we really saw it today.
Is that what’s going on with you too [you get what you put in during practice]?