As always, the great YouTube folks at Kentucky Wildcats TV have posted highlights of the Vanderbilt game as well as Coach Cal’s post game press conference and player interviews with Willie Cauley-Stein and Jarrod Polson. I’ve written up the questions the media asked the coach and players, and you can find those below each video if you’d like to take a quick glance.
What concerns do you have about Julius, on another case, with cramps? Earlier in the week, Tony Delk talked about maybe tension, pressure for him…
Cal, you said that Andrew [Harrison] is finally starting to get it. How important is that… [Coach Cal interrupts with his answer]
Willie came in here saying this was a team that was a big question–could you guys be a team? How important is what Andrew does make a difference?
What was supposed to happen, Cal, on that play right near the end when the ball came down to Aaron [Harrison] on the baseline and he threw a lob back a little too far…? Did you want him to just pull it out?
You’ve got a young team, you come in here your first [road] conference game and Vandy wanted to kind of slow it down–make it a grind it out game. How do you think your guys did with that?
How do you balance, John, between wanting to grind it out and earlier how you talked about transition…?
You had that moment where you had a lob in the last 20 seconds that you don’t need, you leave the corners… are the good moments starting to out-weigh the bad though?
Are you building up Alex, John?
How is Marcus?
Coach, were Vandy’s lack of numbers a factor at all in the game?
QUESTIONS TO WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN AND JARROD POLSON
What did it feel like for you guys to get a win against Vandy today after they beat you last year in the SEC tournament?
Was this what you expected, Willie, or better or worse than what you expected you guys to do against this team?
Willie, what ways do you feel like you showed up today?
Jarrod, you had made one three I believe all year, and you came in and hit two in the first half. Did you just see an opening and take advantage of it?
Willie, did this game feel kind of like a grind it out game to you guys? Like you really had to bare down and grind it out?
How much did you feel like–how well did you think you contributed, especially on the boards? What was the key to the board stuff–you guys dominating the boards?
For either of you guys… This is a team playing that is down to 7 scholarship guys. They had more staff out there than roster I think, and lost their leading scorer this week. Do you think this game maybe said something to your younger players about having this situation on the road playing the SEC–you gotta bring it?
Willie, how did you feel like you guys responded when they made runs?
Jarrod, you came in right after I think Dominique got beat on an in-bounds play for a layup. Did you go into the game for defensive purposes or for hustle purposes, or not for three point purposes?