Friday, March 18, 2016

Video/Transcript: UK Players Marcus Lee, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Derek Willis Post #4 UK 85 vs #13 Stony Brook 57 First Round ~ 2016 NCAA Men's Tournament East Region Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, Iowa Comments

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MARCUS LEE

On the early struggles …
“We just knew it had to be won a different way today. Some of the shots weren’t falling today, some stuff went wrong. So we just had to adjust and once we figured out the right adjustment, we kept going.”

On his thoughts of playing against Indiana on Saturday …
“It’s always going to be history. I guess you could say all of us adjust to it because we’re in the NCAA Tournament. But I think it’s just a point where we have to get ready for it and we’ll be happy to be there.”

On if he ever saw any Indiana-UK games growing up …
“Growing up, that’s kind of the best part of basketball, in college basketball, is rivalry week and those rivals of the hyped up teams. So it’s really cool to finally be a part of it.”

On Tyler Ulis breaking the single-season assists record …
“Should have happened earlier. No, I’m just kidding. No but seriously, we’re really proud of him and we’re glad he was able to do that. Great for him to keep breaking records because that’s what he’s supposed to be doing.”

On how Ulis does what he does …
“That’s a Tyler question. I mean, he just has that thought process of figuring how to get people in the right way in they can score in the right places. He knows how to make each different player great in their own way.”

On if he’s a player who is two steps ahead of the play …
“He’s usually like seven steps ahead, and then he’s already yelling at me because I did something wrong and it hasn’t even happened already, and then it happens and I’m like ‘Oh no. Now I understand why you were yelling at me.’ He’s always a couple steps ahead of us.”

On what it is about Jamal Murray that makes him come alive in a game …
“I mean, he did struggle in the first half, but he kind of just had to find a different way to score. He’s a great scorer and he doesn’t just let one thing define him. He’s not just a shooter, so he knew his shots weren’t falling and he knew he had to go in and get some easy shots at the free-throw line and at the rim.”

On how Isaiah Briscoe is playing …
“He’s doing great. We need him for this team to win, and that’s how it is with all of our players. We kind of mesh together so well that without one player, we kind of feel missing and discombobulated.”

On the Cats’ defense since they had a program-record 15 blocks against Stony Brook …
“I think we need to recheck that, but if we did, that’s pretty amazing. I sure hope it works this year. It’s a supreme goal.”

On how they blocked so many shots …
“It was just that type if game today. Charges weren’t going, and we just had to go for it and not really think about it.”

On what Labissiere gave them …
“It was huge offensively and defensively. Defensively he played really well today. He got really huge stops and he got really huge rebounds and blocks today, which really puts him in a mentally focused way for the next game, where we need him to be.”

On whether he was concerned Labissiere would take a step back after the SEC Tournament …
“I don’t think so, because our team doesn’t let our players make huge steps back. We know that if something goes wrong in a previous game that we need to push him harder in practice. That’s what we kind of do every day, so he’s always confident going into the next game.”

On Labissiere’s emotions this season …
“I’ve seen him get angry and frustrated. That’s just the game of basketball. When you’re not doing the things that you’re normally able to do, you get frustrated. But when he gets frustrated he kept working. That’s why everything is working out well for him. Because he didn’t stop, he didn’t give up.”

On UK getting the NCAA Tournament record for blocks in a game …
“That’s crazy. That’s honestly an amazing thing. Hopefully we break it again in the next couple weeks. We enjoy breaking records here. That would be a really great thing to have two of Kentucky 2016 up there. That’s huge for us as bigs, knowing that we came so far to get to this point and the bigs figured things out.”

On the defense carrying the offense in the first half …
“I think that’s how it has to be. Defense should always come first because defense makes offense easier.”

TYLER ULIS

On how big of a first step it was for Skal Labissiere to play the way he did in the NCAA Tournament …
“Great. He was knocking down shots, making jump hooks. He held his own in the post today rebounding the ball, blocking shots and he just did a lot of things we needed him to do, and that’s great for him to build his confidence.”

On Jamal Murray’s ability to have a down half and bounce back with a big second half …
“His confidence is really high. He understands what he needs to do for this team. He doesn’t get down when he misses shots. I tried telling him, just keep shooting. He knows he’s going to keep shooting. He comes out and scores in bunches. Once he gets hot it’s hard to stop him.”

On Isaiah Briscoe’s double-double after a strong SEC Tournament …
“He’s playing very well, rebounding for us, assisting, just getting in the lane and making things happen. And defensively as well, he’s doing everything Coach needs him to do, and I feel like he’s playing his best right now.”

JAMAL MURRAY

On the game …
“First half, kind of shaky for everybody, me especially. But we picked it up in the second half and were able to get a W. We just gotta be consistent for the rest of the tournament and stay locked in. We can’t afford to be off like we were in the first half.”

On Tyler Ulis breaking John Wall’s assist record …
“We’re all not surprised. We’re happy for him. That’s a big record. So we’re all happy for him. That’s what he does. He finds people, he puts them in the right positions and he gets his own shot. He’s a great point guard, does a great job of handling his team.”

On preparing for Indiana …
“We’re just going to stay focused, take it day by day, go through what they have and their personnel and just be focused and locked in on what they got. We’re just going take a rest day, get healthy, get comfortable and be ready for Saturday.”

On whether there were nerves in the first half …
“I missed layups, I missed two-footers. I mean, I don’t know. That doesn’t happen often. That’s one thing that—I wasn’t even nervous. I was just missing point-blank shots. I was able to turn it around in the second half and get it going and my team started to follow behind me. That’s something that rarely happens.”

On getting going with his left-handed shot to start the second half …
“Ambidextrous. It doesn’t really matter what hand I shoot. That was just open at the time so I took advantage of it. As soon as I got my first 3 to go down, a couple free throws and a jump shot I was good.”

On Isaiah Briscoe doing so many things …
“He’s very versatile. He gets up the floor, he runs up the floor, plays defense. He’s almost like a Kawhi Leonard that doesn’t have a jump shot yet, but that’s something he’ll develop later. He works, he works hard and just showed it today.”

On whether it was the plan to get Skal Labissiere going early …
“Yeah, we wanted to go to him. We wanted him to get going, get his confidence back. He made a jump hook, got a dunk late in the game, I think. We just wanted to get his confidence up and we played through him sometimes.”

On his first NCAA Tournament game …
“Timeouts were long. Halftime was longer. I stopped sweating at a point, but it was fun. I enjoyed every moment of it. I love playing with this team. We just want to keep playing. We don’t want to lose right now.”

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