Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Transcript: Cleveland State Head Coach Gary Waters Post UK 101 vs Cleveland State 70 ~ Bluegrass Showcase Comments

Cleveland State Head Coach Gary Waters Post UK 101 vs Cleveland State 70 ~ Bluegrass Showcase Comments

On the combination of De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk … 
“Well, if the NBA had different rules, they would probably be there right now. They are good basketball players – especially Fox. Fox is a really good guard. He is playing as well as (Jamal Murray) when we played Kentucky in Cancun. He’s not shooting as well, but he is playing as well.”

On if they tried to make Kentucky beat them from 3-point range … 
“No. The reason why it didn’t work out was pretty obvious when you look at the score. My goal is to go out and play our kind of basketball. We get up and we press you and it wasn’t effective today. It just wasn’t effective. They’re a pretty good team. You’re ranked No. 1 for a purpose. If you’re not a No. 1 and you’re there, you’re going to be knocked off there very quickly. They’ve got a chance to hold that (ranking) for a little. They’ve got bodies and they’ve got big bodies. For us, it’s a little harder because our inside presence hasn’t played yet this season and when your leading rebounder and haven’t played it’s hard. We are trying to do everything from the outside and that’s hard against a team like Kentucky because their guards really come after you and playing defense. It’s probably the hardest we have played against a team where they guarded our guards that hard. And you know what the crazy part about it is? They enjoy doing it. When you get guards who play on the defensive end that hard you can have a lot of success.”

On what he sees as UK’s biggest flaws … 
“If you look at that score, I’d say zero. Probably their perimeter shooting. If they can have some folks that keep Fox out of the middle and make the others beat you, you’ve got a chance. But. They’ve also got good inside presence. They want to score inside. They’re physical and you’ve got to match that size. There aren’t a lot of teams who can match that size. Ask Michigan State. They tried to match it and they couldn’t match it. And if Michigan State can’t match it – it’s hard. The difference between them and others it (Kentucky) has more of them. I know Calipari feels good about this group of kid and I have to bet he enjoys going to practice every day. 

On what his team needs to work on …
“We have a lot to work on. We just need to get personnel back so we can figure it out. I did feel good about Robert Edwards. He had a good game, but we can’t beat a team of that magnitude with just one person. You need a group of people to do that. We have to get more people contributing offensively. The biggest thing is if we had an inside presence, then you can get that. Now, you have to worry about that. Now teams are saying, ‘Let’s just shut down the outside.’”

On if he was surprised with the speed of the Kentucky players …
“It was about what I expected. They’re relentless when they come out you. The thing that’s scary about them is they enjoy getting out there and doing it because they think they can be creative out there. I have to give them credit. (Coach Calipari) is allowing them to show creativity with a bunch of young kids like that. Usually you have to be more strict and disciplined to make sure everything is run to an order. He’s not doing that. He’s saying, ‘You play hard for me on the defensive end and get out and enjoy yourself on offense.’ That’s pretty good basketball when you can do that.”

On UK’s five freshmen on the floor and guard combination …
“They’re playing pretty well together. They play their roles well together. A lot of people make a big-to-do about five freshmen. If you look at those five freshmen, probably all five will be in the draft. When I look at their team – I was fortunate when I was at Eastern Michigan to be able to play the Fab Five when they were all freshman - (The UK freshmen) have the equivalency to be able to go out there and play like that. They’re literally a better defensive team. They don’t have the guard size that Michigan team had, but they do have the quickness and defensive ability that team had.”

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