Friday, November 25, 2016

Transcript: UT Martin Head Coach Anthony Stewart, Matthew Butler Post UK 111 vs UT Martin 76 ~ Bluegrass Showcase Comments

UT Martin Head Coach Anthony Stewart, Matthew Butler Post UK 111 vs UT Martin 76 ~ Bluegrass Showcase Comments

Opening Statement…

“Played a really good team tonight, great team. The No. 1 team in the country for a reason. We definitely saw that tonight first hand, up front and personal and my hat’s off to Coach Cal and his team and his staff. First class organization. Those kids played very hard. They played together and that’s what we strive to reach with our program.”

On what impressed him the most about Kentucky…
“I was just telling my guys in the locker room, I was really impressed with their attitudes and their unselfishness. Generally, when you have teams that talented with those kind of accolades, a lot of times they’ll have egos, attitudes or whatnot. I didn’t see any of that. They were making the extra pass. They were being very unselfish. They were playing for each other. Their bench was up clapping. Guys come out of the game, they were encouraging each other. That was awesome. I just got done telling my guys in the locker room, I was very impressed with that.”

On if they were playing their own fast-paced style tonight, or if they ever thought about slowing the game down…
“Never. Absolutely, we were just going to play. We’re going to do what we do is how we’re going to play not only today but for the rest of the year. It’s how we’ve started our season 5-1, and so it didn’t make much sense to me to change it just for one particular game. This was a learning experience for us. I thought in the first half we played extremely hard. Had the lead for a brief moment. We really competed. To answer your question, we’re just going to stick to our game plan and our style of play.”

On what specifically was the game plan for defense against Bam Adebayo…
“Well, we were going to try to double down on him any time we could, he got a touch. But he’s so strong. I’ve seen him play over the summers and what not, and he’s gotten a lot better. He’s really improved. He’s gotten a lot better. But our original strategy was to double down on him when he got the ball. I believe he passed out a couple of times. He’s improved. Good player.”

On if how well the UK freshmen play together makes up for the experience on UTM’s team…
“Well, they’re very, very talented. They’re long. Their length can be very problematic. It was problematic for us. They make it hard for you to initiate offense, especially when you’re trying to enter on the wings. A lot of times they make you play in the middle of thirds. So, a lot of times you’ll have to get elbow catches with your four and your five man. But we thought possibly we’d have a chance with our maturity and our older guys against some younger guys. It just didn’t work out that way tonight.”

On what he saw from Malik Monk…
“I don’t think it’s any secret how athletic Malik is and he’s really improved his outside shot. So, right now the way he’s playing, it’s pick your poison. If you play back, he’s hitting the open shot, he’s making 3s, his midrange is really good, he’s making free throws and obviously he can really get to the bucket. So, you have to pick something you want to take away right now when you’re guarding Monk.”

UT Martin Player Quotes

#1 Matthew Butler, Junior, Guard

On what it’s like playing against Kentucky’s speed…

“Obviously they excel in transition. It’s mostly just trying to get back and you know, keep the lines covered. They had guys running to the corners and they were rim running, so it was just you’ve got to get five guys back.”

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