Thursday, December 29, 2016

Transcript: UK Players Isaiah Briscoe, Bam Adebayo Post UK 99 vs @Ole Miss 76 Press Conference Interview

Isaiah Briscoe

On his triple-double …

“Honestly I was just out there playing as hard as I can. I had a lot of talks with KP (Kenny Payne) and things like that. He was just saying, ‘Clear start. New season.’ Everything like that. So I was just out there playing as hard as I can. I see that I got a triple-double, but I give credit to my teammates for putting me in the position that they were.”

On getting the ball to Adebayo and how big that was for Kentucky …
“Very big, and we’re going to need an inside presence. The way that Bam has been playing is great for us. They double team him down there and they give the guards open shots. Down low, we’re going to need Bam to play like that.”

On if he knew Derek Willis was going to miss the free throw at the end of the game so that he could get his 10th rebound to complete the triple-double …
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, because I needed one more rebound. He was like, ‘Yo, you need one more rebound?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ He said he got me. Shout out to Derek for real. I appreciate that.”

On if he was ever worried he wouldn’t get the triple-double …
“No, because ultimately I just wanted to win. That’s what I’m about is winning. But the triple-double is fine. Ultimately, I’m just worried about winning the game.”

On if Ole Miss was able to slow them down much …
“When you spread the court out against us with the three guards … us getting into the lane and throwing alley(-oops) to Bam. I think that’s where most of my assists came from – throwing alleys to him. Coach said if they ever spread the court out on us just go, I’m not calling no plays. We have a great group of guys who know how to play the game of basketball, and he trusts me out on the court telling those guys what to do and that’s just what we were doing.”

On Adebayo starting each half by getting looks …
“In practice, when we scrimmage, we have segments where the ball has to touch Bam’s hands first before anybody can shoot the ball. We have to play through Bam. If he continues to play like this, we have no choice but to get him the ball. He had a great game today, and like I said, that’s big for us going down the road. We need to keep his confidence up.”

On getting a win following the loss to Louisville …
“It’s a big win for us on the road. Going back to that Louisville game, I think we all grew. We grew as a team. That was a tough road game for us. Unfortunately, it didn’t play in our hands, but I think we all grew from that. We don’t like the feeling of a loss, so we were just coming out here and just trying to give it our all.”

On getting extended time at lead guard with De’Aaron Fox in foul trouble …
“Yeah. De’Aaron brings the ball up a lot and I call the plays from the wing, so it doesn’t make a difference who’s bringing the ball up. We have three guards and play three guards. The relationship me and Coach have, he allows me to call the plays from on the court. So regardless of who’s bringing the ball up, we still get into our offense.”

Bam Adebayo

On there being an emphasis to get him the ball more …

“I have a great group of guys that get me the ball and they believe in me to score.”

On what difference he can make with more touches …
“Every team needs a post presence, so that’s a big emphasis. Instead of focusing on all guards they need to focus on the post too.”

On if he could feel a game like this one coming …
“We were building together. In practice they were throwing me the ball. Just building up my confidence and trusting my teammates. When we got in this game, they found me and I found them. It all worked out for the best of us.”

On being a willing passer out of double teams …
“Just practicing it. Cal teaches ways that if you get trapped how to get out of it. When they trap me I know how to get out of it.”

On if any part of the college game is beginning to come easier for him …
“Getting the flow of the game. At the beginning of the year I got in foul trouble a lot, but now it’s smooth sailing. I’m not in foul trouble anymore. Just playing basketball.”

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