Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Video/Transcript: UK Players Bam Adebayo, De'aaron Fox Post UK 70 vs @Louisville 73 ~ Battle of the Bluegrass Comments


Video courtesy of kywildcatstv

Bam Adebayo

On Calipari saying this team isn’t ready to win a game like this yet …

“We just didn’t come out with as much intensity and discipline as we usually do. We just had an off game.”

On how frustrating missed free throws down the stretch were …
“We just weren’t disciplined enough. It’s a team effort and during the winter break we’re going to come back stronger and just get better.”

On whether the quick turnaround after Las Vegas was difficult …
“We just believed in each other. We fought in practice. We just came up short.”

On whether there was anything about tonight that surprised him …
“No. We expected everything, the atmosphere, the way they were going to come out hitting. We just came up short.”

On whether he felt he could get what he wanted offensively …
“I just had a great game. We came up short as a team, but it’s a team effort. We just didn’t win.”

On what they can learn from this …
“Just more discipline. More poise. Just come out with more energy and we gotta have more fight.”

On what Calipari means when he says they need more discipline …
“We cut corners on some pick-and-rolls. We didn’t defend as hard as we could. It cost us the game.”

On whether he felt like he needed to carry the team …
“I was just having a good game and my teammates—we all do this together. If they’re making plays, I’m not going to get mad. If they give me the ball, I’m going to try to score.”

On whether there was any doubt about getting the ball to Malik Monk at the end …
“Malik’s always—we believe in Malik like Malik believes in us. So anytime a shot goes up for him, we think it’s going in.”

On Calipari taking the blame for a lack of discipline …
“Yeah. The lack of lack of discipline we had, it’s more our fault because we just came out short and we were lacking on discipline and it cost us the game.”

On playing in that atmosphere …
“It’s just like playing at Rupp, except for the atmosphere’s against us. It’s still a game, we’re still out there playing and we just came up short.”

On Wenyen Gabriel’s hustle …
“Wenyen’s a hustle player. He defended, he blocked shots, he had our back. We just came up short for him. We just gotta play harder next time and come out with a win.”

De'aaron Fox

On the key to the game …
“They made big plays, played behind the energy of the crowd. We were still in it, but we couldn’t make the big plays at the end to win.”

On Coach Cal saying the team lacked discipline …
“Yeah, we had some mental errors toward the beginning of the game, and then we missed a big rebound at the end of the game where they made a layup. We had some small things that turned out to be big problems at the end.”

On not going to Adebayo more …
“We were looking for him. Sometimes you don’t have an angle for a pass. We just kept encouraging him and tried to get him the ball. When we did he did what he needed to do.”

On the atmosphere of the KFC Yum! Center …
“It was ridiculous. That was our first true road game. It’s a rivalry, that’s a top-10 school. It was incredible.”

On if they had a “mediocre shooting night” they may have won …
“I mean, you don’t make shots every game. Sometimes you shoot rough from the free-throw line. We were still in the game. We still had moments where we still could have won the game, but we didn’t make the big plays at the end.”

On Malik Monk’s performance …
“I mean, he was in foul trouble. Came back in the second half trying to get his rhythm. Sometimes shooters don’t have those games, but you keep shooting. We kept telling him to shoot. We never told him not to shoot, or hesitate. Sometimes you just have those games. … We’ll bounce back.”

On what Coach Cal told them after the game …
“Just talked about the discipline problem. Other than that, it’s time to go enjoy Christmas with your family. We’ll be back on the 26th (of December) ready to work.”

On Louisville’s game plan …
“Honestly, when I watch Louisville – and I was recruited by them and all that – that’s the way they always play. Well, they didn’t pressure us too much, but the matchup zone, try to mix it up, try to confuse the offense. That’s what they did.”

On Calipari saying fatigue may have been a factor …
“It’s always going to be difficult. The time change – it was a three-hour time change. We felt like we came in with momentum, just beat North Carolina, another top-10 team. But we came in here – it was a close game, it was a great game. They just made the big plays at the end. I won’t say it was difficult because a lot of teams are doing it. You can’t just throw travel into play when all the teams in the country are traveling in basketball.”

On having faith in Monk to take the last shot …
“Yeah, yeah, I always got faith in Malik. I mean, he came up short, but we’re just going to walk away. We lost the game, like I said, we’re all about to go home, enjoy Christmas with our family, come back and be ready for SEC play.”

On if he felt the need to pick up the slack with Monk’s shot off …

“Just everybody did. Took some timely shots, drive to the basket. Just tried to make my free throws. We were always in the game, we were never out of the game. Even when we were down six with a minute left we never put our heads down. We always play hard and we got it to one. Sometimes you don’t make enough big plays and that’s what happened tonight.”

On Coach Cal saying it was good for them to have this game …
“It was good for us to have a game like this. First true road game. There’s not too many environments like this in the country, especially with this rivalry we have. We probably won’t go into another arena like this one, even in the tournament. It was good. I’m not going to say it was a good loss for us, but it was good to have this game as our first road game.”

On what UK needs to do in its half-court offense …
“Just execution. We still scored 76 points. Half the teams in the country don’t even score that much. We just have to start getting defensive stops and make the big plays when we need them.”

On if UL’s defense was what he expected …
“Yeah, they’re long, athletic, they blocked shots at the rim, over the rim. They played well today. They defended like we thought they would and they just came out with the win. They made big plays. They rebounded like we thought they would. They made a big rebound at the end of the game and got two points, put them up three, and we had to take a three.”

On seeing Adebayo gain confidence, play more assertively …

“Yeah, yeah. Coming into the game, we knew that he was going to overpower their bigs, so we were trying to get it to him. When we did, he did what he had to do. He dunked on people left and right. So just take that as a positive, take it into SEC play and just continue to do that while we’re still gelling as a team.”

On Monk shooting the last shot …
“That was the first option, and that’s the option that we liked. There were other options, but we’re going to live and die with Malik taking a shot. He makes tough shots and sometimes you just come up short. We came up short this time.”

On if he sensed anyone was rattled by the environment …
“Uh, I mean, I don’t know. If they were, they didn’t show it. We kept it close. You try to do that with a top-10 team on their court. They just made big plays.”

On if travel, quick turnaround affected them …
“I can’t speak for everybody, but for me, we flew back in right after the (North Carolina) game. We had some days, had practices. For me, it didn’t play into it at all.”

On what Calipari didn’t like with discipline …
“Just like small things, things we go over in walk-throughs, just paying attention to details, sometimes boxing out, rebounding. They all just came up big for us today.”

On if he’ll be itching to get back to practice after this …
“Um, I wouldn’t say that. I’m not going to not be in the gym – I’m going to work out of course when I go home – but right now I’m not really thinking about it. Just trying to spend time with my family. We don’t get to go home much, so just spend Christmas with my family and come back on the 26th ready to work.”

On if it’ll be good to reboot after this loss …
“Oh, yeah, yeah. I feel like everybody needs a break. This is our break. After this, the real season is gearing up. It’s time for SEC play. The tournament will be in no time.”

On what they must improve …
“As a team, just defensively. We should definitely be better defensively as a team. Me individually, still just shooting.”

On liking another road challenge right away …
“Yeah, because we haven’t played too many road games. This is our first road game. Other games have been either home or neutral. So it’ll be good for us to have another road game.”

On Louisville guard Quentin Snider …
“I knew Q just because I was recruited by (Louisville), so I got to know the guys on my visit. I know most of the team. He had a big game. He had a big game today. He hit shots, he controlled the team. He basically controlled the pace of the whole game and made big plays.”

On what he learned from that matchup against a vet …
“I just came off … I played Lonzo (Ball) this year, Joel (Berry) – Joel’s a veteran guy – and then Q, so everyone is different, everyone plays differently and people are effective in different ways. Today, Q, he played the ball screen well, came off all the ball screens well, and it was a tough cover for the bigs to even switch on him. He was shooting the ball well today and you have to stay on your toes.”

On Wenyen Gabriel being a bright spot …
“Yeah, yeah. In losses like this, you always try to look for the positive, and Wenyen, he didn’t make the shots that he usually makes today, but he brought the energy that we expect from him.”

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