Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Video/Transcript: UK Players Mychal Mulder, Isaiah Briscoe Pre-@Ole Miss Press Conference Interview


Video courtesy of kywildcatstv

#11, Mychal Mulder, Senior, G

On how Camp Cal has been getting the team ready for Ole Miss …
“It’s been great. We ramped up the intensity in practice, working really hard getting ready for SEC play. I know we’re all excited. A lot of opportunities to get better these past couple weeks and I feel like we’ve been grabbing as many opportunities to really work as we can. Getting in the gym. It’s been really good.”

On coming off their first road game and now traveling to Ole Miss …
“We’re excited about that. You know their fans will be packed in that gym. It’ll be a great opportunity for us to see our first real road test in SEC play. We’re all really excited about that. We’ve been working hard and focusing, really locking in. We’ll see how that goes.”

On what practices have been like since the loss to Louisville …
“Really intense. The Louisville game is behind us now, but it was a great opportunity for us to learn. We saw what we did wrong. We had a lot of days to really work on what steps we could have taken to prevent something like that from happening again. I feel like we learned a lot from that and we’re just ready to keep moving forward.”

On what they learned from the Louisville game …
“It was a really hard-fought game. Everybody who watched it loved that game. We end up losing by three, but then we go watch the tape and there’s so many moments that could have been avoided – double-digit moments – defensive lapses, opportunities to rebound the ball that we missed, things like that. Just understanding that the entire game there’s opportunities to really show dominance at times, and when you get lackadaisical like that bad things happen. Just learning how to focus. We have a good group of guys who want to win and understand what it takes to win. That’s just something we’ve been working on.”

On how much they’ve heard Coach Cal talk about “discipline” …
“We heard it a ton. It depends on what you’re talking about, but it can happen in all areas. Lack of discipline on defense, you get caught standing up, being lazy, a rebound goes your way and you’re not ready, ball comes out to you and you’re not ready to shoot. Things like that. That’s something we’ve been getting better at. Just working together as a group, collectively, and trying to get better as a whole.”

On what he remembers from his first SEC road trip last season …
“Just the intensity of these games. The gym is packed. The fans are going crazy. They all want to beat you so bad. You’re at Kentucky, it’s their big game. That kind of stands out to me the most when I think about SEC play.”

On what they learned about half-court basketball from Louisville …
“With our team, we’re really good at getting up and down the court, flying, getting transition baskets. When a team wants to play like that in the half court you need to understand what a good shot is, what we’re going to run, how we’re going to play. Just in case you don’t get that transition bucket it’s like, what do we go to now? I feel like we’ve worked on that and we’re prepared for that. It’s going to be a good opportunity (Thursday) to see what steps we’ve taken to go that way.”

On how much the Louisville road game will help the freshmen now going to Ole Miss …
“Going to Louisville, you understand they hate you over there. So now coming on the road you get an idea of what kind of intensity those gyms are going to have for you. You walk into those gyms and all their fans want to beat you so bad. It’s a huge, intense game. It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to see what steps we’ve taken to get better over the past week.”

On if he’s played more of the four-position lately …
“I play whatever is asked of me. In practice, you get switched onto somebody, I might guard Bam (Adebayo) on accident. I just kind of do whatever is asked of me at this point.”

On how he feels about his own game …
“I’m confident. I’ve been playing better. I feel like I have a lot more trust from Coach and I know the guys want everybody to have their opportunity, and I feel like we all look out for each other. That brings confidence in itself.”

On Ole Miss being a strong rebounding team …
“I feel like rebounding wins games. If you get beat in the rebounding battle it’s really hard to stay in a game like that, especially against a good team. That’s something we’ve been focusing on. We always want to try to outrebound our opponent and crash the boards as hard as we can. That’s something we’ll continue to do.”

On scrimmaging more in practice …
“It’s been good. It’s been really competitive, really tiring because our team likes to fly up and down. Like they said, we’ve been working on stuff in the half court. If we don’t get that transition basket, what do we do from there? What kind of offense are we going to run? How are we going to play? Defensive schemes. It’s been really good. I think we’ve all learned a lot from it.”
#13, Isaiah Briscoe, Sophomore, G

On how his season has gone …
“I’m pleased with it. It can always be better, always got room for improvement but I’m just in the gym every day working to get better.”

On whether he’s gotten much better since last season …“Yeah, I feel like I’ve gotten much better.”

On what he needs to improve …
“Still my shooting. That’s really it.”

On the reason for his improved free-throw shooting …
“Just staying after practice, shooting free throws every day, getting in the gym late nights. Things like that.”

On his 3-point shooting not improving as dramatically …
“It’ll get there. I’m sure it’ll get there.”

On 3-point shooting and free-throw shooting being very different …
“They’re totally two different things. Free throws are free and you go at your own pace. I still gotta work on my 3-point shot and I still am. With confidence, I think that it’ll get better.”

On whether playing at Louisville will help the team heading into Ole Miss …
“Yeah, absolutely. That was a good game, actually. It was a good test for us. Unfortunately, we didn’t come out with the win, but I think we all grew from that loss.”

On whether it was good that they stayed in the game against UofL in spite of not playing their best …
“Well, yeah. I think that’ll be a lot of times. That’s just us competing. If things aren’t going our way, we gotta find a way. It’s like that in practice a lot of times when we’re not hitting shots and things like that and Coach just keeps the scrimmage going. He doesn’t stop it and says, ‘Find a way. Find a way.’ At the end of the day, if our shots aren’t going in and we’re not used to things that are going on in the game, we just gotta find a way.”

On how practice has been going with more scrimmages …
“Fun. We all like to scrimmage and we all just like to play. I think we’re getting better. We don’t have school or anything like that. We’ve been scrimmaging two times a day, so I just feel as though everybody’s starting to compete and we’re all starting to get ready for conference play.”

On whether the younger guys are starting to turn a corner …
“I think they’ve (already) turned the corner. Since the beginning, I don’t think they’ve been playing like regular freshmen. They’re players that I can count on in a game and so I feel as though they’ve (already) turned the corner, honestly.”

On what Calipari means when he talks about trust …
“Just when we’re in the game, we get a lot of breakdowns and our breakdowns come from us not talking and Coach started preaching, ‘Well, maybe if you’re not talking it’s because people don’t trust you, so you feel as though you’re going to take matters into your own hands.’ And that’s when we have our defensive lapses. So pretty much what he’s trying to say is, talk, communicate, understand one another, get to know one another. We’ve been going out to dinner and things like that to cut down those defensive lapses. There’s still mistakes. We watch it every time. Just to cut back on those would be great.”

On how much Calipari has stressed discipline since the UofL game …“A lot. And a lot of that comes from us talking and communicating with each other on the court. And we’ve been trying to be better at that ever since we got back. So just with more practice and us talking to each other and making one another feel comfortable on the court.”

On how beneficial this last week of Camp Cal has been …
“A lot. I think from that loss everybody grew. We had chances to win that game, but we just couldn’t. We couldn’t find a way, but we were competing and it was a good game. Give credit to Louisville, but I feel as though we got a lot better after that loss.”

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