Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Video: UK 90 vs Georgia 81 OT Game Highlights

Video/Transcript: UK Head Coach John Calipari Post UK 90 vs Georgia 81 OT Press Conference Interview

Q. At the end of regulation, before they called timeout, you had Isaiah out on the court and Malik was going to throw the ball in and you switched it at the timeout. Talk about that. And then in the overtime, did Malik come over to you and call the lob play to Bam?

 No, he called -- look, just, I'm trying to empower this team, even with De'Aaron Fox out. So, if they come over and say to me, "Coach, run this," I always run it. It's their team. If that's what you want to run, we'll run it. What happened on the play out of bounds, we had -- the way they were playing that zone, we were going to step Malik in after he threw it in, but I figured they saw it, called a timeout, and then we just put them on the court and had Isaiah who is a great passer, and we had a timeout. It's something we put in. We had never run that before. And even though he guarded it great, they just made a tough shot.

The kid (Monk) had 30 in the second half, I mean, come on. We barely could get out of the gym. I don't know how we won, to be honest. One, they played well. We went zone, and I've got to give credit to Tony Barbee, I'm not a zone coach. I don't like zone, and for two days we've been playing zone.

We had to do it because we needed to get back to being sharp against it, but we also were playing big lineups with Wenyen (Gabriel) or Derek (Willis) at the three. So we just played zone for two days. So when Tony coached it and I just cringed and saw every --

Look, when we play zone, every shot they shoot is a three and it goes in. And when they play us zone, we can't make any shots. I don't understand that, but that's how it is.

Q. What did you think it looked like? I know you said you cringed, but they started 8-of-9 and then went 3-for-13 to finish the half. Not all credit to the zone, but what did you think about it?

 Look, how much have we played zone since I've been here? That game, probably, in total, is how many times I've played zone. So when the screw-ups we had, well, we're not a zone team, but we're going to have to play some zone. I don't know if De'Aaron will be ready for Friday. He may not. Sacha (Killeya-Jones) also had to leave, so they're out. Mychal (Mulder)'s out. I'm thinking about getting out.

So, you know, what I liked was Isaiah Briscoe's leadership. You know, he made some plays that I said, why would you do that? But I thought Dom (Hawkins) getting that charge, that lay-up he made, he missed some shots, but he did those. That was big. I thought Wenyen did great stuff on the backboard rebounding and second shots, and Derek didn't make shots, but I thought he fought. He rebounded some balls. Then Bam (Adebayo) just got in foul trouble again.

I thought Tai Wynyard was good today. The one thing you get with Tai, he's going to mix it up. He's going to be physical. He's going to push on people. The problem is he pushed on the one where we made the three and hadn't even shot the ball and he's pushing the guy out of bounds. But we need that on this team. We need a little more toughness.

Then I talked toughness in the last couple huddles. That means make your free throws. You can't miss 0 for 2. You can't do a foot kicker. That's not tough. And the kid listened, and all of a sudden the last part, he's making free throws, he's taking tough shots. I mean, toughness isn't just pushing people. It's making tough plays (with) four minutes to go, three minutes to go.

Their inside people hurt us. I thought (Yante) Maten was what, 25 points. (Derek) Ogbeide, he's a double-double. That hurt us. He had a double-double, and partly because we went smaller. We were trying to go Bam on him. And (J.J.) Frazier played good, again. I mean, five assists, 23 points. You know, 3-for-4 from the three-point line, made big baskets.

I mean, Georgia, this is, as much it's it is like, wow, you know, you understand. You watched the game. We were down 14, and we were lucky to be in a tie ballgame playing a zone that we never play. Come on. So I give my hat's off to Mark (Fox). They came in and did a heck of a job, and our kid goes crazy in the second half. Goes for 30.

Q. Why did you start big to start the game? How much do you think going smaller helped?

 Well, what did you think? How did that start go? It wasn't really good, was it? So obviously that won't be how we start. We'll just have to figure it out. I mean, we're going to Florida this weekend. You cannot play them zone because they've got too many three-point shooters. They've got like three on the floor. So you can throw a zone a little bit, but if you're thinking you're going to go in there and play zone and win on the road, you won't believe this. It's (ESPN College) GameDay too down there. Would you expect anything different? I mean, so, we've got a tough road ahead of us.

Q. Just curious, you lost two in a row. You go down 12-0, you're missing some key personnel. I wonder how coming back tonight might go toward empowering the team? If we might look back a month from now and say, maybe tonight was the night?

 Well, the thing I told them after, the teams that I really enjoyed coaching will shoot 35 percent and still win a game because they'll grind it, because they're tough mentally. They're tough. They'll come up with balls physically. They're not going to turn it over late. They're going to make all the plays they have to make late to win.

This team, for the first time this year, did it. We did it. And again, the execution, there were a couple breakdowns. Dom a couple times, Wenyen and I said, ‘Hey, man, we're going to this way to finish it out.’ But the reality of it is, guys played pretty good.

Q. How did you think Briscoe played, and kind of feeding off the other question, on 50-50 balls and fighting for those kinds of balls?

 Better, better today. I will tell you, he had six turnovers. What I'm saying, and what was bothering me, you guys know if you watch us, one more is a big term for us. If you're open, you're screaming it, one more. We put him in the middle of the zone so you can scream one more and he can find you. We had no one speaking, so now he's going like I must be open to the rim because no one's open.

But putting him in the middle, putting him in some pick-and-rolls, I was happy that making free throws, he missed a couple. But, you know, he was getting fouled going to the rim, and we just said, let's put him in ball screens. Let's get him to the rim. Let's spread this court out. People didn't want to leave Malik.

What we did for Malik is we just put him on the baseline and said we're going to find you. You make shots, make plays, so that's how we did the second half and stuck with it until they went man-to-man, and then we did some other stuff. But it was pretty good.

Q. Just to clarify, I think you said Sacha had to leave.

 He's also sick. He's also sick. So he got sick prior to the game. The other kid (De’Aaron) got sick yesterday. You know, this flu that's going around, we're trying to sanitize and do some stuff to make sure it doesn't go through the whole team.

Q. In this last stretch of games, how much have you missed somebody like Mychal Mulder, and can you give us some information on what he might be back?

 He's out there. He went on the treadmill today, which I watched him. But I'd have to talk to the trainers and stuff, so I don't really know. But my guess would be inside of ten days, maybe a week. And obviously, he's one more weapon for us. You know, we ended up playing six guys, and then I threw Tai and Isaac (Humphries) in there a little bit. And then Bam gets in foul trouble and then I was playing six guys. Think about that. That's why Isaiah played 45 minutes and Malik played 44.

But what I told them today, when I was at UMass I had two guards that I played 39 minutes a game. They played 39 minutes, and we pressured. They knew not to foul. Don't foul. I can't leave you in the game if you go body to body or stop playing or go reach in. They just were disciplined enough, Edgar Padilla, Carmelo Travieso, look it up. Jerry will look it up. 39 minutes a game they played. And I'm saying to these guys, as long as you don't foul, I can leave you in games.

Q. Did you trap the post more than you normally do? Was that a foul thing? Because it seemed to be productive.

 We tried, but we trapped out on the court a couple times, that gave the basket open. We let them out of a trap on the baseline, Bam did, and he went baseline and walked and then got fouled and made one. But he got outside of us.

I thought they did a good job late of making it hard for him because Maten's one of the best guys in our league. He's physical, his jump hook and now he's added a three-point shot to his game, so you've got to play him out on the court now.

But their other big kid, Derek he was good too now. He jump hooked us, and played and cut where he should have. And he's the one that got 13 rebounds. He was pretty good.

Q. You talked a little bit about Isaiah's leadership, and it looked like he was more vocal tonight, but it also to me looked like maybe more guys were listening to him also after that start. Just your thoughts on that?

 Well, I told him a couple times, if you don't tell these guys, I will, and I don't want to do it. I want to coach less and have you do more. I want to do less, you guys do more. And I can't do it because you can't just let guys do their thing. You've got to tell them. The guy's not doing what we're asking. You tell him. Make him listen.

We went in the zone and he was on guys because we told him exactly where to slide and the guy stayed low and gave up the three, and he went over and ran right up to him and said, hey, man, now that's good for me because it's less that I have to do.

I want to be a cheerleader. I'm like having to coach every possession. It's really hard. I'd rather sit there like last year and watch Tyler (Ulis) move people around. I mean, I'm trying to tell them, each game it's got to be more about them and less about me, and I've got to try to be as positive as I can. There are sometimes you just can't. I don't care what you say, just there's no way, but I'm trying.

It's now February, I've got to be more positive. Is it? It's February.

Video/Transcript: UK Players Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe Post UK 90 vs Georgia 81 OT Press Conference Interview

#3, Bam Adebayo, Freshman, F

On how he thinks Kentucky won … 

“Just coming together. Just being close and staying with each other. Just fighting.”

On how he was able to bounce back after a rough first half …
“Just confidence and believing in myself. My teammates believed in me, and I knocked down some big free throws.” 

On the frustration due to being on the bench for so long …
“I want to be out there fighting with my brothers. The game goes the way it goes.”

On how being able to make a large comeback will affect the team’s future …
“It just proves we’ve got to fight and that we’re not backing out from anybody.”

On how he felt Tai Wynyard played …
“I think Tai did well. I love him to death. He played good. He played great and he gave us good minutes.” 

#5, Malik Monk, Freshman, G

On the defense during the inbound pass at the end of regulation…

“ It was great defense. The best we could play. We ran through that play a lot at practice and worked on it everyday so I was able to lock down the shot.”

On what got him going in the second half…
“ Isaiah was way too aggressive than he was in the first half and I was able to feed off of his energy and everything that he was doing and knock down the shots he was giving me.”

On playing without Fox…
“ We knew he wasn’t going to play, but the game plan was still the same. We planned to play the way we played with or without him and fortunately we were able to execute.”

On difficulty of zone game…
“ I was pretty hard, but we worked on it for the past two days and we just adjusted to it.”

On Georgia leading 19-5…
“Our energy was just low. We just had to bring it out and I think that happened when there were eight minutes left and we started making runs and basically started executing.”

#13, Isaiah Briscoe, Sophomore, G

On coaching the team from the floor more tonight…

“Absolutely. Before the game, on his notes, he added new ones saying ‘more of y’all and less of me’. Meaning he wanted the players to coach each other and let him take a step back. Today, before the game, Kenny (Payne) said, ‘Every time somebody shoots a free throw, go over and control the team’, and I did just that. It helped me with the flow of the game, and I felt more comfortable out on the court talking back and fourth with coach. I had to do what I had to do.”

On being down 12 to start the game …
“When things get tight, everybody looks at me as the leader. I kept a positive attitude, and let everyone else around me know that we’re still in this game, it’s early. Basketball is a game of runs and everyone is going to go on a run. We weren’t expecting the 12-0 start, but we kept fighting and ended up winning in overtime.”

On what you’re thinking when Monk is in his zone …
“I feel like I’m shooting the three’s too. I swear, when it gets down to the guts of the game and he has that look in his eye, he says, ‘Yo Zay,, come on bro, get me the ball, get me open’, as the point guard, as the leader. I want him to score because I know he’s good for it towards the end of the game. I just kept finding him and he caught fire.”

Video/Transcript: Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox Post UK 90 vs Georgia 81 OT Game Comments

Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox

Opening Statement…

“I thought it was a really good, hard fought college basketball game. I have to give Kentucky’s team credit for competing their tails off and making big plays. Monk, you have to give him credit. He made some guarded shots and he obviously was the big difference in the game. Give him credit because that was an outstanding performance by him.”

On trying to stop Monk….

“We held him to one basket, I think, in the first half and we gave him some free throws, which I thought, in the first half, we gave him some free throws in transition that might get him started. He just got rolling. So we tried some different things. You have to give a great player credit. I’m not faulting our team. Our team competed hard. Their kids made more plays tonight then we did and they made enough to win.”

On the crowd at Rupp…
“I don’t think they scored. We had a great crowd and it lifts up their team but I don’t think they scored. We have great respect for their fan base. What impacted the game the most was Malik Monk shooting the ball in. We didn’t rebound great in the first half. Kentucky did a lot of things to win the game, as we did too. They do have a great crowd but I think the biggest factor is the players.”

On Monk’s game-tying shot and Georgia’s defense…“He (Monk) shot it over a big, athletic guy and I thought we defended it pretty well. He made a contested shot. Again, let’s give him credit.”

On when Monk gets going…
“We have respect for him. He’s a great player. You saw how he played against Carolina. We knew, obviously, he might be super aggressive with the other kid out, and we talked about that with our team before the game. I thought in the first half we did a good job of containing him. The second half we just couldn’t find an answer.”

On the zone Kentucky played…
“Well I did think that, for a minute, it kept the ball away from Yante Maten, but we anticipated some zone. They zoned us a little bit in the tournament last year. We were prepared to see a little bit of zone but we got off to such a great start and we made our first five or six shots. You know that’s not going to last forever. That zone changed the tempo enough to get them back in the game.”

On how his team fought back…
I was real proud of our team and how they competed today. Some nights you can play your tail off and when the other kid makes the plays that they made you gotta say, ‘give their kid credit’ throw him good ballgame and move on. I was proud of how our team competed. They gave us a chance to win, and he just made the last shot to get it to OT.”

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Video/Transcript: UK Head Coach John Calipari Pre-Georgia Press Conference Interview

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Head Coach John Calipari

On what toughness means to him …

“Probably 50-50 balls, but it’s also a mental thing. When it’s late, four or five minutes to go in a game, you know, you’re tough enough that I’m not turning it over because I’m tough enough to know I’m making easy plays. Turnovers lead to easy baskets down the other end. We gave 21 points up last game from turnovers. You can’t win a game that way. The other thing becomes, it’s a 50-50 ball and I’m fighting for my life, I figure out a way to go and get those balls. Now, you may not get all of them, but you can’t give them all of them. The toughness late in the game, mentally and physically, that’s what I’m talking about.” 

On what the culprit of the turnovers is …
“Casual play. I showed them all 17. We went through all 17. Was it necessary? Aggressive turnovers don’t lead to baskets down the other end. The causal turnovers, were you just dribbling across and just lose it? What happened? Did he grab you? ‘No, it just kind of got away from me.’ Excuse me? That’s the casual. The look away pass to a win when you didn’t have to. What’s the hardest play I can make? When the guy is open right there throw it. We saw it. This is all stuff that, when you’re coaching young kids, you have to go through and reinforce. We went back to some of our older defensive drills just to get them in a different mindset, but Georgia’s good. I just watched their game with Texas. They had Texas A&M beat. The Alabama game was a little bit of an anomaly for them, but they’re a good team. We don’t play, you get beat again. I think we’ll be ready to play. How the game plays out, I don’t know. We’ll see.” 

On Georgia’s Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier being a challenge … 
“Yeah, they are. One scoring 20 a game, the other scoring 17. Maten has hurt us over the years simply by being physical. So it is a tough matchup for us. ”

On Kentucky’s toughness physically and mentally … “Well, part of it is, toughness is mental, too. Your approach to how you are doing this. So, you’re thinking toughness, you push people around and shove people. That is part of it. That is that you are in a scrum. Did you dive on the floor? Why wouldn’t you dive? ‘My elbow hurts and I didn’t feel like.’ That’s – so you do drills to get them to do it. Dive on the floor, take charges, one-on-one rebounding. Fight! They learn to fight. So you can teach that. But the bigger part of that is, when games are winding down, having a refuse-to-lose attitude. Which doesn’t mean you win every day, every game. But the approach is, I am focused, I am making easy plays, I’m attacking. All the things that you have to do defensively. The toughness you have to have to hold your ground, to stay in a stance late in a game with everything swirling. That is a toughness you have to have. You know, and again, I said before the game, my one worry was, they had been in all close games except West Virginia. Every game was close. And their guards pulled every one of those games out. Their guards did. And our guards hadn’t been in enough close games. And when we were, we were turning it over late. And so that’s the issue that we’re dealing with. All this stuff is fixable. I’ve got a terrific team. I mean, I’ve still got the same guys that if we had won two games we would have had votes for No. 1. And I would have said, ‘We’re not No. 1 because we still have these issues.’ We practiced yesterday and we’re going to get after it a little bit today and see what goes on Tuesday.”

On where this team is defensively …
“Well, because on the ball it started with De’Aaron Fox. And so, when your defense starts there and then you have an Isaiah Briscoe and then you have a Malik Monk – but that defense starts on that ball. You have to be able to go up and play people. You have Dom (Hawkins). So yesterday we had individual meetings and then we had a team meeting. In one of my individual meetings I asked all of the guys, ‘Can you be a stopper?’ A couple said, ‘Someday I hope to be.’ But there were five or six that said, ‘I can be,’ or ‘I’m a stopper.’ Well, then why are people scoring on us like they are if you’re a stopper? So, you know, it’s – I love getting with them and just finding out, like, you know, ‘Do you have an idea of how I want you to play?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Well, tell me. How do I want you to play?’ Because the easy thing is, ‘Yeah. No. Ah.’ ‘Okay, so tell me.’ So, this is a group – it’s like I said – I am, I’m not panicked. I wanted to win the game. You guys know me well enough, I’m fighting throughout the game. And when I watched it, I walked away after watching the tape like, ‘OK, this stuff’s all fixable.’ If it wasn’t fixable I would have a different approach. But, the other side I would tell you is, we’ve got good kids. I mean, I’ve got a great group of kids. They want me to tell them. The only thing I said – we watched a little tape before I walked out here – when you watch the tape, I did less coaching last year than I’m having to do now. And that’s a big thing. You know every year I say the same thing. Until this team is empowered and it’s their team -- until they’re doing this off of one another, understanding what each of them have to do and talking and – until their empowered, they can’t be the team they can be. They’re still good, good team and good players. But you’ve gotta be empowered. Gotta be their team, not mine. They can’t expect me – someone would say, ‘You know, you don’t like calling timeouts.’ I’ve said this over the years: Why wouldn’t you have called a timeout? Because I need them to work through it. I’m not going to call timeout every time there’s trouble. Work through it. I’m not out there; you’re out there. So this is all kind of what we buy into every year.”

On if UK’s defense is suffering because it doesn’t have a rim protector …
“Well, we’re playing a smaller team, and we really should be a better shot-blocking team than we are, but what’s happened is we’re not blocking the shots we should block. Now, as you say that, I think we’re second or third in the league in blocked shots? Top 10 nationally, so not the greatest shot-blocking team, but we’re pretty good. The issue becomes straight-line drives. The issue becomes whoever is guarding the ball. You’ve got to get up in this guy. You’ve got to disrupt them. See if you can’t disrupt a team by just playing defense then you’ve got to trick. Then you’ve got to play trapping. You’ve got to play different kinds of zones. If you can disrupt them man-to-man, you don’t have to do all that. We’re just trying to figure out – again, as coaches, you sit there and look and say, ‘OK, how do we help these kids?’ That was one of my questions in the individual meetings” ‘What else can I do to help you play the way you’re capable of playing? Is it a way of coaching you? Is there something else I can do in the game to get you – what kind of shot? My job – this is not about me. This is about you being your best version. So how do we do this?’ I’m not here to beat them down. I get on them at practice. We’re going to go hard. We went hard yesterday. We didn’t go long, but we’re really working on the things they need.”

On players’ reactions in meetings …
“I told some of them. Some of them say something like, ‘You know, Coach, I want you to coach me and I want you to challenge me.’ I said, ‘Listen, if you sleep on it and you come up with something then come and see me. We’ll talk about it because I’m just trying to get you to play as what you’re capable.’ A couple of guys said, ‘You know I’m not even near where I should be. I don’t know what’s going on.’ I asked, ‘Are you hitting that wall? Is that part of it?’ ‘No, absolutely not.’ OK, let’s figure this out then.”

On working on physicality …
“In practice you’re doing drills, and doing things that it’s confidence. Look, it’s a skill to be like a hard, scrappy player. That’s a skill just like ball-handling and shooting is a skill. Fighting for rebounds – it’s a skill. Well, if passing, and dribbling and shooting can be taught and mastered then so can that other stuff. They’re all a skill, so you get in here and you make them fight each other. You put the guards and the bigs and you put Tai (Wynyard), and Bam (Adebayo) against guys that don’t want to fight and let them just maul them. Then you’re like, OK, if you want to accept that let go of the rope. Then you can’t be playing. So figure out how do I do this that I can withstand all this stuff. Alright, let me go practice.”

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AP/USA Today/ESPN Top 25 BB Polls 1/30/17


1. Gonzaga
2. Baylor
3. Kansas
4. Villanova
5. Arizona
6. Louisville
7. West Virginia
8. Kentucky
9. Virginia
10. Wisconsin
11. UCLA
12. North Carolina
13. Oregon
14. Cincinnati
15. Florida State
16. Butler
17. Maryland
18. St. Mary's
19. South Carolina
20. Notre Dame
21. Duke
22. Creighton
23. Purdue
24. Florida
25. Northwestern

Others Receiving Votes: SMU (18-4) 69; Xavier (15-6) 67; Southern California (18-4) 29; Wichita State (19-4) 8; Middle Tennessee (19-3) 5; Akron (18-3) 5; VCU (16-5) 3; Illinois State (18-4) 2; New Mexico State (20-2) 2; Virginia Tech (16-5) 2; Utah (15-6) 1; Iowa State (13-7) 1


1. Gonzaga
2. Kansas
3. Baylor
4. Villanova
5. Arizona
6. Kentucky
7. Louisville
9. Wisconsin
10. North Carolina
11. Virginia
12. West Virginia
13. Oregon
14. Cincinnati
15. Butler
16. Florida State
17. Maryland
18. Notre Dame
19. St. Mary's
20. South Carolina
21. Duke
22. Creighton
23. Florida
24. Purdue
25. Xavier

Others Receiving Votes: Northwestern (18-4) 73; SMU (18-4) 33; Southern California (18-4) 24; Miami (Fla.) (14-6) 19; Middle Tennessee (19-3) 9; UNC-Wilmington (20-3) 8; New Mexico State (20-2) 7; Wichita State (19-4) 3; Indiana (14-8) 3; Nevada (18-4) 3; Kansas State (15-6) 1; Akron (18-3) 1