Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Video/Transcript: Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy Post - UK 100 vs Texas A&M 58 Comments



Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

Opening statement … 
“Obviously, their defensive pressure gave our young guards a lot of problems. I thought (Isaiah) Briscoe again created a lot of pressure for us on offense and then when we did get the ball to Tyler (Davis) they doubled him and the turnovers mounted to where we couldn’t combat them. Malik Monk making shots and then Briscoe – I love him (Briscoe). He’s one of those kids you want to have on your team because he plays on both ends of the floor.”

On how key it was to keep UK out of transition … 
“The turnovers – we didn’t even run our -. I would like to give (Kentucky) as much credit as possible, but we weren’t very good. I have to do a better job of preparing our guys to handle any type of pressure. I mean sometimes we just gave them the ball. I don’t want to take away any credit from De’Aaron (Fox) and (Isaiah) Briscoe because they play so hard defensively and are so good on the ball, Malik Monk shoots gaps and you have three guards who are all NBA-level guards and they had a huge advantage tonight.”

On Kentucky compared to other good teams Texas A&M has faced this season … 
“We didn’t play anybody with guards like that. I’m not knocking the guys we have, but UCLA lets you run offense and the way they play defense is different than Kentucky. I think our lack of experience at the guard and lack of depth on the perimeter when you go up against pressure teams at this level – we’re going to struggle. Again, I don’t want to take away anything from Kentucky because I thought those kids played really hard. When Malik gets going – I’ve seen it happen since he was a freshman – then it’s hard to stop him.”

On if Kentucky’s speed surprised him … 
“No. Nothing really surprised me. I would like to tell you – I thought we would play much better. There was no surprise. Kentucky – they are who they are. You get what you get. Coach Cal knows what he has and they’re coming at you full speed. With a guy like De’Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe, a guy who can score like Malik (Monk) from all three levels – and then you throw in a guy like (Bam) Adebayo – who can match Tyler’s (Davis) physicality - you don’t see that very often. Normally, Tyler has a huge advantage. He didn’t see and angles, and he didn’t have an advantage. Picking up two fouls early in the first half didn’t help.”

On how much harder Isaiah Briscoe is to defend when he is making shots … 
“When he is making shots, that’s what we gameplanned to live with. When he’s doing that, they can win it all. I know Coach Cal doesn’t want to hear that, but when he’s a weapon offensively like he was today, I don’t know how you defend it.”

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