Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Video/Transcript: Vanderbilt Coach Bryce Drew. Players Riley LaChance, Luke Kornet Post-UK 87 vs @Vanderbilt 81 Comments

Vanderbilt Players Riley LaChance and Luke Kornet Video's courtesy of vucommodores

Vanderbilt Head Coach Bryce Drew

Opening Comments:

“Offensively, I thought we got the shots we wanted to get. Our goal was to keep the game close down the stretch and give our team a chance to win. We definitely had those opportunities. Our hope now is to work on our play down the stretch.”

On Vanderbilt Center Luke Kornet playing in foul trouble:
“He’s been in that situation with us before, maybe with three fouls instead of four. He knows he’ll play. He does so many things for us that we need him in there. He played a ton of minutes with four fouls and stayed in there.”

On Vanderbilt’s interior defense:

“[Kentucky does] an excellent job during the game at finding gaps. They bigs did a good job of creating gaps and their guards did a good job of driving to the rim.”

On Vanderbilt’s 43% shooting percentage:
“We knew they were a good defensive team. I don’t think they get a lot of credit for being so good defensively. Sometimes their best defense is their offense. Their length had a lot to do with it as well.”

On overcoming the early 9-0 deficit:
“Once we got some points on the board by making free throws, we saw the ball go in the basket, and that gave us some confidence… We knew runs would come in this game. The key is how you respond when they do.”

On Vanderbilt forward Jeff Roberson guarding Kentucky’s Edrice Adebayo:
“Jeff is a tough player. He took it upon himself to play defense and keep Adebayo out of the lane.”

On Vanderbilt’s comfort level:
“They’re getting comfortable with our offense. Big credit to Riley [LaChance] to be able to take some tough shots and get to the free throw line.”

On taking quick shots:
“We want to take the best possible shot… With the energy in the building tonight, you want to rush things a bit.”

On the crowd of 12,707:
“It was a great crowd. In the future, I wish it would be more black and gold, but we’re getting there. Our crowd was great, though.”

On Vanderbilt’s seven turnovers:
“To only have seven turnovers against this team – that’s probably our best performance of the season. I thought Riley did a good job of taking care of the ball.”

Vanderbilt Guard Riley LaChance

On Coach Cal's compliment of only having 7 turnovers:

“I thought we did a good job of standing up for ourselves even though they were pressuring us. I looked down and noticed I had four of those so everyone else did a really good job and I need to get better in that aspect. The guys did a good job of making extra passes, moving the ball, and we didn't let them get us out of our comfort zone.”

On being down 9-0 in the beginning and having to come back from that:
“It's a game of runs. We either are going to make runs or not. They are a really good team and we had to put some stops on them.”

On driving the ball down the center more than in previous games:
“Their defense was trying to run me off the three-point line a little bit and I thought I had an advantage with them being so big and our screens forcing them to switch around a lot so I tried to use my quickness to get down to the hole.”

On the looks they got in the game and their three-point percentage:
“Yeah, we definitely got some good lucks, especially down the stretch. We are proud of the way we played and that we shot the ball well but down the stretch we got to make more of those shots to win.

Vanderbilt Forward Luke Kornet

On what one can take away from playing such a highly ranked team:

“I think just being prepared in the way we were for today and having that consistency of effort, and especially with them running around like that, being able to stick to the game plan and be confident with the ball throughout the game. You can't ever get that discouraged feeling, you got to keep playing through everything. I thought we did a good job of following the game plan and doing what we wanted to do. Even with that early run, everyone did a good job of being committed to what we were trying to achieve.”

On the importance of experience vs a team of freshman:
“I think it is important more for some people than others. I remember being a freshman and playing Florida when they were number 1. If the game hasn't really slowed down for you yet then it can definitely be an issue. But I think for all of us and all of the guys, we've played those kind of games before and we just got to keep our focus and not be overwhelmed by the moment.”

On whether this is a good feeling of holding your own against a highly ranked team or if the loss still hurts:
“We are still angry that we lost.”

On the last 3:12 in the game and the fact that they didn't get a stop and improvements to be made:
“Our zone. We kind of had some issues of sealing them inside and they were bale to get shots off of the baseline. They also got some nice drives against the zone. We also let up some offensive rebounds which we hand't really been doing the whole game but they came up there for a couple at the end. So I think we gave up some offensive rebounds late, which would of been good for us. Also, they were just driving in and making shots and we were trying to play without fouling.”

On playing for a decent amount of time with four fouls:
“There are certain times when its more of an issue. There were a couple of times when you're fighting for positioning and you got to be more careful, you can't just push them out or anything like that. In general though, it is the same thing I usually do. You got to get in between the man and the goal and just jump straight up in the air and get big. There was a couple of times where knowing I had fouls definitely impacted what I did. But in general, just being in between them and the goal and jumping straight up to contest it.”

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