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We're going to start with an opening statement and take questions.
I'm really proud of the guys. Hard game to play. They really grind it out. The offensive rebound, I thought we rebounded with them, did good stuff.
It was great to have Malik back. Haven't seen him for a while. He's on that path, still not all the way back, but he's on the path that we need him on. And these guys up here, they're young, but they have a will to win and play with courage and are skilled basketball players and great kids who share. So proud of them.
We was just playing defense. He pump faked, and I knew he had to shoot it so I just went up and tried to block it.
It entered my mind when they messed around with the ball, but I hadn't said anything. When it got down to four, five, I'm thinking we gotta foul. Ten seconds is way too early, too many possessions left. I don't like it with that time, but these guys guarded it.
We knew what we were doing, switching everything and playing high. And if they were going to take something, make it a two.
Like he said, playing straight-up defense. We knew we couldn't foul. We knew they was going to shoot a 3. Just play solid. I just contested well.
Yeah. The way it happened, my man had said a back screen for Zay. And the ball came to my side. He pump-faked Dom, so I had to help my teammate. As soon as he went to jump, I blocked it.
Well, in the first half, Dom just played outstanding. I was thinking about starting him in the second half, but we got a good group that sticks together so I just went with what I was doing.
Mychal Mulder made a huge 3. I put him back in to play the four. I was going to play he and Derek as the fours. I played Derek almost the whole half. He played well. Then Derek made the 3 in the corner, made a couple of 3s, rebounded pretty good. Ended up with eight rebounds and nine points. Think of that. Three steals. Derek Willis.
I mean, it's nice that we've got veterans like Isaiah and those seniors playing. Isaac did all right. I didn't play him a whole lot, but he did fine.
They had been playing man most of the whole half. I think they got in the 1-3-1, some type of defense. I called it out. It came from the right wing. I called it, and I saw nobody behind my defender. Most of the time, I'm not looking at the guy guarding me. When I saw there was nobody there and I had a clear lane, I just took it.
He made big-time shots, like those are gutty shots. Like the game was over, and he makes a 3. He makes a 2. We got it to seven, ready to bust out and he made plays. He's good. He's a good player.
Told me to be patient. He was going to give me the ball and run the offense through me and Bam. Bam made good-time dunks. He got me open and I knocked down the shots.
: Any time I've done that, it screws up the game, so I don't. Every time, go at him, go at him. All of a sudden, you take yourself out of what you're doing. I'm not worried about the other team, I'm worried about my team. If these guys are out there knowing a guy's got four fouls and I'm going to drive him, that's fine.
But I've done this 30 years, and every single time I've done that, I've screwed up a game. So no.
They play at 9:50 or 9:40. Whoever we play, we'll focus on that. We'll have great days of practice, but we'll still focus on what Kentucky does.
There's been a couple games like that. The first one was, I think, Mississippi State. I think the SEC tournament, I was really good down the stretch. Also, the Georgia game, at Georgia, I was good down the stretch. So it's just been a few games. We don't have a go-to person down the stretch because we've got multiple guys that can get it done.
If it's my turn, I do it. Malik hit a big 3 off the dribble, and he knocked down clutch-free throws. Whoever hands the ball ends up in, that's who does it.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
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