Friday, March 31, 2017

Derek Willis Named MVP of West Team in Reese’s College All-Star Game

John Clay Podcast: Ben Roberts on UK basketball recruiting

Podcast: Kentucky Wildcats -- SEC Country Episode 009: Looking back on the season and projecting where Kentucky goes from here

A Look Back at the career of Departing UK Player Senior Mychal Mulder

UK Football Countdown: Two Weeks To 2017 Blue vs White Spring Game

Cal Cast: Here's what I'm thinking...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Video: UK Football Defensive Coordinator Matt House - Mic'd Up

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Video: UK Football Player Derrick Baity on Darius West's Return, Secondary Competition

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UK Players Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox named All-Americans By CBS Sports

Podcast: Episode 19 - Conversations With Oscar Combs - Brooks Downing - Pt. 1

Video: UK Football Defensive Line Coach Derrick LeBlanc on D-Line Growth

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Video: UK Football Defensive coordinator Matt House Pleased with Defensive Progress

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Podcast: The Sidelines with Evan Daniels ~ Ep. 25 - Final Four w/ Steve Lavin | 5-star recruits Mo Bamba & Kevin Knox

Evan is joined this week by FS1 analyst, former head coach Steve Lavin to preview the Final Four matchups. The two give their expert insight and opinion and make predictions for the games. Evan also sits down with two Top-10 McDonald's All-American recruits that remain unsigned: Mo Bamba & Kevin Knox. The two shed insight into what their recruiting process has been like with the top schools they are considering, discuss their game and what they can bring to the table to a top program, and share when they feel they will make their decision. Plus, colleague Josh Gershon joins Evan as the two go through the remaining unsigned recruits and handicap where they will end up and factors playing into those decision.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UK Men’s Basketball Ranked No. 1 All-Time Program by AP

Video: UK Baseball Coach Nick Mingione Show: Ep. 1 - March 27, 2017

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Meet the Wildcats: UK Baseball Player Brayden Combs

Meet the Wildcats: UK Baseball Player Austin Keen

UK Men's Basketball Has The Most 2017 McDonald’s All-Americans

UK Showing Interest In 4-Star SG Jemarl Baker a Former California Signee

2017 SEC Network Spring Football Tour

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

UK signees Quade Green, Nick Richards, P.J. Washington prepare for 2017 McDonald’s All American Game

2017 UK signees P.J. Washington, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green named All-USA All-Americans by USA Today

UK Player Malik Monk Named Consensus All-America Second Team

Monk Earns Consensus All-America Second Team Status with AP Honor

Monk’s AP honor on Tuesday are just the latest in a long list of awards this postseason. Monk’s honors include:

• NCAA Consensus All-America Second Team
• SEC Player of the Year (AP)
• SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP)
• SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches)
• All-SEC First Team (AP/Coaches)
• All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches)
• AP All-America Second Team
• NABC All-America Second Team
• USBWA All-America Second Team
• Sporting News All-America Second Team
• Sporting News Freshman All-America Team
• USA Today All-America Second Team
• NBC Sports All-America Second Team
• Wooden Award All-American
• USBWA District IV Player of the Year
• USBWA All-District IV Team
• Jerry West Award Finalist
• Wooden Award Finalist 
• NABC All-District 21 Team

UK Freshman Player Malik Monk Named AP All-America Second Team

Kentucky reaches out to 2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball PG Mark Smith

2017 Kentucky signee Nick Richards named Player of the Year

Video: UK Football Wide Receivers Coach Lamar Thomas Spring Practice Comments

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UK Player Derek Willis Named to Play in Reese’s College All-Star Game at Final Four

Video: UK Football Player Stephen Johnson Spring Practice Comments

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Video: UK Football Coach Eddie Gran on Tuesday Practice

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Video: Replay John Calipari Call-In Show (March 27, 2017)

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UK Player Malik Monk was named a Wooden Award All-American Team

Watch/Listen to the UK Coach Calipari Call-In Show (March 27, 2017)

Forever Wildcats, Thank You Seniors ~ Mychal Mulder, Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis

UK Women's Gymnastics Mollie Korth, Alex Hyland Named All-America Team

UK Hoops Players Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator Named AP All-America Honorable Mention

Podcast: Cats HQ ~ 2017 UK Basketball Season Wrap-up

UK Players De'Aaron Fox, Isaac Humphries Named to the 2017 NCAA All-Regional Team

Happy Belated Birthday to UK Player Wenyen Gabriel

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Video/Transcript: UK Coach John Calipari, Players Dominique Hawkins, Isaac Humphries Post #2 UK 73 vs #1 North Carolina 75 - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis Tn Presser Comments

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JOHN CALIPARI: You know, it's amazing that we were in that game where they practically fouled out my team. Amazing that we had a chance. So proud of how these guys fought. So proud of Isaac. Can you imagine his first real opportunity to do this was in this game, and he performed? Amazing.

Five minutes to go, I told the staff in the huddle, they're going to go zone. Some guys argued. I said, they're going to go zone. And we did not quite execute. We kind of -- we weren't in the spots we were supposed to be in, and it kind of started from there.

But they never stopped, and the only -- I told them, they've got to self-reflect because we made some plays, some individuals made some plays down the stretch, like what were you thinking, but young kids. And the second thing is I've got to look at myself. When that three went in and it tied the game, I probably should have called a time-out. It entered my mind, but they got that son-of-a-b in so quick, I couldn't get to anybody to do it. But I needed to stop that right there. Someone said, well, what happened? I said, I don't know, and I probably will never know because I won't watch this tape, and I never watch the last tape of the season. Watched enough tapes all year. Watched a thousand tapes. I'm not watching a thousand and one.

But hats off to Carolina. What a great team. Well-coached. Roy deserves to be there. They out-played us, but I am proud of these guys. Really am.

Q. Isaac, can you talk about your performance today, what was clicking well for you, and then Dominique, can you just talk about Isaac's performance and how that impacted you all with the foul trouble that Coach alluded to?

ISAAC HUMPHRIES: We were all really obviously excited to play this game, so I was in the mindset of coming out and doing whatever I could to help my team. And I was given a great opportunity, and I just wanted to take advantage of it.

DOMINIQUE HAWKINS: We know how good Isaac is. In practice he shoots the lights out. We have a drill where we shoot for five minutes and he makes at least 80 shots. For him to step up in that moment, I'm proud of him, and I knew that he had it in him.

Q. Isaac, end of the first half, you guys go to a lineup you typically wouldn't play because of foul trouble, but you played UNC even. What was the move with all the guys on the floor there?

ISAAC HUMPHRIES: Like I said earlier, we were all super ready for this game, and I think we all just wanted to do as much as we can. In a moment like that, I don't think that crossed our mind once. I think we just needed to fight, and we tried to just fight, even though the lineup wasn't obviously what it usually was.

But honestly, we were just trying to fight, and we weren't even thinking about stuff like that.

Q. There was a couple big calls in the first half, the goal-tending and the wiped-out basket. How did that change your momentum in the first half?

JOHN CALIPARI: I'll come back to this. There was a lot of stuff that went on, and our kids fought through it. I told them at halftime, it is what it is. And you've got to beat who's out there, and let's go, and don't worry about it. And I even said, I'm going to back off because it's on TV. It's tape. You can't -- you can say that -- but deal with it, and they've got to deal with it, too.

But don't take away from North Carolina. I mean, you think of the plays they made, down five, to get back, and I mean, it was bang-bang. And then to get up, and then us come back and tie the game, and then they make one at the buzzer? Come on. It was a terrific game. I just wish we could have played a first half with a full roster. But it is what it is. I mean, you look at it, and guys stepped up. I mean, somebody just said, you played even with a group that you never played before. We never played those guys. We play them in practice some, but I was proud of them. I was proud of how they fought in the first half. Should have been down 15. We were down five. It's crazy.

Q. What did you see from the sideline during Carolina's 12-0 run in that second half?

JOHN CALIPARI: They went zone. We missed -- we didn't execute great, but we missed open shots. Then we took a bad shot. And then you take a turnover, and all of a sudden it's a 12-0 run. I want to say that, you know, we needed to make one to stem the tide and try to win the game, and we just missed them all. But how about, the game was tied up? What were we, on a 6-0 run at the end? What were they seeing? These were two teams just slugging at each other.

UK Men's Basketball Final: #2 UK 73 vs #1 North Carolina 75 - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis Tn

UK Men's Basketball Halftime: #2 UK 33 vs #1 North Carolina 38 - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis Tn

Right there in it. Gotta execute better in the second half. #Elite8

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Gameday: #2 UK Men's Basketball Starters vs #1 North Carolina - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis, Tn.

Gameday: #2 UK vs #1 North Carolina Game Information - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis, Tn.

Gameday ~ Academy Sports + Outdoors Keys to Victory: #2 UK vs #1 North Carolina Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis, Tn.

Gameday: #2 UK vs #1 North Carolina Pre - Game Locker Room - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis Tn

Shoe game is on point.

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Podcast: Cats HQ ~ 2017 NCAA Tournament | UK/UNC Preview

Video: #2 UK vs #1 North Carolina - Battle of the Bluebloods Hype - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis, Tn.

Gameday Photo/Video: #2 UK vs #3 UCLA Game Practice Shoot Around - Sweet 16 ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis Tn

Only the elite play on this stage today. #Elite8

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Gameday: NCAA Tournament Play #2 UK vs #1 North Carolina - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis, Tn.

Gameday: Beat #1 North Carolina - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis, Tn.

2017 NCAA Tournament - Elite Eight Sunday Games TV Schedule/Time

All times ET, with the second window of each game slated for 30 minutes after the scheduled conclusion of the first game. So those start times are approximate.

Elite Eight


2:20 p.m. CBS: No. 4 Florida vs. No. 7 South Carolina: Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce

5:05 p.m. CBS: No. 2 Kentucky vs. No.1 North Carolina: Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery // Tracy Wolfson

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gameday Video: #2 UK 86 vs #3 UCLA 75 Recap - Sweet 16 ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis Tn

Video/Photo: #2 UK vs #1 North Carolina Pre Game Shoot Around - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis, Tn.

Video/Transcript: UK Coach Calipari, Players De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe, Edrice Adebayo, Derek Willis At Podium Pre #2 UK vs #1 North Carolina - Elite Eight ~ 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament South Region FedEx Forum - Memphis, Tn.

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JOHN CALIPARI: Normally I wouldn't do this, but I want to make sure that I don't forget. I'm getting old; I do forget stuff now and then.

The impact that Bam had on that game yesterday, some of you who write about basketball don't really watch it, may not have understood. UCLA came in with one thought: We're going to make this really hard on Bam. So he sacrificed. He had five assists. He created shots for both Dom and opened up the lane for De'Aaron Fox. He still tried to fight and rebound. Never says a word. So the impact on the game that he had, unless you really understood what was going on, they made that decision, and he rode with it.

Now, he did walk a couple times. He should have scored a couple more baskets. But the reality of it is he played well.

The other is Isaiah. When we talk on that court, when we're talking, we are really good. When we don't talk, we are really bad. And he leads us. He gets the other guys to talk. He's playing five positions on both offense and defense. He'll do whatever you need him to do. And at the end of the game when they started pressing, if you watched, he was running the press attack and put us where we needed to go.

But that stuff doesn't show up in stats. But when you're coaching, you understand the importance of it. So I felt I needed to say that.

Q. I know how difficult it is to get to this point; what sense can you share with us of how special it may be here that you get to share it, not only about Big Blue Nation but also your Memphis friends, in person here, almost two-for-one?

 Well, Ellen and I, we had some people that couldn't be at the reception came to a practice. Last night we had wings, and my man from Ching's Wings, Lafayette, came over to see us. That stuff is great.

But the reality of it is after we did that reception and we had a couple hundred friends come and see us, it's been all about this basketball team. You know, it wouldn't matter where we were playing. I'm having fun because of these guys. I just appreciate the fact that they're fighting and doing it and doing it together and sharing. De'Aaron had it going, and they all accepted it.

We played games where Malik has had it going. We've had games where the guy controlling the game has been Isaiah. No one says a word. We've had games -- every once in a while, about every 10 games, they throw it to you, Bam? Would you say? If he doesn't travel. But this has been a fun ride.

Now, I'll say it again. We don't know what to expect. I just want these kids to go out there and have a ball, but we're the youngest team. Out of 68 teams in this thing, we were the youngest team. One of the veteran teams is North Carolina, and they are outstanding. I mean, I watched it. I watched tape from last night and through this morning, and ooh, they're good. Guard play, big. Jackson had 40 on us last time we played. I mean, they're good.

Q. John and the players, I wonder if you could speak to having three SEC teams in the Elite 8 and what it is you like specifically about South Carolina and Florida.

 Both of those teams are great. I didn't really play against South Carolina, but Florida was great. They beat us down there pretty good, and getting a chance at them again. Just all the SEC, everyone wants to talk down on it, things like that, but right now, it's one guaranteed team is going to be in the Final Four just because those two are playing against each other, but I want to say it's going to be two in there.

JOHN CALIPARI: I don't know about that. He didn't say that.

Q. Even though Kentucky and Carolina have only played three times in the NCAA Tournament, when you guys met in December, is this something that you had hoped would happen, anticipated that it would happen?

 No. I haven't watched much of their games because I get focused on my team, but I turned on something, and Joel Berry made three fives in a row. I don't remember what game it was. It was like, oh, my gosh, and I remember watching them play and I'm thinking, please don't put them in our bracket, and there they are in our bracket. Probably someone heard me think that, and said oh, that's what he doesn't want. They're going in that bracket. But you don't do it for that. Somebody said does playing somebody help? Well, it probably helps both of us in preparation. We know we've done it once, but the reality of it is that game was so long ago, I don't think Pinson played. I think the guard was hurt. I think Joel was hurt. When I watched the tape, it's like, ooh, my gosh. Both teams are better; let me say that.

Q. Coach and the freshmen. You guys are pretty young compared to UNC. I want to know what impact the experience will have on tomorrow's game.

 I don't think we're freshmen anymore. You can't use that term anymore because it's in the tournament now. Nobody looks at that. But they're a veteran team. We've played them before. But we've just got to prepare and listen to Coach and just focus in on defense.

ISAIAH BRISCOE: Well, since the beginning of the year, I think these guys came in and they were playing like older guys with experience, and throughout the season they've only been getting better. They caught up with the speed and the physicality of play in college. Yeah, so these guys, they're experienced, and like I said, those tight games down at the end of the games, they came up big for us when we needed them. So I mean, they're experienced just like North Carolina is experienced, and I just think it'll be a good game tomorrow.

Q. Bam, you heard your coach go out of his way to praise your effort last night; I wonder how you react to that, and do you feel as if your contributions tend to get overlooked or underappreciated?

I don't pay it no mind. I just go out there and just have fun with my teammates. If I'm not scoring and they're scoring, I'm not going to say nothing because as long as we win, it doesn't matter.

JOHN CALIPARI: He's done -- one time in the game, he came up to me, and he said, Coach, you may want to tell them to throw me the ball every once in a while, and he smiled, and I just busted out laughing. I can't remember what game it was.


 Everybody -- what were you laughing about, because he never says anything like that. These kids are all comfortable in their skin. They're comfortable with who they are as people and as players, so they're not competing for someone else's minutes, shots. And every one of them have sacrificed. They could have gone somewhere else and shot 30 balls a game, and they're here sharing.

Q. John and De'Aaron, this would be your third Final Four in four years. Why do you think there are so many critics of the one-and-done culture?

 Well, I think probably throughout my career, I've been disruptive. Like every once in a while, I speak my mind and walk into different leagues and jobs and have to build and go and have to disrupt. With this, it's disrupting. It's not the norm. It's not what it's supposed to be. But if you care about these kids, and you really care, it's more about them than anything else, and I come back to this. If they'd chose not to play, we don't have a tournament. This tournament is about them. It's not about me as a coach. It's not about you as the media. It's not about the fan. It's about these kids.

I think that what we were able to do -- and it was not by design, I'm not that smart -- but we had five guys leave, John Wall and the boys, DeMarcus, five guys, first round, and all of a sudden, it's like, what just happened. And you know what? Miss Veronica, Devin Booker's mom hit me last night, and we went back and forth, and she even mentioned, I think Devin being your sixth man helped him and it's driving him. He was the sixth man. He scored 70. He scored 70. And he wasn't even a starter here, because he accepted that you have to do this together.

I would hope people look at this team and say, how are these kids sharing, how do they play this hard, how do they have this much poise when people like try to rough them up and try to create stuff, and they don't respond. How is that? Because they're good kids. They come from good families. They're driven. They're wired that way, and they're unselfish.

DE'AARON FOX: For me, I'm not worried about that. We're still playing basketball, so I'm not thinking about leaving. If things go as planned, we still have three games left, so that's not in my mind right now.

JOHN CALIPARI: You'd better play well, that's all I'm saying, with the stuff you're saying.

Q. With the exception of these last couple minutes, De'Aaron always kind of says the right thing, he's very polished. He doesn't open up a lot to us. Can you speak a little bit about what kind of person you have in this point guard?

 When he's excited, he's Chatty Cathy. He talks like he just did. But you have all these kids up here. How much have you heard from Derek? Like Derek is not saying a whole lot. But if you talk to Malik, he's going to give you -- or Bam, they'll give you three-word answers. But we were walking down the hallway, and you can't believe how they're talking amongst each other and laughing and joking and they're all over Bam, and Bam is all over them.

For me to be behind it seeing it, that's what this is about. They're going to remember this experience together when this is over, and that's why you want them to just -- all of them have success. You want them all -- I'm so happy for Dom and Michael and Isaac, the way they're playing. You want them to leave this situation or this experience and take it with them, and it's, man, we did this together. Man, we learned to share.

We talk about servant-leadership in this program. It means you're more about your teammate than yourself. That's what it means, and we try to teach that, and we try to live that, and these kids have done that.

Q. You played Carolina in the 2011 East Regional Final in Newark. Do you see any similarities at all between that game and this one?

They were really good then, too, and Brandon Knight got on a roll and was playing and dragged the team. But so was Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb. I mean, that team, Darius Miller, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins. What I've just said to you, a bunch of those guys were professional, too.

So we had a good team. We were a little bit overlooked because we were so young. At that time being young really affected you. They'd say, well, they can't be that good, they're young. People tried to use that in 2012 until we started playing games, and it didn't. But back then, Carolina if I remember right, they had some really talented guys, and it was an exciting game.

Q. Bam and Malik and De'Aaron, Coach said that he would want to avoid seeing Carolina in the bracket, but this time last year when all of you signed on to play for the University of Kentucky, isn't this exactly the kind of game that you would want to play in?

 He can't answer anymore. Fox can't answer anymore.

EDRICE ADEBAYO: We all committed. We was just grateful to get accepted to Kentucky. But looking forward, we just want to play basketball. It's not about who we play. We just wanted to play basketball.

MALIK MONK: Every game for Kentucky is going to be big, I think, so that's the biggest key why we came here.

DE'AARON FOX: I was told not to answer anymore. (Laughter).

Q. John, I know you haven't watched a lot of North Carolina, but what --

 Well, I have this morning and late last night. So I've seen about five of their games, plus our game with them.

Q. What's the difference that you've seen between Jackson between when you played them in December and what you're seeing from him now?

He's the same. He's still scoring the same way. He makes open threes if you don't play him. He curls in the lane and scores. He isolates, and he gets to the rim. He had 40 on us, and then I'm watching, maybe it was just that game, and like I'm watching all these other games, no, it wasn't just that game. He can get you a bunch of different ways. He's a tough match-up for any team.

Q. John and Isaiah, looking back to last year for Isaiah and Earl think year, could you all have imagined where Dominique is at this point, and how vital is he to the success going forward?

 I wouldn't have, but Dom, he deserves it. He's a great kid. I look up to Dom. I'm always going to him for advice, especially when I first got here. Like I said, he waited his turn. He put the work in. Dom is a great kid. He deserves everything coming his way, and I'm excited for him. He's probably quiet to you all, but when he's around us, he's laughing, joking, and it's just funny because he's so quiet. I just hope he keeps playing with that confidence; he's sparking us off the bench, and like I said, he deserves everything coming his way.

Q. The game you played in December against North Carolina, one of the best games of the college basketball season, for each of you, what was your lasting memory of that day in Las Vegas?

 Lasting memory? Just a dogfight, really, a high-scoring game, might have been high 90s, 100 maybe. Just came down to the end of things. Malik hit a big shot for us, and that's all it was. Again, it'll probably be a little different this time around. But we'll be prepared, and coaches do a real good job with that, and we're excited to play.

EDRICE ADEBAYO: Just lasting memory, just all of us having fun. We were just out there talking having fun; Malik was making shots', Fox was getting lay-ups. We was just all just having fun, just sticking together.

ISAIAH BRISCOE: Yeah, I just remember that shot Malik hit, and I remember Coach yelling at him telling him to drive, and he shot it anyway. Any time that I watch that little clip or whatever, I always tell Malik, what if you missed that? Just what if? And my heart will start beating real fast and everything like that.

Other than that, just us going out there, having fun. Everybody thought we were going to lose because they were veterans and we were the younger team, and we just came out, fought, played together, and just played Kentucky basketball, and we came out to win.

MALIK MONK: Fox still can't answer, but I just remember Bam fouling out with like six minutes left in the game.

ISAIAH BRISCOE: He left us hanging.

MALIK MONK: He left us hanging. That's all I remember.


ISAIAH BRISCOE: Yeah, we won.

EDRICE ADEBAYO: All right then.

JOHN CALIPARI: We're passing Fox. All I remember is they scored 100 on us. That's all I remember.

Q. Little Washington, how does it feel to play a team from home tomorrow?

 I'm just going to go out there and just play basketball, just have fun. That's all I can say.

ISAIAH BRISCOE: That's his favorite phrase. I'm just going to go play basketball and have fun.

JOHN CALIPARI: Obviously, you're not excited that I have to still be here, but that's fine.

Q. John, Mike White last night kind of said late, four seconds left, he's kind of glad he didn't have a time-out to stop Chiozza running the court and hitting the shot to win the game. Question: Why do coaches maybe feel the need to try to set up that play late in the game, and what's your personal philosophy?

 Well, I'd let it go and watch and then be ready to scream time-out if it looks ugly. But I want them to just play on, and that's what we practice. You know, I'm not one -- I like to go home with timeouts, three. I like the players to work through their issues. Unless we're going to lose, then I'll call a time-out to change something. Sometimes I'm calling a time-out because we just look winded.

But I think if you're going to be a good team and you're playing for March, which is what we always do, you're using the season to learn, and it's not game to game. And if there are issues that are happening that you must stop them every time, I don't know how they grow. I think they've got to work through some of the stuff themselves. In a late game like that, I'll give you an example why I don't like calling it, okay.

Maybe you have a 30-second time-out. So you call a time-out, and your guys are walking over. Come on, come on, come on. Okay, guys, now here's what we're going to do. We're going to run this play, and this is what it is, okay. You got it? Coach, what if they go zone. Oh, yeah, yeah, if they go zone, we're going to run this, all right, and here's how we're going to do this. All right, how are we getting it in if they're -- oh, we're going to go (buzzer sounds) let's go, let's go, just give it to Jim and go get one.

Why put the game back in his hands, the other coach? I will never call a time-out if the other coach doesn't have one because I'm letting it -- I'm not going to do him a favor. Just count that you've done enough in practice, they know the kind of shot you're looking for, they know the situation. Then you don't have to.

But if I look up, I can remember Edgar Padilla and Carmelo Travieso and I wasn't going to call a time-out, and the first ball was almost stolen and the second ball was almost stolen. I think it was at Xavier and I called a time-out -- time-out -- because we were going to throw it away. But that's 20 years ago. More than 20 years ago, oh, my gosh, 30 years ago.

Q. You've obviously had a lot of success with freshmen stars who went on to the NBA. A lot of coaches in the country haven't had that kind of success. Why hasn't the model been duplicated in recent years?

 Well, I'm not the only one coaching young guys that are having success, but I think part of the thing for us is that we're not making outlandish promises. If you talk to any of the kids that we've recruited, they'll tell you he never promises you'll start or how many minutes you'll get or how many shots you'll get. What we commit to is you will be a better player, you'll have the best chance to reach your dreams, and if it's ego, minutes, shots, you're the face, we're going to put your name in the rafters; then go somewhere else. You can't come here.

If you want to shoot 30 balls a game, even Devin Booker was told this. Now, Devin hit me today and said, could you have imagined if you'd have let me shoot like you do Malik, what I'd have been doing? He hit me with that this morning, and I told him -- I won't tell you what I told him.

But they all know they're going to share, and a kid like Malik -- both Malik and De'Aaron took -- their coaches will tell you, between 35 and 40 shots a game. Both of them. Whether it was Briscoe, whether it was Derek, all these guys, and they have to share, and they know it coming here. And the kids that we have coming in for the next year, they know it. It's going to be a great defensive team. We're going to share. We're all going to grow. We're going to be the best version of ourselves. I try to tell you that it's not about numbers, it's about you as a player and as a person and as a teammate.

Q. I know that you're involved in getting your team ready, but I know you're also friends with the Millers, Archie Miller was named the coach of Indiana. What kind of coach did they get in him?

 If I were hiring a coach, I would hire Archie. I say that because, one, we all grew up with his father. Like his father coached all of us, Sean, all of us that came through there. And he's a basketball -- that's what he does. He's a basketball guy. Not afraid. He's got a fight in him, and he's got a will, and the kids love playing for him.

I think he'll do a great job there. I mean, it's not an easy job. None of these jobs are easy, but that's not an easy job, either, and you have to walk in there wanting that challenge, kind of like wanting Kentucky. If you don't want this, don't -- all that goes along with it, don't come here, and it's the same with Indiana. You've got to want that, and he did, obviously, or he wouldn't have taken that job.

Q. Do you have a system or something during the season on how you get the freshmen acclimated because you can't expect them to do what they're doing now back in November or December.

: It's called, I age very fast. Every day that you sit at your desk, you've got to keep telling yourself it's a process. It's a process, and you cannot skip steps. The reason we had a chance to win every game in '14 and '15 was because guys stayed that we didn't expect to stay. Now we had a full roster of nine, ten guys. That's why we were able to do what we did. Veterans, with these young guys, reality of it is you can't play in December, November like it's March, because it's just not possible. It's going to be a process, and you've got to really trust your kids, and the only way you can trust them is they trust you. You've got to be about them and their success and their growth more than anything else.

If not, they're not trusting you. They're going to look at you and say, this guy is about the program, the program. Look at the banners. This is the program. The kids say, yeah, how about me and my family? This is about -- and with us, we talk about family. And I get it. I mean, I grew up like a lot of these kids, and I get it. I get their parents. They were like my parents. I get it. And I don't take it lightly that I have an opportunity with a -- I want to call them geniuses because they're a genius with what they've been given, most of it God-given. But they've been given something that's going to have them, like the other 30 kids in the league that I've had, be able to do things for themselves and their families and their communities and get involved. I don't take that lightly.

Now, we still want to win every game. Oh, he doesn't care about winning, he only cares about getting guys to the NBA. Really? If you pin that on me, I'll probably say, fine, you can say that. Say that a lot. But it's not the case, because we've got to convince these kids if they're really to achieve and learn what it means to be successful, you must win, which means you must share, and you must be servant-leaders, and you must be great teammates. If you can't do that, you really didn't get what we teach here.

You know, I've been blessed. I've had -- how many parents have said, almost in tears, I'm giving you my child. This is our opportunity for our family. And it's just the stuff that we do. Why do you always go to the green room? It's graduation day. Do you go to your child's graduation or do you say I can't go there because they'll see me there. What? This is their graduation. I'm going to be there. And I'm going to be at the table, and I'm going to hug them and I'm going to laugh with them, and their parents get to breathe for the first time. They get to breathe. And I see it, and I'm there.

Q. You had Bam and Isaac in there, in the game at the same time. We haven't seen that often this year. What was your thought process putting that lineup in?

 I wanted to see how they would play together, and I also looked at their lineup. They have two bigs. And I felt that he could play those kids.

Now, if they have a 6'7" 4 man, unless I put Bam on the 4 or a very active 5 man, I maybe wouldn't have done it, but he played well. And this is another game. Maybe we can play two bigs in this game.

Q. Both Kentucky and North Carolina are the two winningest teams in the NCAA Tournament. Have you ever played in a regional game of this magnitude?

Let me just say this: Every regional game that I've played in is this magnitude because you get a chance to keep playing. I don't know how many I've coached in. 11? And they're all of that magnitude.

I can just tell you that when I look back on some of them and just great memories of a team. Just funny, though, after we win, I go in the locker room, there's no -- like it's what's next? They're not like doing back flips. They're like, what's next? And that's kind of being at Kentucky.

Q. Is there a specific moment or game that you realized that this team got or it clicked with them what you were wanting them to do defensively?

 Well, when we rebooted, that's what it was all about. It was about that, and it was about ball movement. And we just said, we're going back to these two things and we're going to get better at them, and they bought in. They want to win. They want to be told.

Look, the structure we have, the discipline we have within the program. Kids will complain about discipline and complain way more about lack of discipline, lack of structure. And in this program, these kids, they come here, tell me what I have to do. I'm here because I want to be coached. Get on me. Like people, how do you get on these kids? They want to be challenged. They want to be pushed. They don't want to just come and do what they want to do.

And so that being the case, I would say it was probably about three, four weeks after we did that you could see that, uh-oh, we're going in the right path.

Q. What has Derek Willis meant to this program, not just in the last four years but in this run so far the last 14 wins here?

 Well, the best thing for me, and again, people will say, well, everybody is one-and-done. They're not all one-and-done. We've had 14 players graduate in seven years. Three will graduate from this team. So we'll have 17 players graduate.

Derek Willis, Dom and Mychal Mulder will have college degrees. There are kids that I get a chance to see for four years and see them grow, and it's a feeling that you're like, wow. They go from young men to men. They go from unsure of themselves to sure of who they are or where they want to go. You know, Dom and Derek have meant so much to the program because, again, they came and said, we know we're going to have to sit for a while. We just want our opportunity.

And I told them every year, you play as though you're going to start, and we'll see where this goes, and they both had their opportunities and they're loving it and our fans. They're going to be -- in the state of Kentucky, you look at kids that are going to be born in the next year, many Doms and Dereks will be named. Many, because of those two.

Q. The University announced your two-year extension the other day. Any particular reason you wanted to do that now before the season ends?

 Well, they approached me about it, and it was fine. I mean, I didn't -- there was not like a negotiation stuff, we'd like to do this, we're doing this with other coaches, what do you think? I said, yeah, if you want to extend, I'm not going to say no, that's fine. But there was no, like, negotiation.

Q. I think it's been about 10 years since Carolina had a one-and-done kind of player. Do you find in recruiting that the two programs are going after sort of a different profile of kid? Do you think it's by design based on how they recruit?

 You'd have to ask the coach that, but what I do is design from Coach Smith. When Coach Smith was at North Carolina during the season, he said, it's all about the team. The minute this season ends, it's going to be all about each individual player and what's best for them. That's what Coach Smith did, and that's what I do.

Now, if he were coaching now, would he do what I'm doing? I bet you he would. Maybe not as many, but he used to recruit -- he was so far ahead of his time, for the 12th, 11th, 10th position. He recruited specifically with what he wanted those players to look like. He was so far ahead of this game and the coaching profession and how he dealt with the program that we still are all learning from him.

Q. How important was the 2012 example of sharing the ball, your championship team, to the teams that have come after that and the players that come after that?

 There were two things with that team. One, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist took the fifth-most shots, and Anthony Davis took the fourth-most shots. Karl Towns took the fifth-most shots on his team. They're doing okay.

But the second thing was that I'm able to tell them, it doesn't -- shots, it doesn't matter. If you can play and you can do this, it happens. In our program, points and that stuff doesn't matter for where you're going to be drafted and your success. But the other thing for all of us, winning the National Title took off all the negative stuff, and then when another program did it, it became nonexistent.

So now we can worry about the kids instead of worrying about what everybody is saying. Well, what does it mean, or -- we're coaching kids and we're working within the rules that we have, and this is what we do. Some do it one way, some do it another. If you were talking -- I would tell you you'd have to talk to other coaches to find out their take on it, but that team helped us recruit, no question.

Q. You talked last week about graduate transfers hurting mid-majors. Can you walk me through your evolution on that topic and does that mean you won't be taking graduate transfers in the future?

 Well, the Julius Mays thing -- and when I talk about it, I'll bring up Julius, that he really wanted to come to Kentucky. And I'm happy that we took him because he is one of the greatest kids I've ever coached, and he gave us a veteran guard. But at the end of the day, anyone that has a board with all the graduate transfers on it, like who can we get from here, think about it; those are players who are playing for a mid-major program that has invested in them, and they have a year to go, and it's that coach and that program's time. If that kid wants to leave, just make him sit out. You can leave and just sit out.

By playing right away, I don't think it's good for the kids. Many of them leave the school, don't even tell the coach. They text him and say, I'm going. What? How about teaching them to be a man. If you want to sit down with the coach and say I'm thinking about doing this, what do you think? Well, let's talk through this. You have coaches now that are holding kids back academically so they can't graduate. Is that what we want? I mean, it's real simple; it's awful for mid-major coaches, for programs, and I don't think it's good for the kids. I really don't.

I mean, if they had to sit out and they wanted to go to another program, I'd say, that's fine. But to play right away and have all of us trying to figure out who it is, you know, it's not -- I don't feel good about that. And again, the Julius thing at the time, it was just starting. I don't regret doing it. But obviously we haven't done it since.