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Kentucky Men’s Basketball

Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

Kentucky Vs. Vanderbilt

Jan. 30, 2017

UK Student-Athletes

#0, Quade Green, Freshman, G

On the last play of the game …

“I just saw an open layup. I saw the big man was at the top of the key so he wasn’t guarding the row.”

On the resiliency of this team…

“We keep fighting. We’re some fighters. We keep pushing it and pushing it and don’t want to lose. We always want to win. “

On the rarity of dogpiles in Rupp Arena and if he was surprised…   

“That was my first one actually. I wasn’t surprised it just shocked me. I just turned around and saw Johnny [David] running at me then everybody was on me pushing me down to the ground. I was very surprised PJ [Washington] pushed me down to the ground but the blood was running through my body so I didn’t feel it.”  

On his injuries, this season…

“We couldn’t lose on the floor twice this year so we just had to fight. They were outworking us, rebounding, hitting shots so we had to outwork them.”

On what changed to cut a 14 point lead…

“I would say Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander]. He made some crucial buckets that really helped us.”

On why no one could stop Shai Gilgeous-Alexander…

“No, he’s hard to guard. He has a seven-foot wingspan, he grabs and holds on offense so it’s very hard to guard him.”  

On if his approach changes coming off the bench…

“No, It’s the same approach really if I’m starting versus coming off the bench. It doesn’t matter to me I’m just coming to play hard.”

On his mentality taking the last shot…

“I’m shooting that shot always. I will always have that mindset. I like taking big shots and I had my Kobe’s on so I was feeling like Mamba in my roots.”

#5, Kevin Knox, F

On tonight’s game being a “gut check” win…

“It was a good one for us. I mean, they caught our plays the whole game, but we fought and came back. Just like West Virginia, we were clamping, got some stops on defense, and executed on offense.”

On back court foul with two seconds left…

“It was a good fade by Jarred (Vanderbilt). He kind of threw it up and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went up and got it. It was a foul, I’m glad they called it and Shai knocked down the free throw.”

On Quade’s game winning lay-up…

“I thought Cal was going to call a time out. I think that’s why he paused a little bit, but he kept going, and I guess they thought we were going to call a time out, but he just went straight up for the layup and made it. It was a good play by him and good awareness.”

#22, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Fr., G

On how desperate were they being down 14 again…

“It was tough. But, obviously we knew if we fought we could come back because we did in the game prior to this one. We fought and we were able to pull out a win.”

On if there was a point in the second half where he knew he would put the offense on his back…

“That was really coach and my teammates calling the play and putting the ball in my hand. Then having great spacing and being ready to shoot and keeping the defense honest that allowed that to happen.

On if anything was going through his head after having a tough game at WVU on the effort the team would give…

“Personally, I felt a little lackadaisical in the beginning. For the rest of my team I can’t really speak for them. We had to put together a fight as a collective group in the beginning. Once we got it together we were able to get on a roll.”

On if it was hard to gear it back after an emotional game at WVU…

“I wouldn’t say it was hard. I think it was just us being complacent, myself a little bit included as well. We have to stop doing that. We get a little bit too high after good wins and stuff like that and we have to stay level headed.”

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