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Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Quotes

Kentucky vs. Ole Miss 

Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

Feb. 28, 2018

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Guard, Fr.

On the start of the game…

“Yeah, it was really chippy, but, we knew they were going to be aggressive and get a little out of hand. I think they’re at the bottom of the league. They played like they have nothing to lose. So, they were going to play a little aggressive and wild and we just had to keep our composure and keep ahead.”

On how hard was it to get up for Ole Miss when you Florida is Saturday…

“It wasn’t too difficult. We attack every game the same way. We try to beat our opponent. So, not too difficult.”

On how much has the team changed since you last played Florida…

“A lot across the board completely. We have contributions from a bunch of guys. Jarred (Vanderbilt) has helped us out a lot. He adds a different dynamic and I think we’re a completely different team because of him.”

#0, Quade Green, G, Fr.

On how he’s made himself special playing away from the ball…

“Just being aggressive, really. When I’ve got the ball just be aggressive, make the right plays. Score when I have to score. Shoot when I have to shoot. Pass when I have to pass.”

On the team looking relaxed tonight…

“We was a little bit. We practice, really. In practice make it difficult for the games to be easier.”

On keeping emotions under control…

“That’s everyday life where we come from. This is normal for us. Everybody was just playing how we was playing.”

On if he likes playing off the ball…

“Honestly, a lot. I’ve been playing off the ball in high school, too. I was real used to it, real familiar with it. Nothing changed for me.”

On how that role frees him up offensively…

“I’m a scoring threat. I can score in all three ways, it doesn’t matter. They help and I’m right there to shoot the ball, make shots. If they know I can shoot they even help my teammates get to the lane because they try to not miss, too.”

#32, Wenyen Gabriel, Sophomore, F

On what he thought about how physical the game started and the two technical fouls…

“It was kind of expected. Anytime you play against a team like that that has nothing to lose at this point, you know they are going to play well and come out and play physical. We were just thinking, don’t let them get under your skin and just play our game.”

On why he thinks the three point shots are starting to fall now…

“I mean, we haven’t always shot well in the games but we have always been a good group of shooters. In practice we always make a lot of shots. I think it was really just a mental thing that was a part of why we were losing and in that slump but that’s something you have to experience. I feel like in those moments it’s when you really when you find out who you are and we broke out of that and now we are just moving forward.”

On… how this streak has come about…

“We decided to start playing our game through a couple guys. We started running our offense through a couple guys and everybody else was just going to eat off of that. We all figured out our roll - as time came on, you don’t have to think as much cause you know what kind of shots you’re going to get and where you’re going to get it. Guys are just more confident out there when they know what they’re going to do and what they’re going to get. Now we just go out there and play hard.”

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