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On Washington, Vanderbilt and Green coming off the bench …

“I feel like any three of those guys could start, any three of those guys could come off the bench. So it’s just all about what the team needs you to do. If it’s coming off the bench, it’s coming off the bench. You’re still going to play the amount of minutes you play.”

On how much credit he gives Cal for regaining his confidence …

“He believed in me. Of course he believed in me, but at the end of the day I had to go on the court and do it. So it’s not pretty much a lot of him, but it’s more of me. Because he can say and do everything, but I gotta get on the court and perform.”

On how Cal sent that message that he believed in him …

“Just like that. ‘I believe in you,’ but he can only do so much. He can only believe in me so much. At the end of the day, I’m the one on the court lacing it up and going out there and competing. So it was all about me.”

On whether Cal’s belief in him is one of the reasons he wanted to come to Kentucky …

“Yeah, definitely. A person that doesn’t give up on somebody just because they’re going through tough times. You have to fail to be successful and that’s how I feel.”

On Chris Chiozza going through the same thing and whether players need support …

“You definitely need somebody like that in your life, somebody that’s never going to back up and somebody that’s always going to stay on you no matter what. No matter if the times are hard, no matter if the times are great.”

On wanting to get Florida back …

“We just want to end the season off on the right note. We want to end the season off with a W and go into this March thinking about winning. That’s what it’s all about.”

On the way they lost last time vs. Florida …

“We’re not dwelling on the past. That’s one thing—once the game is over, we close that chapter and focus on the next one. So coming out today, we’re going to hope that we’re not in position for a last play like that to matter.”

On the importance of winning to secure a double-bye in the SEC Tournament …

“That’s really important, but it’s much more of us just focusing on what we need to do going into March and the momentum that we need going into March knowing that this is when the season really starts for us. We just need to focus on that and know this is just another big game for us.”

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