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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Believes UK Is Ready For SEC Tournament

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On being named second-team All-SEC …

“It’s an honor. We play in a really tough conference with a lot of great players. It feels good to be recognized amongst those players. It’s not something I cherish too much though because I’m focused on team goals right now.”

On which team will show up at the SEC Tournament …

“I think the good team will show up in St. Louis. We’ve watched a lot (of film) the last couple of days. We realized we messed up and where we went wrong. I think we’re all in the right mindset, we just have to try and fix them (the mistakes).”

On if it’s easier to fix the mistakes now that they have played well down the stretch …

“I think the streak helped a lot because we know what we did well during that streak to play as well as we did. We just have to go back to it.”

On finally being able to play in a meaningful college tournament and what his mentality is going into it …

“(The mentality) is to just go at other teams. It’s us against the world. Yeah, we’re just going to try and compete as hard as possible. I think if we compete and do what coach wants us to do, we’ll be fine.”

On if there is a different feeling going into a tournament than a regular-season game …

“Do or die. Yeah, I think that adds a little bit. Like I said, just us knowing what we need to do to get back to that mindset and that game plan where we were at when we won four in a row.”

On Coach Cal and the team are hungrier this year being a No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament …

“No, I don’t think we’re too worried about our seeding for the SEC Tournament. We’re just trying to be the best team that we can be in the postseason, and that’s one of the things he’s drilled into us during the regular season. Nothing really matters until March, to win games in March, to be able to be a really good basketball team and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

On if he thinks the tournament will be wide open …

“Yeah, I think the league is pretty good. From first until however many teams are in the league, there’s going to be competition in every game. Everyone is going to have to bring it.”

On how he would describe his game …

“Yeah, I’m kind of crafty. I don’t have all of the athleticism in the world that a lot of point guards do or all of the speed and quickness. But, I’m kind of crafty. I use my angles well. I get to where I need to get to on the floor to be successful.”

On if the team has already forgotten about the Florida loss …

“We’ve moved on from Florida. We obviously had a bad performance. We’re just trying to fix what we did bad. We watched (film) a couple of days ago. We watched and now we’ve moved on.”

On if the team has gone back to scrimmaging …

“Yeah, we’ll scrimmage today at practice.”

On playing on a neutral court …

“It’ll help I guess a little bit. No really road games or anything like that. But, Kentucky is such a big fan base we’ll have fans at every game and it’ll feel like a home game. So, I think it’ll be in our favor.”

On what the team needs to improve on after the Florida game …

“I think it starts with our defense and our intensity and our focus on the game plan. Then also us competing on both ends of the floor. The Florida game I feel like, myself included, we just didn’t value possessions like we should have both defensively and offensively. That has to change for March.”

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