After falling to Kentucky Transylvania Coach Brian Lane and players Michael Jefferson and Cooper Theobald spoke to the media. (Sorry gatorade sponsorship got in the way for part of the interview).

Brian Lane Michael Jefferson and Cooper Theobald


From UK Athletics

Transylvania Head Coach Brian Lane

Opening Statement…

“It’s always a thrill to bring my team down North Broadway to play. This is the fourth time we’ve played in about seven or eight years and just the atmosphere for our student body and for our alums and future students and families across the nation, it’s just a great opportunity for our program. Can’t say enough about Coach Cal and his generosity in making sure this happens. I am very lucky to coach at a university that had C.M. Newton before me, Lee Rose and Don Lane. Every day when I go to work behind me I’ve got a picture of four really, really special people. Harry Stephenson who hired C.M. Newton to come to Transylvania after playing for Coach Rupp and Lee Rose who replaced C.M., and obviously my father. Special, special night with the Martins. C.M. made every person that was around him feel special. He came to our game in 2006 when we were going to the sweet 16 and was able to come in and talk to our team afterwards. He was just as excited for that, I’m sure, as some of the other big wins that he had as a coach and that he had as an athletic director. Just an unbelievable role model for all of us and it was exciting to be able to play this game in his honor.”

On what impression Kentucky made on him…

“Their size, if you look at the shot chart obviously you knew that there was going to be a mismatch for us inside. So many other times that we’ve played them they settled for outside shots early and certainly they didn’t do that tonight. Watching the games and everything in preparation for this, we knew that the pressure defense they were going to give us out on the floor was gonna be something that we might struggle with. We tried to work really, really hard to not stop short, to try to really get out and make ourselves available to get the ball reversed. We got it from side-to-side a little bit and then we spread it out and were able to get it to drive. They had the size. I think Reid (Travis) coming in, and the addition of him, Reid Travis, it’s been a couple years since, I almost said we’ve had, but Kentucky’s had a big guy with that size at that age. I think he’s a huge factor. You can see as the game evolved, I was really impressed with how they were talking to each other and they were communicating with each other. It’s not easy to play a smaller line up like we did. We talked about the blocked shots. Anthony Davis had eight blocked shots in the game against us, and they only had seven tonight and that was because we quite frankly said if somebody is on you, you gotta give it up and take good looks as opposed to force some things.”

On wide-open looks they got and how the deficient could have been closer if the shots were made…

“We did talk in a couple of the timeouts that we felt like we were letting some opportunities really slip away, and you know our program really, really well. The other day, Sunday, at Coach Cal’s clinic that these guys demonstrated for, gave me ten out of ten three point shots and right there Cal and his assistants, and I’m over there putting my hands on my head saying you just messed up a great opportunity to come in as a stealth and then make some shots. I knew they were well aware of the kind of shooter that Gabe (McFarland) is and that obviously Spencer (McKinney) is as well. They prepared, to their credit, they prepared for this game as they will for IUP or Duke or the other ones that are going after that. When they have young guys and an opportunity to be able to prepare for the regular season, I just told our guys that our job is to come down here and play an exhibition game where Kentucky can go back and watch the tape and can look at some things, and out job is to help them get better. I think we were able to do that today.”

On what he hopes Luke Schroeder can learn from this experience…

“I knew Luke might have a tough time initially because he hasn’t gone, he’s been to the United States, he hasn’t been able to really go against anybody his size or bigger. He’s going to be a tremendous player for us. When he came down the elevator at Bluegrass field, I know you know what elevator I’m talking about, escalator, I knew he was 6-9 but sometimes when foreign players come over you’re just hoping they’re not going to be 6-4 as they come down. He’s just been a blessing. We stayed out there for My Old Kentucky home and I was explaining to him what each of the things were about. I was just really proud of the way that he did it cause at our league and our level all the sudden he’s going to be one of the bigger guys in our league. He’s not going to have to worry about 6-11 guys that are grown men as one of the UK players said the other day.”

Transylvania Student-Athletes

#10, Michael Jefferson, G

On reversed layups…

“I’m used to playing bigger guys. I’ve always been the smaller guy out there. I just used my left hand and used my body really well.”

On getting to the rim…

“Well, the plan was to get in there and kick it out because of the shot blockers they have. I just saw an opening and used my body really well on the left-hand side.” 

#21, Cooper Theobald, G

On the experience gained from playing Kentucky…

It can’t hurt; we’re playing great competition out there. It is just going to propel our program and just take us over the step. We found some weaknesses within ourselves; we saw some things we could improve on for sure. We’re going to take that and put that in our practices and just get better from here.”

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