After Kentucky’s win over Tennessee State UK players spoke to the media

Reid Travis

Keldon Johnson

EJ Montgomery

Quotes 

From UK Athletics

UK Student-Athletes

#3, Keldon Johnson, Freshman, Guard

On his career night …

“It felt pretty good. The main thing is we got the win. That made it even better.”

On what part of his game got him going …

“Honestly, getting to the free throw line. That really got me going. Just staying aggressive, and it paid off.”

On Coach Calipari getting on the team’s defensive play …

“I mean he was pretty annoyed, as he should be. It’s unacceptable. If we want to be a team like we want to be, we can’t be having defensive lapses like that.”

On being a vocal leader on the defensive end …

“The main thing is just holding ourselves accountable on the defensive end, whether it’s the offensive end or defense, it’s holding ourselves accountable. Just letting us know it’s not ok to get beat and give up easy buckets.”

On getting to the rim …

“I was just staying aggressive, just kept attacking and eventually it just opened up. They opened up by the end of the game, and I was getting easy buckets.”

22, Reid Travis, Graduate Student, Forward

On the defensive play…

“We’re all disappointed as far as keeping guys in front of us, moving our feet, blocking shots. There’s just a lot of opportunities were seeing on film and a lot of things that we want to do the right thing and putting in a lot of effort to do the right thing, then we get in a game and a lot of the work were putting in just isn’t showing as much as it should right now and that’s the frustrating part. We’re putting in the hours and we’re doing it in practice, then we get to the game and there’s lapses so it’s frustrating but it’s not something we can’t work through. It’s going to be nice to have another game on film to really look at where we are messing up and going in and trying to get better.”

On adjusting to the play …

“The expectation is raised. In high school, maybe you can trade baskets and maybe you had more talent than the other guy so you end up outscoring them by the end of the game, but in college you can’t trade baskets. If the team’s defending you, then they’re stopping you from scoring and then you’re just letting them score at the other end. That’s when games become toss-ups and games are closer than they should when you play certain teams. For us, it’s not expected to out-talent and outscore teams but just really defending teams.”

 

On Tennessee State’s three-point shooting…

“It was something we were expecting – for them to throw up a lot of threes – but at the end of the day that was something that was a point of emphasis for us. All we can practice was taking away the three and forcing them to drive so now I think the next step in the progression of our defense is if we’re going to take away the three, you can close out, make them put it on the floor, but also move our feet and stay in front and contest shots at the rim. We made improvements, but we can’t take a step back in other parts of our defense ”

#23, EJ Montgomery, Freshman, Forward

On how comfortable he is being the shot blocker for this team …

“I’m getting pretty comfortable, that’s what Cal wants me to do and I’ve been working on it everyday in practice.”

On how frustrated Coach Calipari is with the defense …

“Yeah, I think he’s pretty frustrated. We work on it everyday in practice and sometimes we come out flat. However, we’re going to keep working and get better.”

On Keldon Johnson’s career night …

“I see that everyday out of Keldon, I knew that his day was coming. He’s a dog, that’s what he does—scores the basketball.”

On giving back to the community on Thanksgiving …

“It was a great experience going out there with the team and giving back to the less fortunate. It was a great experience for us and we had a lot of fun.”

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