After Kentucky’s win over UNC Greensboro players; Reid Travis, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro spoke to the media.

Reid Travis 

Keldon Johnson 

Tyler Herro


Quotes from UK Athletics 

UK Student-Athletes

#3, Keldon Johnson, Fr., G  

On fighting to win the second half …

“That’s what it’s all about. We had to come back and fight in the second half. They weren’t going to back down and we weren’t going to back down. We just had to keep fighting.”

On how good the second half felt …

“It felt pretty good. I know we sat down in the second half and guarded. We did what we were supposed to do in the second half, we played, we fought and beat a good team today.”

On Ashton (Hagans) and the team’s defense…

“He stepped it up, and we were all just behind him. If Francis (Alonso) happened to beat him off the dribble, we were right there to help him out, try to make sure he could get back in front of him and guard him to best of his ability.”

#22, Reid Travis, Gr., F

On his first double-double as a Wildcat …

“It feels good, it feels good. I had a good week of prep getting ready for the game. I thought I was put in some good positions by my teammates and was able to stay on the board. It was a combination of all those things working out so, I’m happy with that.”   

On if this was the toughest game since Duke …

“Yeah, for sure, and we knew that coming in. Coaches preached all week that this team was going to test us. They have veterans, they run good stuff on offense, the 1-2-2 press that they run is something that we hadn’t seen before. We knew it was going to be a challenge and it was going be a good game. I’m just happy with the outcome and the way we fought through in the second half.”  

On the difference defensively in this game compared to previous ones…

“We just matured.  That’s something that I’ve said every week; the more games we get to play, the more film we get to watch, the more we can go back on the practice court and just work on things we’re not doing as well. I really feel like we’re starting to piece together some more things like moving out feet, staying in front of guys, our rotations are a lot better. The more games we can play, get on film and learn from, just means the more games we can have like this one.” 

On this game having an early “March Madness” feel…

“That was hype. I loved it! When the noise was going, the atmosphere, when we were really trying to lock down on the defense, the fans really helped us with that and gave us a lot of energy. To have a game this early in the season when there’s that much energy in the building we loved it. I think we just really fed off that and I think that’s when you saw those big spurts and runs that we had in the second half.” 

On what changed defensively by giving up only six points in the last 13 minutes…

“I would say it was just consistency. There wasn’t any big system type of deals that we were switching up towards the end of the game except for the fact that we were sticking with what we were doing. We were chasing out trying to make their best scorers and shooters take tougher looks. We know they got hot early on and we were a little disappointed about that, but the biggest thing was just staying to them. We knew their legs were going to get tired. So, we just kept running, kept following off those screens and it just came together towards the end.” 

On Hagans defense…

“It’s big time. He just disrupts the offense. The best way to put it is that he has an unorthodox way of how he does defense, but it’s the perfect way for our system. He gets people in uncomfortable positions and makes them run a play they maybe didn’t want to play, just because he’s making that point guard work so much. To have him in the game flying around, making plays like that he does a lot of things that don’t appear on the stat sheet, but we know the way that he affects the game as far as making runs when he’s in there.”

#14, Tyler Herro, Fr., G

On Kentucky’s second-half performance…

“In the second half we came out, and we were able to fight as a team. We played with a lot more intensity. They came out making a lot of shots so we had to make some defensive adjustments coming into the second half.”

On Hagans defense….

“I think it’s no secret that he’s one of the best defenders. Coach always says that Hagans can come in and change the energy of the game because of what he brings defensively. He’s been playing really good offensively as well. He is able to control and be a leader on the court.

On Johnson’s back-to-back dunks…

“When I skipped it to him I thought he was going to shoot the 3s. Then he took the one dribble that opened the lane up, so I knew he was going to hammer it hard. When he makes plays like that, not only for our team, but the crowd got into it a lot more as well.”

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