After Kentucky’s win over Utah players spoke to the media.

Keldon Johnson

Tyler Herro 

Immanuel Quickely 

Quotes from UK Athletics 

#14, Tyler Herro, Fr., G

On Coach Calipari’s message after his shot to end the first half … 

“He said it went in because I didn’t think about it. ‘You caught it and shot it and it and that’s why it went in.’”

On his mindset …

“Just trying to be perfect and make every shot, which isn’t going to happen, but the coaches told us to shoot away. Stop thinking about it, shoot it, and we’ll live with the results.”

On the number of made 3’s today … 

“Coach wants us shooting a lot of 3’s. He talked about it a few teams in our league shooting 3’s throughout the game. So, he just emphasized that we need to get up more 3’s to just focus on our space and moving the ball.”

#3, Keldon Johnson, Fr., G  

On getting in the zone today shooting the ball …

“Definitely, I’m shooting the ball with confidence.  My teammates just kept telling me to keep shooting, don’t think about it, and just let it go. After I hit the first shot, I knew it was going to be a good day.”

On if he woke up thinking today was going to be a good day …

“Definitely, I had some great practices this week. I just felt that it was time to transition all of the hard work that I’ve made in practice.”

On the thought of being the “go-to” guy in crunch time …

“Definitely, I’m not afraid to take a big shot or step up in big moments. If my team ever needs me to get a bucket or make a big stop on defense, I can be that man.”

On the team trying to be more of a “pass first” team …

“I think we all have had our past habits because everyone was the go-to man on their teams. It’s not necessarily them being selfish. It’s just habits that they’ve been used to in high school. We just emphasize in practice on making that pass ahead of time.”

On if he’s comfortable with the offense going through him …

“Definitely, I’m comfortable with the offense going through me. I know every night may not be my night. However, I think that I can make the right play and get my teammates involved.”

#5, Immanuel Quickley, Fr., G

On Jemarl Baker’s 3’s … 

“I work out with Jemarl a lot, so I already know what he can do. He’s been going hard in practice and hitting shots as well. He’s a great player and I hope he continues to make shots.” 


On the team’s growth …

“I think the team has come a very far way this season. I’m not sure what we held them to tonight, but I think its lower than we have for other teams in the past. We are talking more, the energy is better and overall the positivity is better as well. I think we have come a long way. Coach Cal stays on us a lot about defense. He knows how good we can be, the potential this team has and we’re just working every day on trying to get better.”


On the point guards’ development …
 

“Ashton Hagans and I are getting a lot more comfortable running the offense. When Ashton is in the game, he finds everybody and he just makes it easier on me. As far as me, I think I’ve always been a confident player. You miss some shots, but you can never get down because of that. So, I’m just looking for my opportunity to be aggressive at all times. A lot of times I’m guarding one of the best perimeter players. So you can’t cheat or take plays off.”

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