After Kentucky’s win over Kansas Reid Travis, PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson spoke to the media.

Reid Travis 

PJ Washington 

Keldon Johnson 

Player quotes from UK Athletics 

PJ Washington

On what caused the difference in his pace …

“I just feel like the past three games, I came out aggressive from the get-go. So, that’s one of the biggest things I’ve been working on, just trying to keep moving on and keep playing 40 minutes like that. I think that’s the biggest thing for me.”

On his apparent good mood …

“I mean, we just beat three ranked teams in a row. I feel like our team is on the rise and I’m excited, and I’m just ready to go and play (Vanderbilt) now.”

On if the rest of the country is starting to respect this team a little more …

“They should. I mean, we’re winning right now. We’re on a roll, and we’re just trying to keep it going and just win all of our next games. We’re just going to come out and not underestimate anybody and focus on our game plan and try to play our game.”

On struggling through the first half …

“We didn’t make any shots. We couldn’t make anything: layups, floaters, threes, nothing. We knew that we would make shots in the second half. We just had to stop them from getting easy layups and fast-break points.

On how much he feels his game has improved from where it was a year ago …

“I’ve been working so hard in the gym every day. My shot, my body. I’m just working on getting my teammates involved a little bit more, and I feel like I’m more aggressive and more comfortable this year.

On the impact of Reid Travis’ performance in the first half …

“It was huge. He couldn’t be stopped down low, and we just tried to feed him the ball every time, and he was either getting fouled or making a basket. So, we just kept feeding him and he just kept giving us points.”

Keldon Johnson

On why they’ve been winning and playing well these last six games … 

“I feel like we are coming together as a team. Just having each other’s back and working hard every day is really paying off. A lot of it is defense, because if you don’t get back on defense, it’s easy buckets after easy buckets. So, I think that we have each other backs, and you can really see it out there because of all the defensive stops we get.”

On what’s been happening in these past six games that maybe wasn’t happening before …

“We are all on the same page. Everybody is buying in, and everyone knows their role and what coach expects from them. When we all buy in, good things happen.”

On where he think they are right now, being 10 weeks from the Final Four …

“I mean, we are in pretty good shape. We are just taking it game-by-game and day-by-day, trying to get better. I don’t think we are worried about the Final Four right now. We are worried about our next opponent.”

On the three straight wins over ranked teams …

“I mean, it’s good. But, I think we all know that we can do better. We have high expectations.”

On having three guys with double-doubles tonight …

“It’s very special that we can have three players a night – well, we have multiple players that can go out there and get double-doubles – but, we had three tonight, and it really shows that we were all hitting the glass and really focused.”

On how he thinks he handled the hype of this game …

“I think I handled it pretty well. I was locked in from the jump. I just did whatever I had to do for my team to win, and I hit open shots, played defense, and rebounded the ball. I think I handled it pretty well. I showed up for the big game today.”

Reid Travis

On how it felt in the post …

“It felt good. At the start of the game, had a few that didn’t go my way, kind of went in and out. But as far as the game went along, I felt like I was able to get a rhythm and kind of see how they were defending me, and just go up a little stronger. It was a good day as far as that.”

On if there is something that flips the switch …

“For me, I know it’s going to be a long game or it’s going to give a lot of opportunities to start the game to try and get a feel for how he’s going to guard. You never know if they’re going to double the post and how aggressive he’s going to be, so I think he was kind of walling up and giving me more looks. So, I rushed a few at the start and kind of missed those, but as the game settled in, I had to just kind of take my time and understand that they weren’t really trying to prowl us, so just go up stronger. I feel like that’s how I got in the groove of it.”

On him and PJ Washington being productive and how it helps …

“It helps a lot. Me and PJ (Washington) play really well a lot of the times, and it’s going to be a tough guard for teams as far as really just trying to guard us both, and then you have to double team, and then that’s when he made that great pass and I got the dunk. So, they kind of ran away from that, and then once they do that in the post, then you have to play one-on-one, which I feel like is really what helped us out in the game.”

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