After Kentucky’s win over VMI players spoke the media.

PJ Washignton 

Quade Green

Ashton Hagans 

Quotes from UK Athletics 

UK Student-Athletes

#2, Ashton Hagans, FR, G

On if he’s ever had to go against a guy like Bubba Parham who shot the 3 as well…

“A couple times, but not just making it like that—he was just throwing it up and making everything. So, it was the game plan. They told us that he could come out and score like that, but we’ve just got to move onto the next game and try to work on that—not giving up that many 3-pointers. So, in practice we’ll just see what the game plan is for the next game.”

On his first half…

“It felt good. You know, I got a little steal, got the basket. So I just felt like I was going. Felt much better than I was in other games. I felt like I got my confidence back, just with the guys picking me up at practice just telling me I need to start shooting more, attacking more, you know, like I’m one of the guys that can help this team to another level. So, just hearing that from them, that just makes me want to go out on the court for my brothers and just get the win.”

On how comfortable he feels now as opposed to a few weeks ago…

“I feel way comfortable. You know, talking with (John) Calipari, talking with the staff, just telling me to play my game, attack, get everybody open, set up the offense, play up on defense, keep my man in front of me and just try to come out with a ‘W,’ like I said.”

On what defensive measures the team took to secure the win…

“Well, in the game plan we’ve seen that there was like a Princeton offense setup, so know all the backdoor cuts. So, we were just trying to work on that, get over their screens if we had to, twirl if we had to. So, it was just like going over the game plan, just talking. What we need to start working on more is just talking way more on the defensive side of the ball. We’re going to get it on the offensive side. But as we get better on defense, as practice goes on, that’s just what we need to work on the most is talking.”

#0, Quade Green, SO, G

On playing against a player that is on fire …

“I’m not sure, he was lighting us up tonight. He did a great job with what he was doing, I was trying to compete with him.”

On finding a way to win after a team hits 19 threes …

“We always got to find a way to win, anything is possible, really. I don’t care if they outrebounded us, or it being a close game, they came out on fire tonight because we’re Kentucky. However, we came back with some fire as well.”

On how much he has changed from last year to this year …

“Having more confidence, really. I know I’m a veteran guy now so I have to be more of a leader. This year, I’m way more confident.”

On Cal saying he’s the hardest working player …

I’m just competing, getting in the gym with my teammates. I had to change myself in order for my game to change.”

On Cal saying that this year will be a grind…

“It’s a process.  You can’t rush anything even though we have a good team. We play in a very good conference and everybody has to stay focused.”

#25, PJ Washington, SO, F

On having 18 rebounds…

“I thought I rebounded pretty well tonight. I tried to get in on the offensive end and tried to rebound every shot we missed. That was the game plan for us and I just tried to execute.”

On using other shots, besides 3’s, to their advantage…

“We knew the advantage was high, so we just tried to bring it in and give the ball to Reid (Travis) or even E.J. Montgomery and just tried to go in and get the ball up to get the rebound. We felt like we were a lot better and that’s what we did. They were making shots, so we just had to make stops.”

On attitude towards rebounding tonight…

“I just tried to go up and get it. I didn’t want the other team to get it, so I felt like I needed to get it and that’s what I did.”

On Reid (Travis) coming off the bench…

“I think Reid’s a team player. He doesn’t really care about that, he cares about winning. That’s pretty much all the guys here. We are all fans of each other and we are each other’s biggest fans.”

Bubba Parham and Coach Dave Earl

Quotes from UK Athletics 

VMI Coach Dan Earl Quotes 

Opening Statement … 

“Super proud of our team. I thought we competed throughout. Was really proud of them after the half. In the second half we only gave up, I want to say, only three offensive rebounds. We only had three turnovers. I thought our decision making was much better on the offensive end. It helps that (Bubba Parham) kind of went crazy and made a bunch of shots. So, he’s drawing a ton of attention. I thought we really sprayed the ball and got some open shots in the second half. Our guys fought and competed throughout. Very proud of our guys. Credit to Kentucky. Their size killed us, obviously, they were all over the offensive rebounds. I want to say they had 18. Another phenomenal stat they had was from the free throw line. I want to say they shot 83 percent from the free throw line. We fouled them a ton. Their size got hold of us and they were able to pull the game out. Obviously, Coach (John) Calipari does a tremendous job, and their guys pulled it out in the end. Credit to Kentucky.”

On what to do when the opposing team has a size advantage …

“It’s tough because they do have such a size advantage and they used it. They were smart. They threw the ball down low, scored some easy buckets, particularly in the second half, but pounded us on the board. I thought there was a couple 50-50 balls, if you will, in the first half where I was telling our guys if it hits our hands, I don’t know what to tell you, but we have to have them. Certainly, Coach Calipari is telling them the same thing, but if the ball is down in our reach, we’ve got to get after it. I thought we did a better job of that in the second half. Again, offensively, just to move the ball. Credit to (Bubba Parham) because he had the hot hand and certainly took some shots. Couple shots were like woah, woah, woah okay it went in. But he also sprayed the ball. Two guys got on him and he was able to pitch it. We were able to get a couple open shots for other guys because he drew so much attention, so I thought he played a great all-around game.”

VMI Student-Athletes

#3, Bubba Parham, SO, G

On how hot his shot was tonight…

“I saw a few go in early and my teammates kept finding me the ball in the right spots and I just kept knocking them down. I was in a groove and I am a rhythm shooter so once I hit a couple, see them go in, everything was good from there ”

On what it was like to have a big night in an arena like Rupp Arena…

“We all dream of playing in big arenas like this. I’m just blessed to be able to have the opportunity and my coach have the faith in me to shoot the ball and it’s a blessing.”

On his high-arching shot against Kentucky’s length…

“I’ve been shooting like that for a while now, some people call it a rainbow shot but I practice that each and every day so it’s my form now.”

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