After pulling off an upset victory over Ole Miss, Alabama met with the media about their come-from-behind victory, what it means for the team’s NCAA Tournament resume moving forward, and (of course) the big rematch with your beloved Wildcats.
Tide head coach Avery Johnson got things going by discussing what the big comeback means to his team, why he doesn’t pay attention to player gossip, what he thinks of coaching one-and-done talent, and why his team needs to be prepared for a tough battle with Kentucky:
Unlike during the regular season where only select players are brought out, the entire locker room is available in the postseason, so the media was able to meet with several of Alabama’s best players.
For starters, Alabama forward Donta Hall discussed what he likes about Kentucky, the revenge factor that comes with the rematch, and why he’s confident in his group:
Guard John Petty responded to Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans’ comments, why he was so happy with his team’s toughness in the second half, and the keys to victory for the Crimson Tide against the Cats:
Guard Tevin Mack, who managed 22 points against Kentucky last time around, also discussed Hagans’ comments, what a win over UK would do to his team’s NCAA Tournament chances, and what he likes about his team:
Freshman guard Kira Lewis Jr. talked about Alabama’s last matchup with Kentucky and what’s different with both teams today: