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Cats talk about the matchup with Florida and their recent issues

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Let’s see what the Cats had to say about Florida ahead of today’s huge showdown [via UK Athletics]:

#3, Terrence Jones,

On if there is revenge in facing Florida …
“Of course. There always is anytime you lose, especially the way we lost in Florida and with it being so close and with us having the lead with such little time left. We were just two rebounds away from winning the game.”

On the key to a win Saturday …
“Rebounds. We let two offensive rebounds go in the earlier game with (Florida) that changed the whole game. That will be important.”

On if he is worried about the team’s confidence …
“I’m not really worried about people’s confidence at home. It seems like people … I really hope I don’t jinx us when I say this; but it seems like people really step up when we are at home.”

#12, Brandon Knight,

On how the team feels after the loss at Arkansas …
I am mad as an individual and I am pretty sure everyone else is pretty mad as well. But I know how I feel. Angry. Upset. Knowing that we should have won. It’s difficult to lose to teams that we are better than. Some people ask if we feel pressure, but I don’t think we should. We just feel like we have to work harder to play better. We have to continue to work at it and eventually things will come our way.”

On what he thinks is wrong with their play after watching the film …
“When you look at the films, you can see that guys are looking to someone else to make a play. You can kind of see that we are not as aggressive and confident as we should be. That’s not the type of team we are and it’s not the way we want to play. Not sure why that is, but it is. I think we just come out and we play. We haven’t been worrying about it, so why worry about it. We just have to try something different to pull out these wins.”

On playing with confidence …
I think we have to remember to let things go when they don’t go our way. I am not scared to miss a shot that are good looks. You are happy when you make it and you just have to do something different when you don’t. I think that’s the good thing about great players. I am not going to hold the ball or take a dribble and try to create something that’s not there. If I have an open shot, I’m going to shoot it. If it goes, it goes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. That’s why I work hard in the gym and put up a lot of shots, so that I have confidence in my shots.”

#34, DeAndre Liggins,

On his technical foul …
“Coach (John) Calipari told me to just leave the official alone, play ball and let him do all the talking to the officials. I just have to leave it up to the coach and let him deal with the officials.”

On the loss against Arkansas …
“That was a pretty tough loss. We are just trying to move on. We need to take care of our play and focus on the game tomorrow at home. Everybody has been positive because we all know what we have to do in order to get back on the right track. Me, personally, I am (angry). I play to win. I’m not selfish, but I play to win. I’m (angry). I just have to get it together and step my game up another notch.”

On the upcoming game against Florida …
“When (Florida) is on the road, they actually pull out a win. We don’t do that. We sometimes turn the ball over and we are not as aggressive as we should be down the stretch. But Florida, they make plays down the stretch and pull off close games back-to-back.”

Go Big Blue.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

13 Comments for Cats talk about the matchup with Florida and their recent issues



  1. Mike
    1:10 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Sounds like the players are saying exactly what Cal has been saying. However, there was little anger or emotion for us to see during the game. Talk is cheap…let’s see how they back it up today.



  2. Stickman
    1:29 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Why is “agner” in parentheses everytime it’s used in Liggins’ quote? For what word is it being substituted?



  3. The Fan
    1:41 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    2. He is probably saying pissed



  4. Maxwell
    1:52 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    My personal opinion is this time rides on Liggins shoulders. He brings the most energy and the most passion to this UK squad. Liggins is the guy that should be taking the last shot at the end of games. He has the swagger we need. If only we could get the refs to stop calling Technical fouls on him when he turns his head…



  5. Andy
    2:00 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins needs to calm down and stop becoming “Technical” Liggins. Play ball and play hard. The short bench is killing us. And they better be angry, or they will get some tough love from the BBN. Lamb was playing with such a high motor at the start of the season, during the last game, he had way too many mental lapses. Cmon man, step yo game up, I have heard him talk about always getting starter minutes, tho he comes off the bench, I think Cal needs to take his minutes away to get him to understand, if you dont play quality ball, you can sit your behind and give vargas company, while polson takes his spot.



  6. Big Chad
    2:02 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    This UK team is soft. Florida will beat their a$$ today. I love UK, but this team can’t finish, they’re too weak minded and don’t have that killer instinct.



  7. GoCats2010
    2:03 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    TJ is going off today. His mom is in town and today is her birthday. I expect Beast Terrence today



  8. Mr Schwump
    2:06 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Baby daddy needs a good game.



  9. swampbreath
    2:14 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    baby daddy needs to STFU and just play…



  10. Blueburg
    2:17 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    You know these are good kids, it’s hard not to feel bad for them but at the same time where is the assassin on this team? I really think Lamb could be that guy if he would grow up a little more. But they need to be upset. They need to get a chip on their shoulder over all these close road losses.



  11. BlueJ
    2:26 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    I wish our team would play as hard as St. Johns does. Watching this Vill. and St. Johns game, wow they really play hard on both ends of the floor.



  12. there's always THIS year
    2:30 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    i predict a sell out crowd



  13. drabe
    3:25 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky needs to bring out the black Keightley jerseys again…does any one else agree?