Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

Gillispie’s post-game comments

From UKAthletics.com

On how the team bounced back after a rough start …

“I thought that we did a very nice job today. Vanderbilt came in and, as we expected, they played very good defense and were very hard to guard offensively and they have a counter to everything that you do. They made some shots at the start of the game that got us in a hole. We were able to start defending better as the game went on. When DeAndre (Liggins) started to get after them in the backcourt it was a nice play for us to extend our lead. We had some foul trouble with Patrick (Patterson) where he didn’t get to play much in the first half but I thought that we had about a 20 minute period there where we guarded them well and were able to get after them.”

On Ramon Harris play …

“He had a great game. You don’t ever expect a guy to be perfect but you expect him to make shots and play and defend. He did a good job of doing that today. We have to have some guys step up and make plays like he made and some guys did today. Michael (Porter) is playing great, Liggins played really well today and I thought Darius (Miller) would score some points and he played better. Josh (Harrellson), A.J. (Stewart) and Perry (Stevenson) have to get going. Ramon really gave us a big lift today.

On Jodie Meeks play …

“To play with the amount of energy that Jodie is expending over 40 minutes is almost impossible. He is trying to guard one of the better guards in the country in a fast break situation every single time and chasing guys all over the court and then not getting any easy opportunities offensively is tough. You have to have unbelievable energy.”

On Patrick Patterson’s play …

“I didn’t think that Patrick had one of his better games today. But they did a really good job of not letting him get too many touches and we didn’t do a good job of adjusting early. I thought we did a better job adjusting later on in the game and he played much better.”

On Kentucky losing its 20-point lead down the stretch …

“I think if you have a lead like we did and then you give it up, I would be ok with ending up with a 10 point win every time, not that we were intending to do that. Sometimes in those situations you think that all they are going to do is shoot 3-pointers and you don’t carry out your assignments like you should because you have to worry about fouling. In that situation fouling at the end is a cardinal sin. I think their comeback started when Jodie (Meeks) got beat on the back door and then he took a bad shot on the other end. He has to learn in that situation you have to stop momentum. We had a strong feeling that they were going to run a back door with his man coming out of the timeout and then we foul a 3-point shooter and before you know it, you have a game. Those are the types of situations that we haven’t been in too much but if we can get a big lead like that next time I think that we will perform better when it gets late. The good part about it was that some of our guys went to the foul line late and I don’t think we missed very many free throws in the final five minutes.”

Article written by Thomas Beisner