This is Matt Jones reporting from Hubby’s computer on tonight’s 79-56 victory by the Cats over Mississippi Valley State. I will have more game reviews later (including by the newest Kentucky Sports Radio member), but for now here are some notes, and quotes I picked up….
This was Tubby SMith’s 500th game as a coach. Quite a milestone for the guy.
Ramel Bradley’s 21 points represents a career high. When I asked him about it after the game, he said he knew when he got it….”Its good to be part of the 20 club!”
Kentucky had 15 assists on its first 17 baskets
TUBBY SMITH QUOTES
“The first half we were focused and played well……but then in the second half….well it must have been the half time talk” (to laughter)
“I like the way Ramel ran the team…..when he’s talking, it gets the team going and it is contagious.”
“We wanted to experiment a lot with our defense and that may have been part of our issues….”
“I think we relaxed a bit because of our trip upcoming…..our mind was shifting.”
“I hope the trip can become a bit of an “us against the world” attitude.”
RAMEL BRADLEY QUOTES
Tubby reported during his post game comments that Ramel Bradley had graded out at the top of the team in both the exhibition games and the first regular season game. When asked if it surprised him, Ramel said, “yeah a little bit, with the turnovers and all, but I have been trying to do the little things on defense and I think that is what is picked up on that.
“I just want to focus on the start of the game….we didnt want to come out last time wiht the guys just standing around and not moving. So I tried to get excited, get people making screens, cutting to the basket and it worked.”
Ramel also told the group that he had been to Hawaii before but he was looking forward to playing like tonight….”if we do, we will have a lot of fun in the sun.”
“My dream trip is to go to Hawaii, practice two days, win three games, eat a lot and gain some weight.”
JOE CRAWFORD QUOTES
“IT was good to see the press work so well for us. WE were in the right spots and it was clicking.”
“When we go to MAui, we are ready to show the world that we are a contender and that we are a championship team. Its a chance for us to show what we are capable of. We got senior leadership and we are ready to show what we can do.”
“BOBBY PERRY QUOTES
“The chemistry and the camraderie with the guys right now….its great…..we couldnt ask for anything better.”
“Every game in Maui we will take one game at a time. But we are looking at Maui as a chance to measure ourselves against the best. We are looking to improve and have some fun.”
“We looked on the film and saw that the press might work and so we implemented it at the beginning.”
Randolph Morris Quotes
“Starting in a press gets the game going, gets the tempo going and also helps us on offense.”
“I think the biggest thing we got out of these two games is experience. We also got to know what we need to work on going into Maui.”
“I dont look at Maui as a chance to make a statement, but more to improve and go one game at a time to get better.”
“This is the first game that I have never had any fouls. It was a big thing for me. The reason is that I made an extra emphasis to be mindful and play smart and not get in foul trouble so I could stay out there.”
Those were the thoughts of the group. Very upbeat after the game…..I cant tell you how different they players are than after games last season. We will have more later, but for now, enjoy…..