“Really pleased with how we executed, especially the last seven minutes of the game, where I wasn’t worried about scoring, I was worried about getting better. It wasn’t an eight-point game where we’ve got to worry about finishing off a team. We’re going to be in many of those.
“Let me give credit to LSU. One, their big men can really shoot and they make it difficult in pick-and-rolls. So what we did was, for two reasons — I didn’t want Marquis (Teague) playing (Anthony) Hickey, because I didn’t want it to be a back-and-forth; I need this kid to just keep running my team, so I put Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) on (Hickey). The side benefit to that is you can switch on pick-and-rolls now, which we did a lot of.
–On what it does for UK when Terrence plays that way:
“It just takes a lot of pressure off all these young kids, and he needs to. He and Darius and Doron, this should be their team. Not the freshmen’s team. Last year, this team was DeAndre, Josh and Darius. This team should be their team. Whether they’re two sophomores and a senior doesn’t matter. The other kids are freshmen. You can’t expect them to carry the load, and at times we’ve been doing that.”
-On Anthony Davis’ composure during the game:
“That’s the kind of kid he is. He just wants to win. By getting up, he shows that he has the courage to do what he needs to do. Doesn’t do anything foolish. He didn’t do something; they did. Let them pay the price, so don’t come back and do something. That’s hard for a young kid.”
-On Darius being more agressive offensively:
“He should. And if he doesn’t shoot it, I take him out. How about that? Would you like to play for that guy? If you don’t shoot it, I’m taking you out. So we want him to shoot it. We want him to be aggressive. But I also want him to come up with loose balls. He had five loose-ball attempts and I told him at halftime, he didn’t even stick his nose in there.
– On UK’s Depth:
“We have seven guys that have shot over 100 balls, and we’ve still got a bunch of games left. They share the ball. I want them to feel comfortable shooting the ball and scoring, and they all do. So if someone has it going, we’ll go to him. We’re unselfish. We’re a team that can play fast, and historically my teams can grind it out. We can play that way. I don’t enjoy coaching that way, but I want to win.
“This team, we can post it now with Terrence. We can shoot the three. We can drive the ball. It was a good game. Again, the fans here should understand: That’s as good as we can play. We beat anybody playing this way.”
On, On, U of K