Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein answered questions after the game and Willie had some interesting things to say about the Cats’ lackluster play in the second half:
“The second half, they outworked us. Again, the emphasis over the past month was playing harder than the guy you’re up against. Today, I felt like at times, I let the kid play harder than me.“
Also, the team may have underestimated SEC play, especially after getting out to an early lead:
“You don’t kind of realize it, the SEC is not a joke. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, every night is going to be like that. … Just like that, we’re down by one.“
Was this the wakeup call this squad needed?