After the game, Willie Cauley-Stein and Jarrod Polson met with the media to share their thoughts on UK’s 71-62 win over Vanderbilt. Willie said that he thought today’s win was a sign that they’re coming together as a team after a week of good practice:
“I think we played really good as a team. That’s been one of the biggest things this year, the word is we’re not good as a team and we’ve got selfish guys, but the last couple days in practice, we’ve been getting closer basketball-wise as a team and in the game, it showed that we really do got each other’s back and we really do got good guys.”
When asked for specific signs that the Cats are playing as a team, Willie mentioned “hustle points,” something Cal’s keeping track:
“We’ve got these things called hustle points, and I think they were like both the hgih 50’s, and that’s really good. When they’re like low 30’s, we’re probably down at halftime or something or it’s a one-point game. But when it’s the high 50’s, that when you really start getting after it.”
The funniest part of the presser was when Jerry Tipton asked Jarrod if he came into the game for “defensive purposes, or hustle purposes, or not three point purposes” and Calipari interrupted:
Cal: “That is a pretty dumb question, but go ahead and answer it. That may be one of those, that’s a hall of fame question.”
Jerry: “They’re all hall of famers to me.”
After the laughter died down, Jarrod said that all of the players come in to hustle and play defense.
When the presser was over, Jerry muttered, “It was a good question” as Cal left.