Mizzou 79, No. 11 Kentucky 84

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Feb. 1, 2014

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Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith

Opening Statement...
Obviously Kentucky deserves a lot of credit - they played well. I thought our guys competed for 40 minutes and obviously they made more plays than we did to win the game."

On falling behind by 16 early in the second half...
"Not having Earnest (Ross) and J3 (Jonathan Williams III) on the court hurt our flow offensively in the first half and I did not want those guys to pick up their third foul the way the game was going."

On Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown's performance...
"They are great players and I do not think Jabari gets credit for how great of a player he is. I think both of those guys are terrific players and they left it out there on the court; they gave it everything they had."

On Jabari Brown's emergence as top player...
"It is his maturity and mental approach to the game. He is a very mature player, has a high basketball IQ and he is driven."

On Freshman Guard Wes Clark's performance ...
"I thought Wes was great; he gave us a great spark, he got his hands on a lot of balls and he played with great toughness. In a game like this you have play with great toughness and I thought he did."

On the play of the Kentucky Wildcats...
"They were determined, they played hard and they competed. They were on their game."

On his technical foul early in the game...
"I thought the game was pretty physical early on and we needed to continue to do what we do."

On what his players learned from this game...
"I am encouraged by how hard we played, I thought we competed and played hard for forty minutes and if you do that consistently you are going to win your share of games. I am proud of how hard we competed."

Junior guard, Jabari Brown

On his performance today against Kentucky...
"I think I played pretty well, but that last play I did not get the stop and he scored a bucket so that is tough. It's kind of killing me right now."

On his big dunk and how it impacted the game...
"I just felt like it was a momentum flip but I know they are a good team and I knew they weren't going to let that rattle them. I know we were going to keep having to get stops, and unfortunately we didn't get enough of them today."

On his four point play towards the end of the game...
"It was drawn up for me to come off the screen. I just happened to get pushed out beyond the arc. Coach (Haith) drew that one up."

On himself and Jordan Clarkson taking over for the team down the stretch...
"I was just trying to win the game. We were in a position to make plays. It was not in my mind to take over, but I was just trying to win and whatever it takes to win I am going to try and do it. I feel like Jordan (Clarkson) is feeling the same way right now."

Junior guard, Jordan Clarkson

On the team's rally late and making the game interesting...
"We just kept playing hard, and stayed focused on what we were doing. We got some stops, some lay ups and just played hard. We are a talented team and we were not going to let them just blow us out."

On his shot at the end of the game...
"It was just a tough shot. I probably should have kicked it out, but I was just trying to get to the rim as fast as I could and get to the bucket quickly."

On losing Kentucky's James Young at particular moments on defense...
"No, I don't think so. He just made some shots. He may have got a couple of threes when we were not paying attention, but I feel like we got to him and got our hands in his face. He was moving and doing what he does best, which was making shots and finding open spots."

Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari Quotes

On his team being focused from the start of the game...
"You can't emphasize everything with these guys. We talked to them about passion and intensity. I love the fight from this team. I love the emotion and enthusiasm they played with today. How about our transition defense against Missouri? How about the break down on the last play, and chasing their best shooter outside the three-point line? Frank (Haith) is doing a great job with his team. He's doing it with mainly two or three guys, and those players are as good as anybody in our league."

On his team playing zone defense most of the game...
"No, we started out wanting to play zone after every free throw then we went zone twice and they scored twice. When I went back to it (zone defense) again, they responded and scored again. This is a long team, and a good zone team if they play scrappy. We also have to rebound better."

On shaking the team's game plan up from previous games...
"We played without Willie Cauley-Stein most of the afternoon, and that's hard on us. Marcus Lee played great. Andrew Harrison did a great job running the team, and had a great feel for the game. When you talk coming into this building where they just don't lose and we had seven turnovers, while also playing five freshmen out there most of the game. There were times when it looked like we had truly five freshmen out there. We kept telling them not to drive right and they didn't listen."

Kentucky Players Post Game Quotes

Freshman guard/forward James Young

On Missouri's comeback attempt in the second half...
"They got back in it real quick. They got a lot of open shots, a lot of 3-point shots in the last minute or so - that's what kept them in the game."

On rebounding from the loss to LSU...
"Any win is a big win. We can't take anybody for granted, but we knew after the LSU game that we had to come back strong, and we had to come back more prepared and focused. That's what we had to do."

On relying on offense to win...
"The offense was clicking for the whole game. We knew defense was a big part of it, but we haven't really stepped it up. But it doesn't matter how we win games, as long as we win the game."

Freshman forward Julius Randle

On Kentucky's mindset...
"I came in and knew I had to play better. I think everybody just came in with better focus (than in the loss to LSU), came ready for the game."

On Kentucky's ability to hold off Mizzou in the second half...
"It's pretty big, especially in this building. I think Coach (Calipari) had told us that they had like three losses since the new coach got here, so pretty big time. It's a tough environment to play in. We made some errors down the stretch, but we kept fighting and we were able to hold them off."

On the play of Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown...
"Our coaches told us they were good scorers, but I didn't think they were going to go off like that. They got a nice run in, strong dribble, and that's what they did."

Freshman guard Aaron Harrison

On the game-sealing layup in the final minute...
"I went baseline, so if you go baseline you really either have to hit the man in the corner or you have to score. So I just shot to finish."

On UK's balanced offensive effort...
"We just came out and shared the ball. It was fun, actually. Coach just said to have fun, and when we play together we have a lot more fun."

On the mindset of playing against Missouri's guards...
"Coach talked a lot about the guards. We knew they take a majority of the shots. We just played together as a group."


 

 

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