College Basketball – UK vs Louisville Player Notes / Game Photos

Tyler Ulis was MVP of the game. (Click photo for dozens more in game photos)
Tyler Ulis was MVP of the game. (Click photo for dozens more in game photos)

Kentucky Men’s Basketball – UK-Louisville Player Quotes

Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky. – Dec. 26, 2015

 Kentucky players

 

 

 #3, Tyler Ulis, G

On the win …

“It was a great team performance and we came out with a lot of energy from the jump ball. As a team I feel like we played really hard and that’s what got us the win.”

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On his made deep 3 in the second half with the shot clock running out …

“The clock was running down. I had no choice but to shoot it. I shot it in rhythm and it went in.”
On Dominique Hawkins’ performance …
“Great performance with Zay (Briscoe) being out. He came in and hit two big free throws that probably put the game away for us.”
On UK’s veterans playing well …

“I realized late in the first half and early in the second that Alex had it going and that they could not guard him. Alex knew they couldn’t guard him. We kept going through him.”


#22, Alex Poythress, F

On the stretch where he had an assist and three straight layups …

“We just tried to have energy. We ended the first half with energy and so we tried to play that way in the second half.”

 

On playing tougher today …

“Every time we want to come out and make a statement. This is a big rivalry and we wanted to make a statement. We came out and wanted to compete.”

 

On UK’s veterans stepping up …

“This is the kind of game that veterans have. We have played Louisville before and the freshmen may not know how big of a game that it is. We had to step up and they will figure out that in big games you have to make plays.”

 

#25, Dominique Hawkins, G

On the game …

“It was a big game, I’m so glad I was able to get the opportunity to play in this game today. I’m blessed. This was a huge rivalry game and I know what it means to Kentucky folks so I think everyone is pretty happy today.”

 

On what made him play so well today …

“I had a good warmup plus this was a big game. I feel like I play better on bigger stages as well. I was also very confident today. Every shot I threw up I thought it was going to go in.”

 

On his thoughts after being told Briscoe wasn’t playing today …

“I was thinking that it is my shot and I would probably get a lot of playing time today, which I did. Briscoe would have been great for this game getting in the lane and getting open shots for people as well.”

 

On the atmosphere in Rupp Arena …

“It was insane. I think it was the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in to be honest. Definitely at Rupp.”