Memorable Kentucky Player Quotes

After a nail-biting loss to Duke in the Champions Classic, Kentucky's Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress address the media in Atlanta.

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Noel on the loss against Duke...

"I think we learned a lot about ourselves tonight. To go up against a team like Duke, you got to bring it every possession.

"Tonight was part of the process. We will get back to work and really figure everything out."

Noel on attempting steals in the passing lane...

"There were a couple of times that I was successful and a couple of times that I wasn't. I tried to limit that in the second half.

"I just tried to play aggressive and keep the tempo up for my team. I tried to get the fast break going."

Poythress on being called "a beast"...

"Sometimes, yeah. I guess. I just try to make the right play whenever I'm out there."

Poythress on the game's physicality...

"The game was pretty physical. We just wanted to bang with them and try to go for every rebound hard. If someone else went to block a shot, the other person went to get the rebound.

"We just tried to play an all-around good game."

Noel on bouncing back...

"We missed a couple of opportunities, but we're a little younger. That's something that we're going to work on as the season goes on. But I thought that we did well."

For Kentucky, Nerlens Noel finished the night with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 steals while Alex Poythress added 20 points and 8 rebounds for the Wildcats.

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