UK-CU: Tubby Smith Quotes

Press conference quotes from Tubby Smith....

I've got to compliment Campbell. I thought, in the second half, they didn't stop playing. They didn't give up. I think our players thought the game ended at half time. They really came out and made some shots and did some good things. We started to turn the ball over because Campbell got a little more aggressive. They showed a lot of pride and a lot of heart, which players are going to do."

"I did like the way we passed the ball. I thought we tried to make better passes tonight. We're looking for one another. Twenty-seven out of 33 field goals came off of assists, so I was glad to see that. We shot the ball very well in the first half but shot it very poorly in the second half. That's a problem, especially from the free throw line."

"Now we've got to focus on getting ready for South Carolina and the tough SEC. Chuck (Hayes) did his usual yeoman's job of working the boards and Randolph (Morris) had a great game. I thought he played extremely well. He had a size advantage and we took advantage of it inside."

On the second half…

"It was a 34-point game and we won by 32. The lack of focus and concentration showed up in free throws, missed easy baskets inside, layups – guys trying to avoid contact. Mentally, you're not concentrating when that starts to happen. You talk about it, try to preach to them at halftime about respecting your opponents. That's what is disappointing. You have to respect the game and play the game the right way. It's the sign of a team that hasn't grown up all the way yet."

On leaders stepping up …

"Our leadership needs to step up. Chuck (and) Josh – those guys who have been through the wars – have to step up and understand. You shut up and you get ready for the game. It's as simple as that. We need that."

On shooting …

"I don't think we've shot well all year. You can't shoot well when you're missing layups and second shots. That's been our problem all year. We need to be more aggressive and physical inside. That's why we're shooting 43 or 44 percent as a team."

On his 200th win at Kentucky …

"You've been in the business 29, 30, 31 years as a coach – you compete. It's all about preparation. It's all about your passion for the game and love of the game every time you go out for practice. That's what I enjoy. Games are the by-product of all of the things you do in practice. When they don't materialize, it's frustrating, whether it's your 200th win or your first win."

"It's good to get the win. I'm grateful for the people here at Kentucky, the fans, the administration and the great players I've had the chance to work with here, that's the special part about it."


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