Randolph Morris knew he would have to adjust to a new level of play at Kentucky. What he didn't know was that he would also have to adjust to the officiating.
"I think basically where you have three referees, that almost nothing gets by.
They keep it tight and call it close. You can't change that, so you just have
to roll with the punches and learn what it takes to stay out of foul trouble,"
said the Kentucky freshman center. "I have to know when to foul, when to let
it go, when to contest a shot. It's been a learning experience. I am still
continuing to adjust and learn how to play based on what the officials want."
Morris said his coaches and teammates have done all they can to help him stay
out of foul trouble.
"Most of the fouls I've got, I did foul. I just have to play smarter," he
said. "The coaches tell me not to go for every block. That gets me in trouble.
I've had to learn when to just body an opponent instead of jumping up and
In the last five games, Morris has been in early foul trouble just once — at
Alabama. He says senior Chuck Hayes helps him daily.
"I have learned tons from him," Morris said. "He is the team's hardest worker
every day. Every day I learn from him, and I'm still learning. All basketball
is a learning experience and I am trying to absorb all I can from him. The
more I can learn from him, the better I get."
Morris wants the Cats to end their regular season with a win at Florida on
national TV Sunday. "This game means a lot. We want to end our season with as
few losses as possible. I'm really looking forward to it," Morris said.
Then what about next week's SEC Tournament, which will be played in his
hometown of Atlanta?
"I think it will be special for me because that's where I grew up, but you
still have to get the job done before you can celebrate. I can't get caught up
in the moment and not play well," he said.
VAUGHT: Morris says Florida game means a lot
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