Afterward UofL coach Rick Pitino said that, "Swop is getting better and better and is the guy who has improved the most."
Currently Swopshire is fifth on the team in scoring (8.1 points per game) and second in rebounding (6.0 per game) and though he's struggled with his field goal shooing (37.8 percent) he's still making 84.3 percent (59 of 70) of his shots from the free-throw line.
ITV caught up with "Swop" after the Rutgers game.
Q: How have things changed for you since going to the bench?
Q: You don't mind not starting?
A: "Not at all. If that is what Coach asks for I know it's for the betterment of the team. So coming off the bench is fine with me, I'll still go out there and play my hardest."
Q: Did Coach talk to you about the move to bench?
A: "In practice he just tried a different lineup with TJ. That's what he went with and I think, really, it's for the betterment of the team. When I come in I'm giving it 110 percent. I keep telling TJ, ‘Just keep working hard doing your thing,' and I'm encouraging him when he's out there."
Q: Has it given you a different perspective?
A: "Definitely. Especially watching film, I get watch what TJ's doing so when I come in I'll know what to do when I get out there. It's definitely good from a observing standpoint."
Q: Coach said that you've really improved this season, do you feel like you've come a long way this year?
A: "Every day is just about improving, as a person, a basketball player, a student, every day."
Q: What part of your game are you most proud of?
A: "Just defensively, just trying to kind of be the general, just talking because I'm the back line. I have to let the point guards and the guards and wings, let them know what's going on as far as screens and pick and rolls and stuff like that. Defensively that's something I take pride in."
Q: Is that hard for you because you are a soft-spoken guy?
A: "Off the court I'm soft-spoken, but when I step onto the court it's all-out so I'm a different person."
Q: Your shot seemed to be falling today (he was 5-for-7 from the field against Rutgers), have you been taking extra practice?
A: "Just spending extra time in the gym, just trying to get that rhythm and that touch, just not rushing my shot really."
Q: Do you consider yourself a shooter?
A: "I think I'm a shooter. I think anybody can be considered a shooter, you just have to put that time in and have the right mechanics."
Q: What about the team's upcoming road trip to New York (St. John's on Thursday and Syracuse on Sunday)?
A: "It's big. We've got to get both of these wins. We've really got to focus in on practice and in film and just be prepared coming up."