UNC-UK: Tubby Smith Quotes

Kentucky head coach addresses the media following the game...

"We did a good job after halftime. Gerald got hot and made some jump shots. I was really pleased with Ravi Moss. The effort he gave and Bernard Cote – two guys that don't play a lot. Ravi, a walk-on, has great heart and great hustle. He gave us exactly what we needed – some energy and enthusiasm. I was really looking for that. Bernard came in and played relaxed and did what we asked him to do.

"It was a defensive struggle most of the game. I know we didn't shoot the ball well and Roy Williams would like to see his team shoot better, but I have as much respect for Roy Williams and North Carolina's program, as any program in the country. They do a great job."

On Gerald Fitch's play in the second half…
"He took a couple of questionable shots in the first half, but he has a big heart and wants to do more. Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself by setting better screens for others people. That was a big-time three after they had knocked down a three at the other end. We were happy to see him make that three and give us a little cushion at the end."

On Eric Daniels' play…
"We felt like we could post him up on the inside. Erik is a smart player inside and pretty crafty. Bernard was doing a good job of finding him open inside. His willingness to pass the ball was really beneficial. Sean May was caught wrong-side a couple of times and we were able to get the ball to him."

On Kentucky's senior leadership…
"You expect your seniors to step up and make big plays. I'm glad they showed the toughness to get it done at the end."


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