Lonzo Ball (Scott Chandler)

UCLA Hoops Players Antsy For Big Week Including Kentucky Matchup

Nov. 30 -- UCLA basketball players Lonzo Ball, Isaac Hamilton and Ike Anigbogu spoke to the media ahead of tonight's matchup against UC Riverside and also looked ahead to the looming battle against top-ranked Kentucky...

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LONZO BALL

On the significance of winning the Wooden Legacy tournament...

"It helps a lot. We still haven't lost a game and obviously it was our first time winning a championship. We got it done. You just take it and move on from there."

On fouling out of the Nebraska game...

"Obviously I'm going to be upset if I can't be on the floor and help my teammates, but I was confident in them and they got it done."

On what the team proved winning the tight games...

"It was definitely a good test for us. Being part of close games like that throughout the whole game, having to play defense and get those stops, it helps us going forward. You could say we passed."

On playing those tight games...

"No, it didn't feel any different. The game of basketball is the same for me if we're winning by 100 or losing by 10. We went out there and did what we were supposed to do. We've just got to move on."

On going up against Kentucky...

"It's another basketball game and regular season game. It's not going to make or break the season, but obviously you want to play against the best and right now they're the best, so it should be fun."

On if there is motivation facing Kentucky's freshmen guards...

"They are good friends of mine but I play against everybody the same. I'm going to go out there and give it my all. ... De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk were up in the McDonald's All-American Game and I know Fox from camps and I know Fox is fun so it's going to be good going up against him. And Malik's a good dude, too. I haven't talked to them recently but I assume we'll talk before the game."

On whether he has seen Kentucky play at all this season...

"No, I haven't. ... It should be fun. I've heard there are a lot of crazy fans up there. It's going to be packed, of course, so it's going to be fun getting up and down with them and hopefully we win."

On how significant a win would be...

"I mean, they are the top-ranked team, so obviously it's going to look good. But like I said before, it's just a regular season game. It's not going to make or break the year. It's pretty much going to show us where we're at."

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ISAAC HAMILTON

On winning with a variety of styles...

"The jury was still out about us but, still, with the different players we've got on our team and with Ike we can change up the lineups defensively and offensively. We do have a variety of ways to win."

On the difference between this year and last year...

"The ball moves. Last year it was kind of stagnant. We dribbled it up instead of advancing it but this year it makes it easier for everybody and everybody is getting their fair share of shots. It's fun playing that way."

On playing a contagious brand...

"When you know the ball is coming back your way, you're always going to look for a better shot. I think that's a difference from this year and last year. "

On playing Kentucky for the third year in a row...

"It's going to be a good test to see where we're at. But we've got a game Wednesday that we've got to focus on and then Kentucky on Saturday. We've just got to take it day by day. It's a process. I'm excited for both games."

On the terrible start to the Kentucky game two years ago...

"I kind of forgot about it. I don't really dwell too much on it. But I kind of deleted it from my memory bank."

On playing at Rupp Arena...

"We'll real excited. It's my last rodeo with these guys so I've got to kind of guide them. Away games can be a little hectic, but all we've got to do is focus on what we have to do. We'll get these guys prepared for the road. It's going to be a great test."

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IKE ANIGBOGU

On facing Kentucky in what will be his fourth game...

"We've got to take it one step at a time and focus on Riverside then we go to Kentucky. But of course we're all looking forward to that game. We're starting a rivalry game with them too so it's going to be good to go into their place and try to get a W."

On being at Pauley Pavilion last year when the two teams met...

"It was crazy when the crowd rushed the floor and everything. It was pretty intense. It's going to be a good game on Saturday."

On facing Nebraska and Texas A&M...

"I think it's good for me to get right into our best competition. That's sort of like a warm up to what we're going to see later in conference. I felt pretty good, actually, playing against them."

On the freshmen class...

"We're always together, so even when I needed help with plays and stuff like that I always knew I could go to any of them. They know all the material so they definitely both helped a lot.

On his fitness...

I feel definitely comfortable. I don't feel like I have any limitations physically. I don't think [I'm at playing shape] but I think I'm going to reach that point sooner than later."

On what he sees his role being...

"I just want to make a difference any way I can. If that's blocking shots, rebounding or finishing in the paint, so anything my coach wants me to do I'm gladly going to do it."

On his shoe size...

"Size 18. ... Sometimes our equipment guy has to put on a stretcher. I recently got up to 18 when I came here."


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