Kentucky Players Post-Eastern Michigan Interviews

Ryan Harrow, Alex Poythress, and Julius Mays talk about the win over Eastern Michigan.


#12, Ryan Harrow, G

On why Alex Poythress improved so much tonight …
“He had a really good practice yesterday. He played hard and nobody had to tell him to do that. We told him to continue to play hard, no matter who we are playing.”

On whether it was a big deal he made four three-point baskets…
“I was just playing basketball. Coach told me if I am open to shoot it. We do a five minute shooting drill in practice and if you make 50 shots in the five minutes then you’ve got the green light. I’ve been making over 50 in the drill so he told me that if I get open, just shoot it.”

On what made him more confident shooting the ball …
“Just being confident and putting in the extra work. He works with Alex, Archie and I and those are the type of things we work on like shooting threes and coming off screens and shooting. We practice stuff we do in the games.”

On the 15-0 second-half start …
“I didn’t even notice. We just had a really good game today and we didn’t take any possessions off. It was a 40-minute game.

On reverting to the “Cool Ryan”…
“Yea when I did the behind-the-back dribble he took me out and said ‘If you want to be cool you can sit over here’ and I said ‘Okay, I’m not cool anymore’ so he put me back in the game. I was able to finish the game off so everything was good.”

#22, Alex Poythress, F

On his one on one sessions with Coach Calipari…
“It’s been tough. I’ve just been working out and trying to get better.”

On if his attitude changed between the first and second half…
“No. I was just trying to play hard. We were just trying to have fun and play hard out there.”

On how he felt about his performance against Louisville…
“I was a little upset, but we all have bad games. I just have to brush it off and get better the next game.”

On if there is more pressure on him than other guys…
“I feel like there is pressure on everybody. There’s just pressure being at Kentucky and you just have to learn to deal with it.”

#34, Julius Mays, G

On what it feels like to see shots start going in …
“I knew it was a matter of time. The only way a shooter can come out of a slump is to keep shooting. As long as I keep my confidence in myself and my teammates I’ll be fine. They want me to shoot more but when you’re missing you start to second guess yourself. To see the ball go in is a good feeling.”

On he thought of Alex Poythress tonight…
“He made some major strides. Coach has been spending a lot of extra time with him so we’ve all seen improvement. He has been working on the areas that need work and building his confidence back up. The slump that he was in was more mental than anything; he didn’t have confidence in himself. For him to come out tonight and play well both offensively and defensively was great, hopefully he can build on that.”

On how much better the team is at sustained defensive effort than a few weeks ago…
“We’ve made major improvements on defense, that’s what we’ve been focusing on in practice. We’re seeing our efforts in practice carry over into the games. I think we’ve made major strides and it’s showing on the court.”