Jarrod Polson, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel Post-Auburn Interviews

Kentucky Men’s Basketball
Kentucky vs. Auburn
Postgame Quotes
Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.
Feb. 9, 2013

Kentucky Student-Athletes

#15, Willie Cauley-Stein, F

On how physical the game was …
“I think we handled it really well. Coach Cal is good that way. Every game we play is going to be tough like that. (Coach Cal) keeps on saying that last year that is what they tried to do, and it didn’t work. This year has got to be the same way, can’t let it get to you.”

On him being prepared for Alex’s Poythress behind the back pass…
“I was not ready for that. I thought he was losing the ball. I came around and I thought he muffed it, I was like ‘oh no’. It was a sharp pass. It was a beautiful pass though, ”

On his and Jarrod Polson’s energy in the game…
“It kind of fell into our laps like that. It starts in practice. Kyle (Wiltjer) does it a lot in practice. He is always the ‘hype man’. When you’re feeling down, he is going to get in your face and be like ‘Come on man, Come on man!’ When you’re on the bench it’s like that. Jarrod and I will be sitting there talking to each other like, ‘When we get in this game, we have to be the hype man, we have to get in there and give everybody energy and pump people up’.”

#3 Nerlens Noel, F

On the physical play of Auburn…
“We have gotten used to it, and we use it to our advantage. We are not a team that’s going to back down.”

On how Kentucky used Auburn’s physical play to UK’s advantage…
“Use it to wear them out if they want to use that much energy and being so physical besides playing basketball. We played smart.”

On playing for first place in the SEC Tuesday night at Florida…
“That’s not our focus right now. Our focus is on continuing to get better and making sure we stay focused on being able to do what we need to do.”

On what Auburn did to frustrate him defensively…
“They were just trying to keep me away from the basket by putting the man I was guarding on the perimeter.”

#5, Jarrod Polson, G

On Coach Calipari saying he brought energy to the game …
“He has been telling me to bring energy to the games. I have been trying to guard Ryan (Harrow) with that energy in practice and that has helped me out. I really just try to bring energy. That’s what (Coach Calipari) wanted from me.”

On his production going up …
“I feel more comfortable with the more minutes I get. I don’t really have any pressure. I just have to go out there and defend and just bring as much energy as I can. It’s pretty fun. ”

On the physical play …
“It was really physical. We knew they were going to try and be physical with us. We just had to try and fight back. There were a bunch of fouls each way. We just had to be tough. We have been working on getting tougher, so this was definitely a good test for us.”