Kevin Stallings Postgame Quotes

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings

Opening Comments:

“If you didn’t care who won, it was a great college basketball game. I’m disappointed to have lost. I told my son on the way here that it’d be nice to have some magic at Memorial. When that ball went to Kedren [Johnson], that’s what flashed through my mind. Kentucky just made a couple more plays than we did. I thought we played competitively and guarded well, at least in the second half.”

On a 24-Second Violation Not Being Called Against Kentucky:

“[The officials] said it wasn’t reviewable. The officials got together and said it wasn’t reviewable. I don’t want to spin this press conference talking about a call. Judging by my reaction, you could tell what I thought. Those are three of the best [officials] in the country and they refereed a great game.”

On What Coach Stallings Told the Team After the Game:

“I told our team that I wouldn’t be any prouder of them if that shot went in. We got down, fought back, and had a chance to win. It wasn’t a lack of effort.”

On Vanderbilt’s Zone Defense:

“I thought if we started making shots, we’d get back into the game. I thought the quality of our shots was really good. Our staff wanted to go to the zone earlier than we did, but I wanted to wait as long as I could.”

On Vanderbilt’s Confidence:

“Our players played really hard. I’m not sure there was a lot of growing up [needed] in order to play hard. I thought the stretch that lost it for us was where we missed an open three, missed an ill-advised shot, turned it over, and then turned it over again. That was where [Kentucky] jumped out to a lead and got up by like five. That was the key stretch. We shot ourselves in the foot a bit.”

On Vanderbilt’s Final Play:

“Kedren [Johnson] was an option… [Kentucky] did a good job of figuring out what the first option was… That’s a play I’ve kept in my pocket until a situation like that.”

On Vanderbilt’s Run:

“We started making shots. We kept getting shots.”

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  • kyone45

    He needs to fix the clock to show tenths of seconds not just seconds. It went from 1 to 0, instead of 0.9. The buzzer did not go off and the light did not come on since it was not 0.0.

    • Joey Schmidt

      I said the same thing. I can’t believe the commentators and ESPN guys couldn’t figure that out. The shot clock went to “0” with 18.3 seconds left on the game clock, but it was actually at “0.9”. The shot left his hand 17.8 left on the game clock and the shot clock really hit “0.0 with 17.4 on the game clock.

      • ukjb

        i think the single digit shot clocks dont do 10ths of seconds… i could be wrong. but vandy doesnt have a backboard light… so when it says 0, it’s zero, and when it says 1 it’s anywhere between 0.1 and 1.0… When they first start the shot clock it doesn’t instantly turn to 24… again i could be wrong. but i think he was late. do i think we should have lost the game? hell no, they fouled noel hard several times with no calls and called stupid touch fouls on our guys in the post on routine inside outside passing. i think it was karma