By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshman Jamal Murray has never played at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Coliseum, but the unusual configuration with the team benches at the end of the court is not a big worry for Murray.
“We’ll roll with it. What happens, happens. We got great guards. Tyler (Ulis), he’ll get us organized on the other end of the court. But we’ll be fine. It’s a different court,” said Murray Friday. “It’s just another basketball (game) with nothing special about the court.”
Murray joked that not being able to hear coach John Calipari when he’s on the opposite end of the court won’t be a problem.
“We didn’t have him for a game (when he got ejected at South Carolina), so we kind of experienced that a little bit and came out on top,” Murray said. “I’ll hear it when I come back on defense. But like I said, on opposite ends of the court we have Tyler to make sure we’re organized and stuff when we can’t hear coach. No, we’ll be fine, we got a lot of weapons, and this team is empowered like Coach says. We can handle it on our own.”
Kentucky easily beat Vandy in Rupp Arena and Murray remembers the team had terrific practices leading up to the game.
“Everybody was on top of things and everybody read the scouting report and we were prepared for it. We just gotta do the same thing today and tomorrow,” he said Friday.
Murray knows Vanderbilt, which is coming off a win at Florida, will be different than the first game.
“First off, we’re going to their home, and a team that’s on a high right now. They have good momentum, positive vibes and stuff. We just have to go in there and keep our energy and our intensity up, and just focus on the win,” Murray said.
Kentucky’s last road game resulted in a controversial overtime loss at Texas A&M.
‘We just have to make sure we put teams away. Against (Texas) A&M, we had them, fluke plays and stuff like that. We can’t say. We’re just happy to have Alex back. Trying to get this team healthy and make sure we’re a healthy bunch going into March,” Murray said.