Here’s what junior Marcus Lee had to say after Kentucky lost to Vanderbilt Saturday.
On what Coach John Calipari was most frustrated with after the game … “Bigs not contributing. That’s something where we can’t be in and out of games like that. We can’t have foul trouble, we can’t totally zone out the first half, and that’s something we did today. For us to be successful, we have to be on point big-wise the whole game.”
On why today was a day it wasn’t happening … “I mean, honestly I have no idea why it wasn’t. But we honestly shouldn’t have it – especially for me and Alex. We’re vets, so it falls on our shoulders to set an example and to lead like that, and we weren’t there today.”
On how to mentally approach fixing the bigs’ issues going forward … “We’ve been working on it a lot, trying to set a basis as bigs. Coming up to this game, we’ve been doing really well as bigs, battling and working really hard. We’ve been really focused, and today just wasn’t – I honestly couldn’t tell you. Today just wasn’t our day as bigs and we have to figure out as quick as possible and not let this be another setback.”
On how much the team missed Derek Willis today … “I mean he was there, but Derek is a crucial part of our team. He brings something that a lot of our bigs can’t. He spreads out that court wide, especially for Tyler and all of our guards to get in the middle, and he helps everything out. We’re hoping he gets back soon and then we can start rolling again.”
On how Jamal Murray’s play can help keep them in games they shouldn’t be in when the bigs struggle … “Even though – I’m going to say it, us as bigs played terrible in the first half. Jamal being Jamal put us in a great position at halftime. There’s just some things that happened at the half after that that just took a turn for the worst.”