Here is what Kentucky freshman center Bam Adebayo had to say after Tuesday’s 82-80 loss to Tennessee where he had 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field and foul line.
On how much of an emphasis there was in the second half to get him the ball … “It was real big. You know, we just wanted to win but we came up short. So it didn’t really matter.”
On what went wrong tonight … “Just discipline. We weren’t disciplined enough. We broke down a lot. We didn’t talk. We missed some shots we should have made.”
On whether the looming Kansas game had an effect tonight … “Coach tells us to take the game game by game, so that’s no excuse about Kansas. We just slipped up, let this one get away from us.”
On what Tennessee did well … “They’re a good team. They’re going to play how they play. They played aggressive, they played hard and it showed.”
On explaining the loss … “Lack of discipline, breaking down on defense. We missed some shots and it was ballgame.”
On whether Calipari had a special message after last year’s team also lost at Tennessee … “No. He talked about them losing last year, but we weren’t trying to listen and it cost us the game because we felt like we were a better team than them and came up short.”