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De’Aaron Fox: “They killed us on the boards.”

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Here is what De’Aaron Fox, who led UK with 19 points despite being out all week with the flu, had to say after Kentucky’s 22-point loss at Florida Saturday night.

 

On what happened tonight …
“We just came out and they played a better basketball game than us. They won.”

On how he felt tonight …
“It was kind of difficult. Legs kind of weren’t under me, but people play through sicknesses and I’m back now. So I’m not going to make any excuse.”

On what Florida did well defensively …
“They packed the lane and sometimes not even defense, just the fact that they were scoring. We weren’t getting stops and we couldn’t get breaks. And sometimes your best defense is your offense and that’s what theirs was today.”

On what Florida senior guard Kasey Hill did well …
“Ah man, he made shots. He got in the lane. One of the quickest guards in the country. He makes tough layups and today he just—he made his free throws when he got to the line. He was making jumpers and when he’s making jumpers it’s extremely hard to stop him.”

On whether UK has other players who aren’t healthy …
“I don’t know. If there are, then they haven’t said anything.”

On why they aren’t playing as well as they were recently …
“No, sometimes you’re just playing better teams and they came out and played. They jumped on us from the start and they never looked back today.”

On rebounding …
“We were missing a lot of shots and they were grabbing rebounds. And we couldn’t grab rebounds because they weren’t missing. They beat us—they killed us on the boards today and that’s probably why they won the game, mainly.”

On defensive struggles …
“Sometimes it’s just mental breakdowns with the zone. You can’t really play zone—if one person breaks down, then it breaks the zone. They started making 3s, so we just came back out and it was tough. It was tough to defend them today.”

On what it will take to get things back on track …
“Just practice and time. We’re young, but that’s not an excuse anymore. We’ve been playing college basketball for too long now. Everybody has those—I guess those everybody going downhill. Everybody has those slumps. Just trying to get over ours.”

On what Cal said postgame …
“It was short. Kind of what he told us after the Tennessee game. They just came out, they played. We didn’t make the plays, except that game was closer than this one.”

On whether SEC road games are tougher than he expected …
“Not necessarily. Not for me personally. I know everyone’s going to be against you, but for me, I like that stuff. But sometimes when the other team’s getting that energy from the crowd, it’s hard to stop when they start making shots. It’s hard to come back from things like that.”

On whether Malik Monk just had one of those nights where shots don’t fall or Florida did something to slow him down …
“Nah, it’s not too many things you can do to Malik to hold him down. Sometimes you just have those nights.”

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