The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Arkansas Razorbacks Thursday February, 27 at 7pm. The Razorbacks previously beat the Wildcats January 14 in Fayetteville, 87-85 in overtime. As the Wildcats prepare to take on the Razorbacks for the second time this season, Orlando Antigua, Marcus Lee and Julius Randle gave some time to the media Pre-Arkansas, let’s see what they had to say.
On team having fun
It’s very important, especially towards the end of the year. You want them to have fun. They’ve been through the trials and tribulations of the season. They’ve put in a lot of hard work, and you want them to go out there and enjoy their rewards for working that hard.
On what UK needs to do this time that they failed to do against Arkansas
Rebound. I think we take care of the ball a little bit better. I think we had 17 turnovers that game, but we competed, played hard. Arkansas comes out and plays really hard. Coach Anderson does a great job of getting those guys to play the way they want to play, speeding up the game. I think we handled it pretty good. Just a couple of mistakes in closing out a game, and then obviously having to rebound and making a couple of free throws.
On if working together is what influenced Cal putting the LSU dog pile picture on the wall
Absolutely, absolutely. I think that’s part of what, as coaches, it’s what we want them to understand: That’s what it feels like. That’s what it’s supposed to be about.
On players slapping the floor
I think they know that they can ignite each other in that way. You see one does it, and the other one it leads to someone else doing it and clapping and getting engaged. For a staff, that’s fun. For the fans, it’s fun, because you know they’re out there competing. That’s what we’re asking them to do: to give us that kind of effort, that kind of focus. It gets them out of themselves and into each other. When you have that kind of passion and energy it sparks each other.