Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky
Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium
January 14, 2003
Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
"Obviously, we are very disappointed with our second
half performance. Obviously, Kentucky played a great game.
Based on the film, I would say they have played as well as
they have all season long. They just hit us with a big, hard
punch, and we didn't respond to it. We are disappointed that
we didn't have a better answer to their toughness, pressure
"That's the type of defense we play against every day.
It's very disappointing for us to not have a better response
to their pressure and their defensive play."
"This was a game that has to be played with reason over
emotion. In the first half, we were playing on a high and
"They turned up the heat and we didn't respond. Their
defense completely dominated the game and their physicality
completely dominated our players. I obviously didn't make
the adjustments that needed to be made because I can say that
I tried everything I could possibly think of. We just didn't
have a good enough response."
Vanderbilt Forward Matt Freije
"They stepped up their defense toward the end of the
first half. They responded very well and kept it going in
the second half."
"It was frustrating. We had trouble just completing
a single pass. You can't play basketball 45 feet away from
the basket. You have to get it around the arc and play. You
have to give them credit for getting out in the passing lanes
and they got good pressure on the ball and didn't allow us
Vanderbilt Guard Mario Moore
"They did a great job of keeping us out of the operating
zone and where we want to get the ball. We just couldn't get
the ball where we wanted to. We wanted to go to Brian (Thornton)
more tonight, but their pressure on the defensive half made
it tough to get the ball down to where we wanted to."
Kentucky Head Coach Tubby Smith
"It was a solid performance. I thought we had good balance
in the second half. We came out a little flat (in the first
half),but I imagine that had a little to do with Vanderbilt.
They were very aggressive and we didn't respond in the first
"I thought overall we had a great defensive effort in
the second half."