Miller, Knight, and Jorts talkin' about the Gamecocks

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From UKAthletics.com... #1, Darius Miller, G, Jr.On playing South Carolina … “They’re a tough team, they will play the whole 40 minutes so we’ll have to as well. They definitely have a chance to beat us, and they’re a really talented team.” On Kentucky’s 3-point defense … “I think we’ve been playing good defense, but the other teams have started to knock down shots. We need to make the shots tougher and make them uncomfortable. We can’t give teams as many open looks.” #12, Brandon Knight, G, Fr. On Kentucky’s last meeting with South Carolina … “We came out with intensity that game, played pretty hard and we focused. We need to make sure we play hard and definitely rebound the basketball.” On what Kentucky learned from the end of the Mississippi State game … “We took from it that we need to play to win and not worry about the score. Things like knowing time and clock and knowing when we’re up double digits. We don’t need to score a lot under four minutes if we have a double-digit lead. At that point, we need to make sure we’re running the clock and taking good shots.” On the upper classmen’s leadership … “It helps a lot having those guys come in and contribute. The more we can get from them, the better we are. When they play hard and add to the team, it just makes us better overall.” On having fun in games … “That’s part of the game of basketball. When you work hard, you should be able to come out and have fun. You should be able to show your talents and show how hard you work.” #55, Josh Harrellson, F, Sr. On Kentucky’s confidence during games down the stretch … “I don’t think we’re less confident now. If we play our game we’ll be all right. The last couple of games we got riled up when we don’t know what’s going to happen. We stop playing our basketball and play for the score I guess.” On what the season has meant to him on a personal level … “It’s been great. When the opportunity came and Enes (Kanter) couldn’t play, I took the opportunity and ran with it. I worked hard and just did a lot for the team - I do what they need me to do. I just try to be that player that doesn’t always have to score, just try to be the garbage man. I’ll do the little things that nobody else wants to do. We’ve got enough talent one through four where they can score at any time during the game. I’m not worried about that. If I get a couple garbage points a game, that’s going to help us out. If I have a good game like you saw in the Louisville and Tennessee games, we’re going to beat people by 15 or 20. It just all depends, but I feel confident about this year and feel great for what I’ve done.” On how he got to this point in his basketball career … “I never really thought about what was going to happen. Coach Cal always said opportunity would come, and when it comes, be ready for it. He tells everybody that. My opportunity finally came after sitting for two-and-a-half years waiting for it. When it finally came, I was ready for it. ---------------------

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2021-09-23