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Feb. 6, 2008

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Head Coach Jeff Lebo
Opening Statement...
"Kentucky shot the ball well when they did not turn the ball over. They were 60 percent (shooting) for the game and 65 percent from the three point line. We made an excellence comeback at the end, but we fell a little short. We put ourselves in a position to win but we just could not pull it through."

On last play of the game...
"That was exactly what was supposed to happen. The play was designed for us to spread the defense out and for (DeWayne) Reed to go one-on-one at the top of the key."

On second half comeback...
"I wish we would have played the whole game like we did in the last five minutes. Our double teams bothered them and forced them to play tentatively. We were able to make them turn the ball over and we gave ourselves a chance to win, but unfortunately, things did not work out in our favor tonight."

DeWayne Reed, Sophomore Guard On his last shot....
"I felt like I had a good look, so I took the shot."

On missing his last shot...
"It was straight then at the last second it turned on me."

On Auburn's Defense...
"It's been close in every SEC game. It's close at the end so we tried to pressure Kentucky to come up with the win in the end."

Quan Prowell, Senior Forward
On guarding Patrick Patterson...
"I know I was worn down. He is big down low and good. He took a lot of angles and was constantly working. He got a couple angles and got them in on me."

Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie

Opening statement...
"I am really happy with the win tonight, especially since it was in the SEC. If you play perfect you win, but if you play the way we did you usually loose. So I am thankful that we won. We played pretty ugly tonight but pulled it together so I am happy about that. We played good 3-point defense and shot 66 percent. It's no easy task to do something like that. We committed a lot of turnovers and that really killed us. In the last five minutes we turned the ball over a lot, but still pulled out a win. I just hope we learn from our mistakes."

On DeWayne Reed's last shot...
"He missed the shot so I am happy. It was their choice to take that shot. I don't blame them. In our scouting reports it says that he likes to take big shots and usually makes them. When he missed our guys got that final rebound to put the game away."

On Patrick Patterson...
"He did a great job tonight. He gave us the low-post presence that we needed to win. We did have trouble getting him the ball. Our perimeter players got a shock from the pressure that they put on us so it was hard for us to get it to him."

On the performance of the rest of the team...
"Ramon Harris made a lot of big plays. He hit big free throws, a couple of big three's and got a couple of big steals. In the first half he was kind of quiet, then in the second half he really stepped up and became the senior leader we expect him to be. Michael Porter was really big off the bench. He hit two really big three's. Joe Porter was also really important to this win. He was hot throughout the game and gave a really strong 20-point performance. I am really proud of all our guys tonight.

Kentucky Player Quotes


Patrick Patterson, Freshman Forward

On his scoreless stretch...
"Things began to get a little frustrating at that point. Coach just kept telling me to continue posting up. So that is what I did. I kept moving my feet and posting up until the guards were able to pound the ball to me."

On the triple coverage...
"Our strategy at the beginning of the game was to keep the ball on the inside. Auburn is much smaller than we are so the plan was just to pound it in the middle. Later in the first half they began to catch on so they placed another player on me. By the middle of the second half I had three defenders covering me. Our guards, Joe Crawford and Derrick Jasper, did a really good job of driving and keeping our options open when coverage was thick down low."