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Transcript: Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Insell Post UK Hoops 89 vs Ole Miss 57 Comments

Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Insell Post UK Hoops  89 vs Ole Miss 57 Comments

Opening statement…

“We didn’t have it. Kentucky did. We didn’t play very hard and when you don’t play hard you get your butt kicked. That is what happened tonight.”

On defensive play…
“No, it was just not playing hard. We didn’t play hard offensively, we didn’t play hard defensively. We didn’t communicate with each other offensively and defensively. We come up here, thinking we have beaten Kentucky two years in a row. Trust me, they know that and they came out and Played harder. It showed from the start. Every time Taylor Murray wanted to get a rebound, she got it. It was on the scout, she is one of the best rebounding point guards in the league and it showed tonight. Every time Makayla Epps wanted to get the basketball, she went and got it. Evelyn Akhator got every rebound. Offensively, we had 10 turnovers and I think it was 20 points off of those turnovers. It wasn’t like Kentucky was doing anything special to stop us. I coached here for five years. We used to turn people over 50 times. I think we turned Louisville over 42 times one time. Kentucky wasn’t pressing, they were just sitting back. We have to start figuring out that we have the blue jerseys on and we have to throw it to our teammates. We have to play hard.”

On where to go from here…
“We go back home and play Georgia. I mean, Georgia just got beat like this up here a couple of weeks ago. We have 13 wins. We have eight games left. We know what we have to do. We have put ourselves in this hole. We have a good team. I would love to play this game again. I would love to suit right back up and play again because I guarantee we will play better after the next two days of practice. I have never had a team not play hard and I didn’t think we played very hard. Kentucky played a lot more motivated than us and a lot harder than us. I will say one thing: Makayla Epps is a special player. She has been a special player in this league for four years. I have so much respect for that kid and I hope she has big things coming for her in the future. I hugged her at the end and I told her that I am very proud of her and how she has shaped her game. She has been a special player here at Kentucky and I hope people in this state continue to realize that because she is a special player.”

On the issues snowballing in the fourth quarter…
“Jen, you have seen my teams. Have you seen any of my teams not play hard? What did you think? We didn’t play hard. When you turn the ball over, you still have to sprint back. We didn’t do it and it’s the little things. We practiced really well Tuesday and Wednesday in practice and played extremely hard in the shoot around. Why don’t you bring it to the game? You do it against yourself. You did against those poor practice guys that you all beat to death. Do it here. Do it right here. Come out and attack them right here. Obviously our program is still building and we have a lot of things we have to learn, but playing hard has always been a staple of mine. I have never had a team that hasn’t played hard. I told our team after the game, ‘Where do we go from here? We have Georgia on Sunday, and if we don’t play hard we get our butts beat.’ We have got to get back and do some soul searching and figure out why we aren’t playing hard and correct it. Maybe I am playing someone that doesn’t play hard. I have to get them out and put someone in that will play hard. We had some kids in the second half that played harder. I challenged them at halftime to come out and played harder and they did. When you score six points in the quarter – I think Georgia came in here and did that last week – where they only scored four points in the quarter. You get down 20 – I don’t care who you are playing. We could have been playing Southern University – but you get down 20 and you’re going to get beat when you are on the road. That is just the stuff like that right there. Their kids played hard. Epps, the last play of the first half, she is an all-league player. She’s a player that is very talented and I keep bragging on Epps and I think she is the best player in our league. She’ll have my vote for every day of the week as best player in the league. The last play of the half, this is an all-league player and projected to be a top pick in the WNBA draft. There is a Shot Clock Violation, why try to run in there and make a play? You know why? Because you are really good. Even though she didn’t make the play, she went after that ball, put her body on the line. I’m going to show our kids that play about 100 times over the next two days. It’s Epps just diving after a ball. Even though it was a shot clock violation, and she still put her body out there to get it. It’s playing hard. We had some kids that played hard. Shelby Gibson, a freshman, she did pretty good against their post players. Alissa Alston, sophomore, Madinah Muhammad, sophomore, those kids played hard. We had some kids play hard. Bree Glover, a freshman out of Kentucky, is learning getting better. She did good. We had some kids that did some good things. However, when you get down 20 or 30 points you are going to get beat.”


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