Here are a few quotes from the Kentucky locker room that didn't make it in the quick-filed column you will see in Friday's Messenger-Inquirer.

The late starting time, around 9:15 p.m. CT, was in part the reason for the slow start by the Wildcats in their first-round NCAA Tournament game against No. 16 seed Hampton. UK had little trouble after the first 10 minutes of a 79-56 win at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

Karl-Anthony Towns was the major force for the Wildcats with 21 points, 11 rebounds. UK rolled its record to 35-0.

AARON HARRISON, who was 0-5 shooting, scored three points but pulled down seven rebounds.

"We played really sluggish, just not enough energy. We're a young team, might have not came in the game as focused as we should have.

"It was a late game. It was hard to get up, reup after the overtime (with Cincinnati-Purdue). 

"It's really difficult to be so excited to play, then you have to wait all day and pretty much all night too."

"Karl (Anthony Towns) played really well. He turned and just scored the ball.

"I expected a lot more out of us and I expected a lot more out of myself. I should have played a lot better as well. I think everyone will see a different team on Saturday, definitely. I think we'll have a lot more intensity and be ready to play. Show everybody what our season has been all about."


The freshman playing in his first NCAA Tournament game also felt like focus was a problem early for the Wildcats. Booker struggled shooting the ball (1-6) and scored two points.

"Going into the game we kind of looked over them and that's why we started off kind of slow. That's happened a lot throughout the year. Coach (John Calipari) stressed to us we have to be the aggressor.

On Karl-Anthony Towns: "Karl is a special player, Coach wants him to touch the ball every possession, and I totally agree with that because we know what Karl can do. Not only can he score he can be a facilitator out there."

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