Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight for the third consecutive season with a 102-90 victory over Indiana Saturday morning at the Georgia Dome. The Wildcats (35-2) will take on Baylor (27-9) at 2:20 p.m. Sunday for a spot in next week’s Final Four.
The following are notable quotes from Kentucky’s win over the Hoosiers.
Kentucky made 35 of 37 free throws, with Michael Kidd Gilchrist (10-10), Doron Lamb (8-8), Marquis Teague (6-6) and Darius Miller (5-5) making each of their charity tosses. Lamb wasn’t surprised by the team’s final tally at the line.
“In pregame, we all made our foul shots. So, I knew today would be a great time for us making foul shots and so we did today.”
Kentucky center Anthony Davis sat out the final 14 minutes of the first half, because of foul trouble, but finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, a pair of assists and three blocked shots. Going into Sunday’s South Region final, Davis isn’t looking back.
“It’s game over. I can’t worry about it now. (I just need to) get ready for Sunday’s game. (We) just play the way we normally play. We can’t worry about the past. This game is over, so I’ve got to put it in the back of my mind.”
Terrence Jones on his performance against Indiana.
“Yeah, I feel we like playing fast‑paced games just because we like being on the attack, and we like when Marquis pushes it. We’re playing our best basketball just because we have so many options, and he’s such a good ball handler and he controls the tempo and he just gets us in everything we need to get to. We try to control the pace and slow it down if we don’t have anything.”
This game took a lot out of everybody. Are you worried at all about that? Calipari: No. When you’re playing at this time of the year, you’ve got more energy than you need. This team is in great shape. They’ve been in great shape. We got a bad rotation because Anthony got in foul trouble, but if he didn’t, we’d have had guys playing about 32 minutes a game, which is about what they need to be playing, so we had to play a little bit more today. That was a fast game. I love coaching those kinds of games. I can’t stand a game in the 50s. Can’t stand coaching it – can’t stand watching it. There are games that are going to be like that, and we’ve got to be prepared to play.”
You want to win the game. My enjoyment is watching my team play well. When they’re really on all cylinders and everybody is doing their job, I have a ball watching my own team. My job is to get them to chase perfection. I don’t know if we’re ever going to reach it, but how well can we play?
“Let’s play against ourselves. How good can we be? You take it off the other team. We didn’t worry. There’s no revenge to Indiana. Tommy, I love the guy. He’s a great coach. I have the greatest respect for him. I’m not going to have my team hating his team. We didn’t do it. We never watched the ad, I didn’t put in tapes, we didn’t talk about the last game. We didn’t. Let us worry about us playing well. If that’s not good enough, us at our best, then someone played really good. Now every team can do that to us.
“Today they had a chance to beat us in the way they played and gave themselves every opportunity. But I enjoy this. I tell these guys all the time enjoy winning. You smile and enjoy it because the other stinks.”