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(Programming note: appreciative of KYforward.com's Jon Hale for transcribing Stallings' video press conference):
On how Kentucky plays without Noel
"I think that remains to be seen. They ran into a buzz saw on Saturday, and I'm not sure anybody in college basketball would have beaten Tennessee, the way Tennessee played that day. I don't think that's a very good barometer. Certainly they'll be a little bit different. Noel is a terrific player, and certainly a terrific defensive presence. They've got other big guys. They have other projected first-round draft choices -- that's plural -- so they are still very, very talented and very good. They're always tough to beat up there, and I'm sure this will be no exception."
On how you coach players after a loss like Noel
"I think if you lose a key player it's incumbent on everyone else to pick up the slack and do what they can to alleviate for the loss. That's what you just naturally try to do anyway. But, everybody deals with key loses from time-to-time. It's part of it. Just like when we've had guys that were out. Nobody felt sorry for us. I'm sure there's not a lot of people feeling sorry for Kentucky. I certainly feel sorry for that young man. I'm very disappointed for him. He's a terrific player and I know the injury has to be devastating. I had a daughter that had three ACL injuries, so I'm familiar with the pain involved when you have somebody that's close to you that goes through that. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Hopefully he'll make a complete recovery and continue onward cause he's got a great future in front of him."
On difficulty facing a team coming off a bad loss
"I'm sure that they're getting the business from their coach. I"m sure he was very disappointed in how they play. From our vantage point, you can't really worry about that or consider that. We have to do what we have to do to get ready to play the game. We've had very competitive contests with them really ever since John (Calipari) has been there. Unfortunately, we haven't won enough of them yet, but I'm sure this one will be hard fought. Hopefully we can get it in a position to win in the end and pull it out."
On if they feel like they owe UK one
"I don't know. They controlled the game for 30 minutes here and then the last 10 minutes we kind of controlled it, maybe a little bit before that. Then we just played so poorly the last three or four minutes of the game. It was very, very disappointing. I watched it again last night. But anyway, hopefully if we get it in that position again we'll play better."
On making sure the shot clock doesn't play a role this time
"That was disappointing, but I think we were tied up at 54 and had a wide-open three in the corner, I mean wide-open, and just didn't go in. If it goes in we probably win. So, it's just one of those things. It wasn't meant to be that night. We got the shots in some cases that we needed, and we had some empty possessions where we should have gotten better shots or shots or that we were too careless or casual or not purposeful enough. So, the shot clock thing was poorly timed for sure, no pun intended, but nevertheless we still had more control and more opportunities to win that game."
On Cauley-Stein's play in first Vandy game
"He played well against us here. He's a good player. He's a very good player. He's big and long and physical and runs and jumps, so he's a formidable guy around the basket as well. Noel wasn't the only good big guy that they have. Cauley-Stein is very good. Wiltjer has obviously started playing really good ball for them. They're a complete team, a very good team, and again, they're attempting a guys that's a very, very good player, but they still have some good players anything."
On Calipari's comments about having some players that aren't very coachable
"You know what? He might have just been frustrated or venting his frustrations. Who knows. Again, it doesn't change any of our preparation. John has the ability, and he's proven the ability, to get the best out of his players over the course of time. We're going to expect they're very best on Wednesday night, and hopefully we'll give them our very best in return."
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