Wednesday night the 6-foot-4 sophomore wing from Evansville, Ind. had a breakout game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Kuric posted career highs in points (13) and rebounds (seven) in helping the Cardinals to an 84-69 win over the Ragin' Cajuns.
Through UofL's first 11 games Kuric is averaging 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in a mostly reserve role (he had one start against Charlotte). Against Louisiana-Lafayette, Kuric made 4 of 8 shots from the field and was 5 for 6 from the foul line in 22 minutes of action. Of his seven rebounds, five were on the offensive end. Kuric also recorded two steals in the Cards' third straight win.,p> Afterward ITV caught up with Kuric.
Q: What are your thoughts on tonight's win?
A: "It was a lot of fun. Coach was kind of playing toward our confidence a little bit, (saying) we needed to play like we did against Western Kentucky, play like our backs against the wall and play more aggressive like we did."
Q: This was the most minutes you've played since the game against Charlotte, what do you attribute that to?
A: "I really don't know the reason, I'm just trying to play hard."
Q: Have you been playing pretty well in practice?
A: "Me and (Reginald) Delk are doing about the same. We go at each other every day, that's the normal thing right now. So practice is kind of the same...We just try and get in the game and see how it goes and then he'll make a decision."
Q: What have you been working on lately?
A: "Putting extra shots up, although it didn't really show tonight."
Q: What are your thoughts on the season so far?
A: "It's been great. Playing with this team is awesome. We've had a couple of down games, but that'll happen. But we've bounced back from it and we'll continue to get better and we'll have fun with it."
Q: You played well in the exhibition games but then didn't really see a lot of action early (playing less than 12 minutes in the first five games), what do you attribute that to?
A: "Maybe it's just early-season, trying to figure lineups out and how plays well together still, and I don't know any other explanation. But it's all up to coach."
Q: You still seem to be the guy who makes the "hustle" plays, going after offensive rebounds and loose balls, do you make a conscious effort to do those things?
A: "I took that over from last year, where I wasn't going to get in solely on ability based on T-Will. So I had do things, get the offensive rebounds or do things that he might not do every time and that's how I'd get playing time. So I just carried it over to this year."
Q: The crowd seems to appreciate the way you play, how does that make you feel?
A: "It does give you a little bit more energy when the crowd appreciates what you're doing out there, it makes you pursue it even more."
Q: Is Christmas time easier for you than some of the other guys on the team since you're from Evansville?
A: "It's a lot easier for me because I'm only an hour, 45 (minutes), two hours away maybe, so my family will be here. But it's a lot easier than some of the other guys, whose families are a lot farther away...I'll be with them a lot."