|Kentucky at South Carolina|
|Tue., Feb. 8 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Colonial Life Arena
Game Notes: UK (PDF) | SC (PDF)
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Radio: UK Sports Network
After winning their fourth straight game, and eighth in their last nine, by winning at Alabama on Saturday, No. 5 Kentucky hits the road on Tuesday for an SEC matchup at South Carolina.
Kentucky has become a very solid road team, especially of late. Kentucky won at Kansas on Jan. 30, then won at Alabama this past Saturday. Neither of those places are easy for opponents. Overall, the Cats have won four of their last five on the road.
Now, the Cats will face another road game, at what can be a very loud Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. The Cats will face the Gamecocks but they are also facing the fact that, despite playing really good basketball lately, they cannot become overconfident. That’s something that assistant coach Jai Lucas thinks this team is built to handle.
“We have older guys,” Lucas said. “We have Kellan Grady, who is 24. We have Oscar (Tshiebwe) who is older, same with Sahvir (Wheeler), Davion (Mintz), Keion (Brooks Jr.). So, it’s a little bit different because we have guys who have been through situations that help them with this.”
Another thing that an experienced team can have is laser focus and the ability to not look too far into the future. For example, this Kentucky team may be able to make a run at the Final Four and a national title, but the Cats are focused on the task directly in front of them.