By LARRY VAUGHT
Last year Kentucky thrashed Kansas 72-40 in Indianapolis for its third straight win over the Jayhawks. Saturday night the Cats play at Kansas, a spot where the home team seldom loses.
Here’s what Kentucky forward Alex Poythress had to say about Kansas on Friday going into the 7 p.m. game that will be shown on ESPN.
On how much they are looking forward to this trip … “We’re all looking forward to this trip. We’ve been on a little run. We’re just trying to make improvement and trying to just see where we’re at.”
On what Cal has told them about this game … “That it’s going to be a tough road game and you gotta come prepared and ready to fight. We gotta compete because if you don’t compete and fight then it’s going to be a hard game. It’s going to be a hard game regardless, but we just gotta come in here and compete.”
On this break in SEC play … “It’s weird. I don’t think I ever had a break like this. But it’s just what it is. You gotta get used to it and just be ready to play the game.”
On last year’s game against Kansas … “I mean, last year’s game was an anomaly. We had a great team. It’s not going to be like that. So you just gotta throw it out.”
On whether experience against Kansas helps … “Yeah. We know some of the personnel from playing last year and then our coaches do a great job of scouting and telling us what to do and telling us what to do and telling us their scouting report. So we’re going into the game with a pretty good idea of what they do.”
On whether he expects Kansas to have extra motivation after year’s game … “Yeah, I’m sure they will. I’m sure they’re going to be pumped up because they don’t want it to be like last year. They want to get that bad taste out of everybody’s mouth. We’re just trying to come in there and just be ready to play. We’re a different team from last year. Last year was different so we’re just trying to take care of business.”
On Allen Fieldhouse … “From what I’ve seen, it’s just like playing in Rupp. I think it’s kind of smaller and kind of more on top of you, but it’s going to be a hard road game. Playing on the road is always hard, so we just gotta go in there and fight.”