By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knows Saturday’s game at Louisville will be emotional — remember the pregame scuffle two years ago — but he knows it will take more than emotion.
“We need to have emotion on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in our preparation and focus and intensity during the week to put us in position to win. Without that we’ll have no chance. And then when we get there on Saturday, yes, they have to play with emotion but you also have to have a discipline,” Stoops said Monday.
“If you also remember in both of those games the last two (years), that emotion has hurt us. We had a guy come off the bench two years ago up there when we were in a great spot and get a 15 yard penalty, and that set us back. Last year we got a 15 yard penalty that set us back. That’s the kind of discipline that we’re gonna need, and they’re gonna hear about that.”
Stoops says focus and preparation should be a weekly thing for good teams.
“It’s always about that, the preparation. Preparation and effort and focus. It’s not just you’re gonna get so jacked up to beat somebody. That’s not it. You know what I mean? You can’t win a game on that alone. But again, without that, you don’t have much of a chance because you don’t put much into your prep,” Stoops said.