By LARRY VAUGHT
Like most Kentucky fans, sophomore Isaac Humphries has tried to forget last year’s game at Tennessee when UK had a 20-point lead in the first half and eventually lost.
“I remember it being just a crazy atmosphere, obviously. I mean, everywhere we go it’s a crazy atmosphere. It was just a strange series of events that went down. We were up 20 and then – was it an overtime game?” Humphries asked Monday.
When told it was not overtime, he laughed that at least that would have made the loss a little more bearable.
“I just remember it being a good atmosphere and obviously they’re a good team this year. I’m excited to play them and redeem ourselves from last year,” Humphries said.
Kentucky plays at Tennessee Tuesday night before returning to Rupp Arena Saturday to host Kansas. ESPN GameDay will be here for that one but UK assistant coach Kenny Payne warned Monday that UK better not overlook the Vols.
Humphries understands why Payne saying Tennessee could beat UK.
“Because they have in the past, A, and two, I think they’re a really good team this year. I think anyone can beat us. If we don’t bring it anyone can beat us. They shouldn’t, but they can,” Humphries said.
Freshman Wenyen Gabriel was not on the team that lost at Knoxville. But he has played in SEC road games already.
“I expect every game to be a dogfight. To be playing at Kentucky, I expect everybody’s best. I just go out there and try to play my best every game,” Gabriel said.