By LARRY VAUGHT
As a senior, guard Dominique Hawkins understands the one game at a time approach. He made that clear Friday.
Kentucky and Kansas, the nation’s two winningest programs, play Saturday night in Rupp Arena.
“As a team, we’re just looking at it as another game right now. But we know that it’s going to be crazy in Rupp Arena and everybody’s attention is going to be on it,” said Hawkins.
Okay. But doesn’t ESPN GameDay being in Lexington make the game special?
“It’s probably motivation for a lot of other people, but I just look at it as another game. I feel like a lot of people view our games and are watching on TV as well, but this one’s just going to get a little bit more extra attention,” Hawkins said. “It’s going to be crazy in Rupp, probably the loudest of the season, but just take it one game at a time.”
Let’s try this. What about the probability that UK has to win this game to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament?
“I just think we need to come into the game relaxed and just play the game that we’ve been playing early on during the season. Whatever will happen at the end is what’s going to happen,” Hawkins said.
Okay. Last try. How important is it to bounce back from the loss at Tennessee Tuesday?
“We’re just going to take it as another game. We know that everybody’s attention is on it. It’s a big game to everybody else, but it’s just another game for us, a regular-season game, and we just want to come out and compete,” Hawkins said.