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By LARRY VAUGHT
When Julius Mays was struggling to make shots earlier this year, Calipari always noted that he found other ways to help the team win and/or compete.
Mays, a fifth-year player, thinks his past experience has helped him cope with the stress of UK’s season better than some of his younger teammates.
“I have been through it, but it takes experience to learn. You do not like to lose, but these are good life lessons for all these guys. Life will not always be peachy. Not all things in life will be like you want them to be,” said Mays Tuesday as UK attempts to bounce back from a 30-point loss at Tennessee Saturday when it hosts Vanderbilt Wednesday night.
Mays says he fights so hard on the court because he has “a lot of heart and takes things personally” in games.
“On the court, I do not like to let anybody think they can beat me. I like to win,” Mays said. “If I am fighting, they (younger players) can use me as an example.”
Mays would not deny that teams have knocked UK around this year and been more physical.
“It started when Maryland outrebounded us (in the first game). Since then every team has tried to come in and bully us,” he said.
He also issued a challenge for his teammates as they try to salvage the season.
I just think as a player you have to be willing to make adjustments on the fly and accept coaching and not feel like the coach is down on you every time he is telling you something,” Mays said.