Junior guard DeAndre Liggins hinted that maybe Kentucky did a bit too much celebrating after beating Washington 74-67 in the tourney semifinals and was not focused like it should be on UConn.
"I think Washington was a big game for us and was an energy game that caused us to take UConn for granted the next game," Liggins admitted before UK's practice Monday. "They came out and punched us in the mouth. We were so fired up for Washington it took our energy away when they did that.
"It is a tremendous lesson for our young guys to learn. They have to learn what college is about. I have been here for a while and know what it takes, but I have to learn, too. We have to stick together as a team."
Did he sense any panic?
"I don't know. Maybe. We have to keep learning as a team and trusting each other and talking more on the court," he said.
Liggins: Washington was "energy game"
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