Two days after watching the 'Cats squander a huge 2nd half lead, only to hang on for a 60-51 home victory over last-place Georgia, the Wildcat players and coaches are looking for focus.
Hayes, one of two seniors on the Wildcats squad, is hoping the Wildcats can use Georgia as a wake-up call - to the freshmen and the rest of his teammates - who have not taken preparation seriously.
"We need to understand that being mentally prepared is a team thing," senior forward Chuck Hayes said. "It takes more then one person to be focused. There is nothing the coaching staff or the fans can do about mental preparation. It's up to us as players."
Junior point guard Patrick Sparks, whom was one of the few bright spots for Kentucky's win Saturday, said the the Wildcats are trying to move on and hope to improve in this week's dangerous matchup at Columbia (South Car.)
"We got a win," Sparks said, "but I thought we could have played better, especially after coming off a tough win against Florida. We have to forget about the past and learn from our mistakes so we can get ready for South Carolina."
Backup junior guard Ravi Moss said the Wildcats had a 'wasted day' against the lowly Dawgs. "We didn't come out the way we should have," Moss said. "It was a wasted day for us because we didn't improve or get any better."
And now it's to practice, where Tubby Smith will most certainly make his annual statement to the 'Cats in usual fashion.
"(Tubby Smith) should be disappointed," Moss said. "We didn't execute offensively and our defense was lackluster. We didn't rebound well either.
"He should have made us feel little."