VAUGHT: Bradley believes in Cats

He got his prayer answered when Mississippi missed a potential 3-point shot that could have beat Kentucky Wednesday. Now senior guard Ramel Bradley wants to make sure the Wildcats are ready for Sunday's challenge at No. 1 Tennessee.

(Editor's note: this article was written prior to Patrick Patterson's stress fracture diagnosis and being lost for the season.)

"These are the games you come to Kentucky to play," Bradley said. "This is a huge opportunity for us to show everyone we are a good team."

Kentucky beat Tennessee in Rupp Arena. However, UK also beat Vanderbilt in Rupp before losing by 41 points at Nashville.

Did the Cats learn anything in that Vandy loss that will help Sunday?

"I think we learned their gymnasium is not constructed the same way Vanderbilt's is. That is going to be a really big plus," Bradley said. "We learned to have poise if we get down a little bit. The game is about runs. If they make runs, we just need to know how to stop and counter runs and put ourselves in a position to win down the stretch." Did he really believe back in December that UK could face a March game with the SEC title on the line?

"Yes I did. They always say that the beginning of the season has nothing to do with how you end the year," Bradley said. "I was always confident that we would turn things around. Coach was always confident that we could do it and have a really good story, and that's what is happening."

So can you guys win Sunday?

"Of course we can. We all believe that," Bradley said.

Will not finishing stronger against Ole Miss hurt the team's psyche going into Tennessee?

"We are disappointed because we could have finished stronger and continued to play like we did in the first half and close the game out that way. You have to learn from it and learn what not to do down the stretch in games coming up," Bradley said. "But we did win and we have to look at it as a win."

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