Naturally, Lofton would love to have a big game against the state university to show UK it made a mistake by not offering him a scholarship. The problem is: How can head coach Buzz Peterson keep Lofton from getting overly excited and pressing?
''I won't even talk to him,'' Peterson said. ''He knows (the danger of getting too pumped up). He's going to get a lot of heat from everybody but he's a mature freshman. He knows it's a big game, so I don't want to build it up even more to him.
''I want him to relax, do the things he's been told to do and execute on both ends of the floor.''