"We wanted to prove who was the better team in the state. There was a lot more battling and intensity out there than the previous two years." He's right. It was far more intense than when Billy Gillispie coached the Wildcats. However, showing that intensity and having to when what almost resembled a street fight at times could eventually prove more beneficial than any of UK's previous 14 wins this season.
Just ask Patterson.
"Just being a more physical team and being able to endure and go through being hit, being smacked, talking trash and people trying to get in our heads and us battling that and fighting through that was huge," Patterson said.
I think what we can all take away is that even with people smacking, playing rough and talking trash, we kept playing Kentucky basketball and won."