Rough play against Cards helps Cats in SEC

Kentucky probably better get used to that with Southeastern Conference road games at spots like Tennessee, Florida, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State still to come.

Kentucky probably better get used to that with Southeastern Conference road games at spots like Tennessee, Florida, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State still to come. Calipari tried to tell the Cats what it would be like before the game "He was telling us this would be a fight and people were going to be pulling, hacking and fouls won't be called that you want called and you have to play through it and who plays through it will win the game," Patterson said. "I knew it, and now my younger teammates know it.

"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."


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