Wildcats growing up as SEC tourney approaches

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says his team is growing up, and
not a moment too soon.

The 15th-ranked Wildcats (22-8) have won three straight heading
into this weekend's Southeastern Conference tournament, checking
off two major issues in the process.

Kentucky won on the road at Tennessee, a big problem earlier in
the season, and won a close game against Vanderbilt.

The victories have given the Wildcats a much-needed confidence
boost. Senior center Josh Harrellson says the players are holding
their heads higher and not sulking anymore. He says the Wildcats
are "totally different people" now.

Calipari says his team has done a good job of living in the
moment and trying to enjoy the ride instead of playing as if the
weight of the world rested on its shoulders.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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