LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari made sure his young Wildcats spent a lot of time together over Christmas break improving weaknesses on offense and defense, while becoming more cohesive.
Calipari's hope is that the No. 14 Wildcats (10-3) are so tired of seeing him and each other in practice that they take out their aggression on Mississippi State (10-3) in Wednesday night's Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Kentucky hasn't played since beating No. 12 Louisville 73-66 on Dec. 28. The Wildcats now want to apply what they learned about passing, setting picks and defensive stances to the most important part of the season against a conference determined to humble their talented roster.
First up are the Bulldogs, who have won five of six and have matched last year's win total.