LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's latest crop of standout freshmen hear comparisons to last year's NCAA championship team every day and is aware of the expectations they face.
And they're getting advice on how to handle the pressure from those with firsthand experience: Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who as freshmen led Kentucky's title run that raised the bar for the newest Wildcats.
They have urged Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress to develop their own identity and avoid measuring themselves against a team that had six players selected in the NBA draft.
The message has been received. The freshmen insist the school's recent trend of 'one-and-done' players isn't a given for any of them.
Kentucky begins practice with Friday night's Big Blue Madness before a capacity crowd at Rupp Arena.