Stoops hopes Wildcats are building confidence

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hopes his team is building confidence and can handle adversity as the Cats prepare to go into Tuscaloosa Saturday to take on No. 1 ranked Alabama.

“I think it was real important and we have to learn from previous mistakes and the last time we went into a tough environment, we didn’t respond very well," Stoops said after Thursday's practice. "Hopefully, we’ll handle that better. If there is adversity -- and I’m sure it will come, in every game there’s some form of adversity -- we have to be able to handle it better and hopefully we learn from that Florida game and we’ll respond better.”

The Cats lost at Florida 45-7 the second week of the season. Kentucky is now coming off a 17-10 victory over South Carolina in its best performance of the season. Stoops said his team is coming off a good week of practice.

“It’s been a good week of preparation, a good light day for us. A lot of mental work today, but it was good focus. Looking forward to tomorrow. We’ll have a good run through one more time, then board the buses and board the plan and get ready to play a heck of a football team. I’m excited about the opportunity and I’m worried about us and competing at a high level and getting better. That’s what we’ve been stressing all week is having that great attention to detail, fundamentally playing better. Our communication needs to be better, so we’re anxious to get out there and have another great opportunity.”

Kentucky and Alabama kick at 7:00 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

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