By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky plays the second of three straight games against ranked teams tonight when it hosts No. 22 Mississippi State trying to extend its four-game SEC winning streak.
“I feel like in the bigger games we want it more,” said Kentucky sophomore PJ Washington. “We want to go out and play tougher opponents. I feel like everybody’s more excited when we play better teams. We like playing good people.
“It’s always great going against competitive teams. You get to see where you’re at on both ends of the floor, all 40 minutes. You gotta go out there and fight. It’s great having a group of young guys that’s willing to do that. It’s always fun trying to play against somebody that can beat you.”
He’s familiar with State’s Quinndary and Nick Weatherspoon, two of the veterans the Bulldogs returned this year.
“I played with Nick in high school a couple times, so I know him pretty well. And the older brother’s pretty nice too. I think he had a good game against us last year. We just gotta go out and just try to contain both and I think we’ll be fine,” Washington said.
He said not to worry about UK dwelling on the win over Auburn or looking ahead to Kansas, which beat Iowa State Monday night.
“We’re always focused on the next opponent and we’re not looking past anybody. That’s how you lose games here. We’re obviously just focused on Mississippi State and what they do on offense and defense,” the Kentucky sophomore said. “That’s what we’ve been workin. I don’t think we’re looking past them at all. We know they’re a good team and we know they’re capable of beating us. We just gotta come out and play our game.”