By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky players want to win the SEC Tournament as much as Kentucky fans want them to this weekend in Nashville.
“Every game we go into, we try to win it. There’s no point in going in and trying to lose, I don’t believe that,” sophomore PJ Washington said. “We’re definitely going in trying to win.”
However, Washington has obviously also paid attention to what coach John Calipari has said about the SEC tourney and its impact — or lack of — on NCAA Tournament seedings.
“At the end of the day, I don’t really think the SEC Tournament really matters, it’s the NCAA Tournament, and we know that,” Washington said.
Kentucky plays the Mississippi-Alabama winner on Friday night in the tourney quarterfinals. A win likely would match UK against co-SEC champion Tennessee in Saturday’s semifinals.
“I think we’re playing pretty good. Without Reid (Travis), we’re playing really good. It’s definitely great to be winning at this point in the season. We’re just trying to go in and keep winning,” Washington said.
Freshman Tyler Herro knows nothing except winning.
“We never want to lose any game. But we’re building for the last tournament, the NCAA Tournament, so we’re just going to keep taking each game at a time and try to improve,” Herro said Tuesday.
Herro doesn’t expect postseason play to be different from what he’s experienced so far at UK.
“I think if we just play with the same energy and same focus that we’ve been playing with, I think we’ll be fine,” Herro said. “We’re playing pretty good. Just continuing to improve is really where the focus is at right now. Just playing the full 40 minutes, just continuing to improve over the next couple of weeks.”