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Kenny Payne laid out what needs to happen for Kentucky to bring home a title

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Kenny Payne held the pre-Alabama press conference in place of John Calipari yesterday and offered up some thoughts on what needs to occur for Kentucky to bring home a national championship this year.

Payne broke it down into a few key areas:

Ashton Hagans needs to be a “pest” on defense and control the offense.

EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards have to provide solid minutes off the bench.

Nick Richards needs to be really good.

P.J. Washington needs to continue to fill up the stat sheet.

Kentucky needs to have a mindset to be able to win on the road.

Seems like a pretty straightforward formula and we’re already seeing some of these things take shape. It’s no coincidence that has led to improved play over the last two weeks. However, things are going to start getting really interesting soon.

The SEC slate kicks off tomorrow and Kentucky will be tested multiple times. They’ll be tested by the top teams in the SEC, middle-tier teams when they go on the road, and pesky underdogs that will play better than they have all year when Kentucky comes to town.

There will be some bumps in SEC play, and there will be questions about what this team’s potential is, but I think this coaching staff has a good handle on getting the players ready for March, and the players want to succeed and make a run at the title.

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Kentucky is now 14-1 after picking up their first SEC victory of the season.

Zion Harmon’s court case delayed again - Courier Journal

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