Jan. 22, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Rodney Cooper (21) defends Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the second half at Coleman Coliseum. Alabama won 59-55. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

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The Cats are back at home against LSU (10-6, 1-4 SEC) and can not afford a loss at home, much less to the Tigers.“I hope guys are realizing it has to be turned around and we don’t have much time to keep saying the same things,” Julius Mays said.

Anthony Hickey, LSU guard and Kentucky native, looks to help LSU “steal” a win in Rupp. Hickey leads the nation in steals, as he averaged 3.86 a game.

Kyle Wiltjer has changed the way he plays on the court, and in turn, has become the leader that UK needs him to be. “Yeah, I feel I’ve been working hard and working in practice,” he said. “Going into the game and trying to be as confident as I am in practices is a key.”

The players think that their past practices after the Alabama loss have helped, but will the “sense of urgency” Coach Calipari is looking for show Saturday against LSU?

In football, Stoops & Co. are hosting James Hearns and Marcus McWilson, two top defensive players that could be key for UK.

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