Cats’ toughness tested in 72-62 win over Auburn

Freshman guard Archie Goodwin, takes a shot during the first half of the University of Kentucky basketball game against Auburn on February 9th, 2013. Kentucky up 37 to 31.Photo by Kirsten Holliday | Staff

A team of freshman needs a lot of things over the course of their inaugural season. They need to be tested in many different ways, all hopefully preparing them for the toughness of basketball in March.

UK looks to keep streak rolling against South Carolina

Freshman foward Willy Cauley-Stein dribbles the ball down the court during the Men's University of Kentucky basketball game against Texas A&M at Rupp Arena on January 12th, 2013. Photo by Kirsten Holliday | Staff

The road can be a grueling and sometimes costly experience for a college basketball team, especially one as young as UK’s.

Lucky for the Cats, however, it was a rewarding one, as they return home to Rupp Arena Tuesday night to face South Carolina after two straight tough road wins in SEC play.

UK in the NBA: Kidd-Gilchrist suffers concussion

Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) screams after losing control of a loose ball as Indiana Pacers' Paul George (24) defends in the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, January 15, 2013, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

Week 14 in the NBA for former Cats was headlined by the injury suffered by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats. In the second half of the Saturday night game in Houston, Kidd-Gilchrist was fitted into a neck brace to keep him immobilized and was carted off the floor on a stretcher.

Road wins, although close, were needed victories

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The blow-out win at Auburn was an apparition. Head coach John Calipari was right three weeks ago after the narrow win over Tennessee — a cellar-dwelling team in a reeling league.