January 13, 2012

Coming off the bench no issue for Lamb

Sophomore guard Doron Lamb found himself in a familiar spot before tipoff against Auburn earlier this week, albeit not one he had been in recently.

Lamb came off the bench for the first time this season in the 68-53 win. He was Kentucky's sixth man for most of his freshman season, when he averaged 12.3 points as a sharpshooting reserve. The switch didn't bother Lamb, though.

"I don't really care," he said. "I still get a lot of minutes, so it doesn't really matter to me."

Kentucky head coach John Calipari hasn't addressed the decision publicly yet, and hasn't given any indication as to whether Lamb could start on Saturday against Tennessee or if he'll come off the bench again. Senior Darius Miller started in his place.

Calipari also hasn't spoken to Lamb about why he made the change.

"He didn't say anything," Lamb said. "I don't know why."

The decision to keep Lamb on the bench early didn't have much bearing on his final statistics. He played 35 minutes - a number he has topped only once this season, against Indiana. He finished with 14 points, the most he's had in UK's last six games and went 2-5 from 3-point range.

Lamb was also on the court as time wound down and the Wildcats found themselves nursing a lead. That's what really matters, he said.

"I'm going to be there at the end, when it counts," he said.

Kidd-Gilchrist feeling fine
After experiencing chest pains a week ago, freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he's 100 percent and the injury hasn't impacted his game.

"It was just chest pain, that's it." Kidd-Gilchrist said. "It didn't affect my play. I don't know how I did it, it just came about."

Kidd-Gilchrist said he has experienced chest pain before in his career and has never been a serious concern.

MKG's numbers down
After Kidd-Gilchrist's torched rival Louisville for 24 points and 19 rebounds, his numbers have been down. In the three games following his career best, he's only combined for 25 points and 19 rebounds. But despite the low numbers, Kidd-Gilchrist is still impressed with how he's played.

"I've been playing good," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "(My numbers being down) doesn't mean anything, doesn't mean a thing in my book."

Calipari isn't worried about Kidd-Gilchrist's statistics.

"He's playing fine," Calipari said. "He missed some shots, but when we need a play he makes it. He's another one. He's like Anthony Davis: he doesn't say anything. So here he goes. Every rough rebound, every loose ball, every tough defensive assignment he gets and then (his teammates) shoot all the balls."

Life on the road
After playing their first road game in more than a month, Kidd-Gilchrist said the Wildcats are over the initial shock factor of playing in a packed house away from Rupp Arena.

"The crowd is toughest part on the road," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "It was hard at first, but I got used to it. We're just so young, but we're getting over it."

Davis said UK "most definitely" has an idea of what to expect on the road.

Tennessee is expecting a near sellout Saturday when the Cats come to town and while Kidd-Gilchrist is expecting a raucous environment, he's as concerned about "the early start."

Kidd-Gilchrist said he'd rather be sleeping at noon on a Saturday.

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