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“For any school, playing Kentucky is a big deal. … I am just trying to stay focused and play hard against them.”

Forecasts of sleet and possibly snow for Louisiana have put the game’s status in question, though Monday afternoon when the Wildcats flew to Baton Rouge the contest remained on schedule.

Weather permitting, Kentucky’s biggest challenge comes after it arrives as the Wildcats aim to stay on the same page at a venue where they are 29-16 all-time and 2-0 under Calipari yet mindful that the Tigers and their fans will be doing their best to throw them off their games.

It’s nothing Cauley-Stein hasn’t seen before, but he’s noticing freshman teammates starting to embrace those emotionally charged atmospheres as well.

“It’s different, it’s fun,” he said of playing road games. “The crowd is crazy. It’s live, it’s real hyped, but it’s also hard because the crowd is crazy and the hype is real loud and it’s a fun environment. It’s just difficult to play in.”


AP Freelance Writer Bryan Lazare in Baton Rouge, La., contributed to this report.