COLUMBUS, Ohio - A glance around the Kentucky dressing room Saturday showed players with ice packs taped to their bodies all around the room.
Point guard Cliff Hawkins needed treatment on his back after practice. Guard Gerald Fitch needed treatment on his knee after Friday's game.
Antwain Barbour (back), Kelenna Azubuike (knee), Ravi Moss (ankle) and Bernard Cote (ankle) all had ice packs on following practice.
"It's really not as bad as it looks," said trainer Dave Kindy. "It's more preventive than anything. Usually we will have six to eight guys with ice bags after practice at this time of year. It's not like we are more beat up than usual. They all actually give me a hard time about being so careful."
Hawkins apparently injured his back in Friday's 96-76 win over Florida A&M. However, he was not anxious to talk about the injury going into today's NCAA Tournament second-round game against Alabama-Birmingham.