At the team's annual Media Day, Matthew Mitchell joked that men's basketball coach John Calipari came to him for advice on how to run the much documented platoon system.
"We're good friends like that," Mitchell said with a smile. "We help each other out."
It might be Mitchell going across the hall of the Joe Craft Center this season to discuss the challenges and pitfalls of managing mostly new personnel.
Kentucky has a handful of returning players, household names like Makayla Epps and Janee Thompson and familiar faces like Alexis Jennings, Alyssa Rice and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers.
But with graduation and the recent, sudden departure of junior guard Linnae Harper, Kentucky has a lot of rebuilding to do in a short amount of time.
Here is a look at the top five storylines for UK this season.
1. Regroup and rebuild
The unexpected, unexplained departure of Harper, just shy of a month before the season opener, has left Kentucky scrambling. Harper, the team's leading rebounder and one of its top defenders, will be a void that UK will feel all season.
But this is a group that can bounce back and do big things, Mitchell insists. And the players will do it together.
"Chemistry is much better than it's been in awhile," Mitchell said. "We're a team with some maturity."
Thompson has always been a natural leader and will be a player some lean on even as she's coming back fully from a leg injury. And the need for leadership and chemistry was a big reason that it was so important to get Epps to become her best self.
"She has a magnetic personality, is a wonderful person," Mitchell said. People gravitate toward her and will follow her lead, which is why he said he's harped on her decision making.
"She was the one. You're either going to be a good leader or you're not going to be here because you're a leader."
2. International flair
It has been 15 years since Kentucky has had an international player on the roster and this season it has two in swing player Ivana Jakubcova (Slovakia) and Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria) and both could be impact players before the end of the season.
Akhator arrives with high expectations after coming off a dominant junior-college stint where she earned a national title and JUCO Player of the Year honors while averaging 21.2 points and 16.7 rebounds a game. She is among the Cats' fastest players and her athleticism will help her have an immediate impact.
Originally thought to be a project player, Jakubcova blossomed during a redshirt season last year and has the potential to surprise this season. "Ivana is very fast and very versatile," Mitchell said, noting that she can guard a center on defense because of her 6-6 size and wing span, but she can also play at the three spot on offense.
3. Upping the tempo
Kentucky, which is well known for its "40 minutes of dread" defensive philosophy, initially went to that style because of its undersized players. That's not going to be a problem this year, with seven players taller than 6-foot.
Mitchell said UK specifically went after speedy, athletic post players that it thinks can play that style in hopes of going all-in on the up-tempo pace.
That was before guards Chrishae Rowe, Linnae Harper and Morgan Rich exited the program in recent weeks.
"We may have to make some adjustments to help some inexperience early on, but I think we will be a very disruptive team," Mitchell said last week. "Are we going to have to maybe slow it down a little bit from the standpoint of teaching? You start protecting the basket and then you extend your defense, so we may not press as much early, but I think this is going to be a very good pressing team before it's all said and done."
4. Destination: Rupp Arena
Kentucky probably won't find itself on any preseason top-10 lists like it has each of the past three seasons, but Mitchell said counting the Cats out will be dangerous this season.
"I think we can be as good as we've been here," Mitchell said. "I really think we can be really good."
The question is can UK come together and play for the name on the front of the jersey instead of the back.
"You've got to really be tough and everyone has got to buy in," Mitchell said. "If they do what I think they're going to do, I don't think anybody's going to be saying, 'Oh, wow. Great. We're playing Kentucky tonight.'" I think we'll be a dangerous team."
The team has extra motivation to be great at the end, though because if UK can get a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament it can play at both of its homes, hosting the first and second rounds in Memorial Coliseum and then the regional in Rupp Arena.
5. Getting to the point
After Thompson's leg injury and surgery, Epps took over the point guard duties almost full time for the Cats, leaving many to wonder what will happen this year when the senior is back fully.
Of all of his preseason concerns, this is not one that Mitchell worries about at all. There will be no point guard controversy.
"If Janee Thompson and Makayla Epps are on the floor at the same time, I think that's good for Kentucky," Mitchell said. "Two real good players, hard to guard."
Add to the mix 5-foot-6 freshman point guard Taylor Murray and you have an exceptional backcourt with speed, smarts and shooting. There have been plenty of times this preseason when all three were on the floor at the same time.
"All three of them are going to make significant contributions to our team, so that means at some point, all three of them at some point are going to have to play off the ball somewhere," he said.