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Kentucky players weigh in on Reid Travis — plus other takeaways.

Kentucky’s PJ Washington tells why team is skipping spring break

UK sophomore PJ Washington talks about why he and his Kentucky teammates decided not go home for spring break this week — following the team's win over Florida on Saturday.
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UK sophomore PJ Washington talks about why he and his Kentucky teammates decided not go home for spring break this week — following the team's win over Florida on Saturday.

Five takeaways from Kentucky’s interview session devoted to player awards and previewing the SEC Tournament:

1. Reid Travis participated fully in Monday’s workout, more than one player said. How did he look? Like his old self.

2. Keldon Johnson acknowledged that he had to be a more mature presence on the court. He said he’s learned to accept whatever calls are made and any adversity that comes his way.

3. PJ Washington expressed appreciation for being voting to the All-SEC first teams in balloting by coaches and media. But he had no problem with Tennessee forward Grant Williams being Player of the Year. His focus, he said, is on a different goal: the national championship.

4. Tyler Herro and Johnson spoke of their two-man chemistry in games. It’s not unusual to see them make well-timed passes to each other that result in scoring opportunities.

5. Ashton Hagans broke from standard operating procedure. He did not deny that UK had a preference in opponent in Friday’s quarter-finals. The Cats want to play Alabama. The Cats haven’t forgotten losing at Alabama in the opening game of the SEC schedule.

Next game

No. 4 Kentucky vs. Mississippi or Alabama

What: SEC Tournament quarterfinals

When: 7 p.m. EDT Friday

Where: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

TV: SEC Network

SEC Tournament

At Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

Wednesday’s first round

Missouri vs. Georgia, 7 p.m. (SEC)

Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt, 9:30 p.m. (SEC)

Thursday’s second round

Florida vs. Arkansas, 1 p.m. (SEC)

Auburn vs. Missouri-Georgia winner, 3:30 p.m. (SEC)

Mississippi vs. Alabama, 7 p.m. (SEC)

Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M-Vanderbilt winner, 9:30 p.m. (SEC)

Friday’s quarterfinals

LSU vs. Florida-Arkansas winner, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

South Carolina vs. Auburn—Missouri-Georgia winner, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Kentucky vs. Mississippi-Alabama winner, 7 p.m. (SEC)

Tennessee vs. Mississippi State—Texas A&M-Vanderbilt winner, 9:30 p.m. (SEC)

All-SEC

The Associated Press and the league’s coaches named their All-SEC teams and award winners on Tuesday:

ASSOCIATED PRESS

First Team — Daniel Gafford, Arkansas; PJ Washington, Kentucky; Tremont Waters, LSU; Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State; Grant Williams, Tennessee

Second Team — Jordan Bone, Tennessee; Jared Harper, Auburn; Admiral Schofield, Tennessee; Breein Tyree, Mississippi; Chris Silva, South Carolina

Awards — Player of the Year: Grant Williams, Tennessee; Coach of the Year: Kermit Davis, Mississippi; Newcomer of the Year: Tyler Herro, Kentucky

COACHES

First Team — Daniel Gafford, Arkansas; PJ Washington, Kentucky; Tremont Waters, LSU; Breein Tyree, Mississippi; Quindarry Weatherspoon, Mississippi State; Chris Silva, South Carolina; Admiral Schofield, Tennessee; Grant Williams, Tennessee

Second Team — Bryce Brown, Auburn; Jared Harper, Auburn; Nicolas Claxton, Georgia; Tyler Herro, Kentucky; Keldon Johnson, Kentucky; Skylar Mays, LSU; Terence Davis, Mississippi; Jordan Bone, Tennessee

All-Freshman Team — Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama; Isaiah Joe, Arkansas; Andrew Nembhard, Florida; Tyler Herro, Kentucky; Keldon Johnson, Kentucky; Naz Reid, LSU; Reggie Perry, Mississippi State; A.J. Lawson, South Carolina

All-Defensive Team — Donta Hall, Alabama; Daniel Gafford, Arkansas; Ashton Hagans, Kentucky; Tremont Waters, LSU; Chris Silva, South Carolina

Awards — Coach of the Year: Kermit Davis, Mississippi; Player of the Year: Grant Williams, Tennessee; Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Skylar Mays, LSU; Freshman of the Year: Keldon Johnson, Kentucky; Sixth-Man of the Year: Hassani Gravett, South Carolina; Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Tremont Waters, LSU; Ashton Hagans, Kentucky

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