Highlights of USC hoops coach Darrin Horn's press briefing on Friday before heading to Lexington to face the No. 22 Wildcats:
-Point guard Bruce Ellington's bruised left calf is still not 100 percent but the team's leading scorer will play. After a 6-for-20 shooting night in the loss at Tennessee, Horn said Ellington's presence and confidence are just as important to have on the floor.
-Malik Cooke will start again at shooting forward in place of an injured Lakeem Jackson. Cooke scored a career-high 22 points while getting a chance to play more on the perimeter in the 73-67 loss at Knoxville.
-Horn appears to be leaning toward starting freshman Brian Richardson at shooting guard over sophomore Ramon Galloway. Neither player has grabbed the job with consistent scoring.
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-Raised in Lexington, Horn said he plans to see his family just "briefly" during the team's stay in Kentucky.