The Wildcats have had an interesting year so far. We kicked things off with a huge win against Michigan State (#1 at the time). Maxey was fantastic in that game with 26 points and some huge shots including a long three with a minute left to put us up one and eventually the win. The next week Kentucky was the top dog with a seemingly easy schedule through the middle of December. Then, Evansville happened. Kentucky was a 24.5 point favorite and took the L thanks to Walter McCarty’s team. The team would take back-to-back losses to Utah and Ohio State before beating Louisville and starting conference play. Kentucky has only beat one ranked team since that game against Louisville and that was our out of conference game against Texas Tech. The only other ranked team the Wildcats have played since was Auburn and they took the win at home. The conference play has been kind to Kentucky so far and the Wildcats have taken advantage of it going 10-2 and sitting in 1st place in the conference.
Tonight’s LSU matchup is huge for the conference title. If we win, we will have the tie-breaker and a two game lead on LSU. Playing three games against rivals in Florida twice and Tennessee could result in at least one loss. Then there is our game against Auburn. If Auburn and Kentucky take care of business in the rest of their games, this game will have the chance to be for the regular season SEC title. Going into the SEC Tournament seeding is important but not the end all be all. Since Cal started coaching Kentucky, the Wildcats have been a 1 or 2 seed every year except 2018. The first two years were before Texas A&M and Missouri joined the SEC so they were 1st in the East in 2010 and 2nd in 2011. In those 10 years Kentucky has won the Tournament 5 times. The whole picture will be much clearer after the Auburn game and we can all start talking about potential matchups.