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Kentucky Will Face Hardest 3-Game Stretch In Over A Decade

Coach Cal yelling from the Kentucky sideline.

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 23: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second half at Rupp Arena on January 23, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Kentucky Wildcats are on a three-game winning streak and have been looking sharp along the way. But John Calipari's side is about to face a little bit more adversity over the next three games.

According to the Courier Journal, Kentucky's next three games will all be against ranked opponents.

The game against No. 12 Auburn will be played at Auburn Arena, while the games against No. 23 Mississippi State and No. 8 Kansas will be played at home.

It is the first time in Calipari's tenure that the Wildcats will face three straight ranked opponents, and the first time for the team since 2006.

It's worth noting that Mississippi State could lose its ranking if the Bulldogs fail to beat Vanderbilt over the weekend. With a win though, Mississippi State should almost certainly be ranked when they take on the Wildcats at Rupp Arena.

As for Kentucky's upcoming game against Auburn, the two teams have identical 13-3 records, though the Tigers have played only three SEC games versus Kentucky's four.

The Tigers are on a winning streak of their own, boasting a two-game winning streak over Georgia and Texas A&M.

Another thing the two teams have in common is that they both lost their SEC opener. Auburn lost to Ole Miss while Kentucky lost to Alabama just over a week ago.

[Courier Journal]