The Kentucky Wildcats are still going through growing pains in the SEC, but it doesn’t appear to have a major effect on the team’s resume for this March.
Obviously losing to Alabama to begin the conference schedule wasn’t ideal by any means. However, Kentucky rebounded with a convincing win against Texas A&M, and the next two match-ups are very favorable for the powerhouse program.
It’s important that Kentucky handles its business in the coming days because the schedule only gets harder.
Three of the last four games in January should be tough, including a road match-up against No. 11 Auburn, a showdown with No. 14 Mississippi State and an intriguing non-conference game with No. 7 Kansas.
Right now Kentucky still needs more quality wins to prove itself as a contender. Fortunately for the Wildcats, that tough three-game stretch will provide them the chance to boost their stock heading into March.
While an 11-3 record isn’t great by John Calipari’s standards, ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi thinks it’s strong enough to warrant the No. 4 seed in the East region of his latest Bracketology.
From his updated bracket:
In the event that Lunardi’s projections remain the same, Kentucky would need to defeat Georgia State and potentially Wisconsin to set up a rematch with the Duke Blue Devils in the Sweet Sixteen, if chalk held in this scenario.
Kentucky definitely has the talent to make a run in the tournament, but there is no question that its young core has to develop more chemistry before the Big Dance.