Kentucky lost to lowly Georgia Thursday, 72-62, and Big Blue Nation is officially in panic mode. The Wildcats chances to reach the NCAA Tournament suddenly don’t look good. In fact, one could argue they need to reach the final of the SEC Tournament to have any shot at dancing.
Here’s their weak resume:
Record: 20-10, 11-6 in the SEC. They’re in a logjam for 2nd currently with a slew of other mediocre teams on the bubble – Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama.
RPI before the Georgia loss: 53
SOS before the Georgia loss: 78
RPI Top 25 record: 0-3
RPI Top 26-50 record: 1-1 (beat Missouri at home two weeks ago)
Last 7 games: 3-4, all losses on the road
Kentucky will need a minor miracle to beat Florida at home Saturday, and then there’s the SEC tournament, which is actually wide open as long as you’re not in Florida’s half of the bracket.
It should be noted UK is 3-4 since Nerlens Noel went down against Florida in February. Fairly soon, the question is going to be, “so, who comes back next year to this team given how stacked the recruiting class is?”