At 10-5 Kentucky’s resume is anything but stellar and the team finds themselves in desperate need of some momentum. The schedule is wide open and should allow the Cats to build a little win streak before they go to Gainesville in a month. So far this year we have only been able to string together a streak of four games when we faced the group of cupcakes in December. A five game win streak right now could certainly help bring out the best of this group and here’s how these games will shake out:
Tuesday’s game against the Vols marks the third game in five days for the Cats. Hopefully Camp Cal went a long way towards getting these guys conditioned or fatigue could certainly play a factor in this one. Tennessee has been pretty bad this year so they sit at 8-6 with an 0-2 mark in the SEC. Kentucky should have no problem with these guys but as we’ve seen you never know what this team is going to do next. They could show up and dominate the Vols or they could let Stokes and his stretching show up and give them a game. Hopefully we get the former rather than the latter.
@ Auburn Tigers
Next Saturday the Cats are back on the road as they head down to Auburn to take on the tigers. Auburn is riding some momentum as they have started league play 2-0 and only lost by 2 points to Illinois. Still their record is 8-7 and that includes some horrible losses to teams like Rhode Island and Winthrop. We’ve struggled on the road so far this year but we should have no problem taking care of the Tigers.
@ Alabama Crimson Tide
The Cats then stick around in Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide a week from Tuesday. Alabama started the year off with six wins but I guess attention shifted completely to football and they have gone 3-6 since then. That’s a record of 9-6 and they started of 1-1 in the SEC. Alabama still features Trevor Lacey and Travis Releford so they have the weapons to give the Cats a game. Kentucky is still the better team and should have no problem leaving Tuscaloosa with a win.
Okay let’s not mince word here, LSU is bad. Yeah they may have a record of 9-4 but they have played nothing but girl scouts and future rec league all stars. They’ve started the SEC with losses to Auburn and Florida so when they come to Lexington the Cats ought to be looking for their fourth win in a row. LSU is lead by KY Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey who seems to be in an on again off again relationship with his team. That could be one of the factors in the Tigers losing 4 of their last 7 and I expect that number to grow before they arrive in Lexington.
@ Ole Miss Rebels
Don’t look now but Ole Miss is the surprise of the SEC. Last night the Rebs took Missouri behind the woodshed to the tune of 65-49. That puts Mississippi at 2-o in the league and 13-2 overall. Their two losses come by a combined 5 points which is impressive even if they have played literally no one. The win over Mizzou proves that the Rebels may be legit and the team will most likely be ranked when the Wildcats make the trip to Oxford. The game offers a chance to pick up a nice win which the Cats desperately need.
So what do you think? Will the Cats be able to build some needed momentum and reel off five straight? Or will the team continue to struggle and slide closer and closer to the bubble’s edge.
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