With the regular season in the book, it’s on to the postseason. Kentucky hasn’t had the season that we all thought they would have, but that’s in the past. Put every bad loss behind you and look on to competing in the SEC tournament. Part of Kentucky’s problem is that they are Kentucky. They get every team’s best shot in every game on the schedule, no matter what caliber of team they are. I noticed over the season that players seem to have had career highs against Kentucky. I was also curious about how a certain team’s best performer against Kentucky faired in the game prior to the matchup with Kentucky and the game following it. Would they have an equally good game or would they have a Kentucky hangover? I went back to all of Kentucky’s losses to find out.
|Opponent||Top Performer||Points Before UK||Points Against UK||Points Following Game|
|Michigan State||Keith Appling||11||22||3|
|LSU||Johnny O’ Bryant III||18||29||23|
|South Carolina||Brenton Williams||7||24||26|
For the most part, players would have an average game before they played Kentucky, have a really good or career game against Kentucky, and then keep up that level of play. With Kentucky playing Friday in the SEC tournament, you can almost guarantee whoever they play will bring their A game. Now, It’s time for Kentucky to bring their A game. Go CATS!