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Cats Will Look to Catch Up in January

 

The month of December began (Dec. 1st vs. Baylor) and ended with a loss for Kentucky, but in between the two losses were four straight wins and the return of its starting point guard to the lineup. The biggest concern heading into this month was the point guard position, and fortunately for the Cats, Ryan Harrow has returned to the team and solidified his spot at that position. In his final two games of December, Harrow scored 23 points vs. Marshall and 17 in a hostile environment at Louisville. For a kid who has been questioned about his toughness, it’s also important to note a combined 5 steals in the last two games for Harrow. The month of December wasn’t always pretty for Kentucky, but the major positive has to be the emergence of its point guard.

On the downside, Alex Poythress hasn’t emerged to consistently play the way Kentucky needs him to, Julius Mays is going through a slump, Archie Goodwin still makes poor decisions at times and nearly everyone on the team could use some free-throw practice.

The good news is that Kentucky has time to right the ship. SEC play is near, but the Cats won’t face a ranked team again until February 12th against Florida. January appears to be a month Kentucky can string together a nice winning streak heading into the meat of its SEC schedule, which includes three games against ranked opponents in February and March (two with Florida, one with Missouri) and a road game vs. Tennessee. January will not give Kentucky an opportunity to prove itself again on the national stage, but it will give them time to work on what is plaguing them and add to the quantity of wins it will need for its NCAA tournament resume.

Take a look at the January schedule below. The most difficult team UK will face in January is Tennessee, but the Cats will get them at Rupp for the first meeting. Vanderbilt is not the same Vanderbilt of the last several years. There’s always a chance of dropping an SEC road game, but Kentucky should be favored in every game this month. Can the Cats win-out in January?

 

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@Ole Miss

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on blogredmachine.com. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

29 Comments for Cats Will Look to Catch Up in January



  1. Steve
    9:32 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    No more losses till Feb. at least.



  2. Geez
    9:39 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Our SOS is going to be in the 200’s. What a pathetic schedule we have played. We have not beaten a team worth a [email protected] this year.



  3. Typical UK Fan
    9:46 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Them refs costed us the dad burn game.



  4. CAST
    9:51 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    We need AP to play to his potential or we could be in big trouble.
    Cal needs to work his magic on him



  5. SEC IS EMBARRASSING
    9:54 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Alabama gets beat AT HOME by TULANE!?!? Miss. State gets beat AT HOME by ALABAMA STATE,?!?! This is JUST A PATHETIC BASKETBALL CONDPFERENCE! How is Kentucky supposed to GET RANKED by playing these PRESCHOOLTEAMS!! IT’S F’N EMBARRASING!!



  6. SexnNursinHomes
    9:56 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    5- Calm down man, it’s okay. Step away from the ledge. There will be another tomorrow. Maybe.



  7. JKUK
    10:01 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    @5 and you know all those teams are gonna play 20x better against UK than they have all season. Because its UK.



  8. SEC EMBARRASSING
    10:09 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    The SEC is SO BAD that the Cats will DROP in the rankings after beating these garbage teams . . And if one or more of them beats UK.?? Hello NIT!! Pitiful.



  9. Don't forget
    10:14 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    We could get in NCAA tourney if we won the SEC tourney!!! Don’t give up



  10. BigBrother
    10:16 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I hate to say it but AL or Ol Miss will be easy games. If you remember 2 years ago we spanked UL at yum center and were riding high then we couldn’t win a game on the road in conference. And we lost to some bad SEC teams that year including AL and Ol Miss and Ark non of which made the tournament



  11. BigBrother
    10:18 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Meant to say won’t be easy at AL and Ol Miss



  12. coldspringmike
    10:22 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Got that right #7–don’t know if 20x better is even correct. Some of those guys will play out of their minds against us and never play tha well again.



  13. BigBrother
    10:23 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    At the very most this team should have bo more than 4 conference losses. I’m assuming we hold serve at home. If we only lose 4 in conference and win some SEC tourny games we could be a decent seed. Probably a 4 seed. Win the conference or conference tourny and maybe we could be a 3 seed but I doubt much higher. FL is legit man. They are real good! They are every buy as good as UL in my opinion. Young is much better than Chang in my opinion. He’s a beast down low. There is no guarantee we ever beat FL at home.



  14. Burly
    10:25 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Only close game will be Ole Miss on the road…rest of the teams stink.



  15. BigBrother
    10:25 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry for the mistypes buy touch screen sucks and so does auto correct.



  16. UK Homer
    10:28 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hate to be optimistic given our L’s so far, but we are the only team to beat Maryland thus far. Who knows how good they’ll wind up being, but their big guy could easily be a lottery pick AND #2 in the ACC is up for grabs this season. We’ve at least proven we’re not afraid to play and compete with teams like Duke and UL in OOC. We can hang our hats on Maryland and clean up (say 12-6 or better) in a weak SEC. With that, we’d be in solid 5-9 seed range depending on how everyone else turns out.



  17. Katdaddy
    10:33 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldn’t be shocked if we lost in january. Everybody thinks were good now we come back on ul. Came back on duke also and have lost three games since.



  18. SexnNursinHomes
    10:34 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    15- no worries, my touch screens takes me to random massage parlors and fortunately, auto correct helps this facilitation.



  19. BUCats
    11:08 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Our SOS according to Jerry Palm is 32 right now. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/rankings/rpi/index1



  20. Bleeding Blue
    11:13 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I think Cal should go after this year. We should never be out of the top 25 for as long as we have been.



  21. ^Troll^
    12:46 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    20) Yeah, right…



  22. BBN
    3:25 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone commenting on this post is over-reacting. First of all, there’s no way this team is going to the NIT. They’ll be a 6 six at least. Second of all, the SEC is not that bad of a basketball conference. Entering last week, the SEC had two teams in the top 10. I’m sure almost any other conference would love to be in that position. And lastly, @20, I think you might be retarded. Why would you ever fire a coach with one loss at home in 3 1/2 years and a national championship, plus 5 straight number 1 recruiting classes. You know nothing.



  23. Big Whoop
    4:22 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    BBN, I agree. This is not an NIT team. This team will at least make it to the Sweet 16. I see three SEC losses and a conference championship. We will, most likely, split with Florida and Missouri and lose to UT in Knoxville. Then we will win the SEC tournament to capture a 4 seed.

    In no particular order: #1 seeds – Michigan, Louisville, Duke and Kansas. # 2 Seeds – Florida, Indiana, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. #3 Seeds – Arizona, Gonzaga, Ohio State and UNLV. #4 Seeds – Minnesota, Kentucky, Notre Dame and UNC/Maryland/UCLA or Cincinnati.

    That UNC/Maryland/UCLA one is the big question because the pickers will love those teams regardless of records. JMHO.



  24. Troll
    8:22 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    We only win once every four years so today we will talk smack like its 2008!



  25. Troll
    8:24 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    No one is overreacting here. This post is 80% trolls. We only get to do this once every 4 years so we must live it up while we can!



  26. G
    8:25 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    Tennessee will hold them under 55 points even at Rupp, which is OK since UT can’t score either.



  27. Duffus
    8:32 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    Duffus says:

    Last year Nat title # 8
    This year great eight!!!



  28. H.A. Milton
    9:30 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    All this team needs is Poythress to show up, and everyone to hit some free throws and they are good. That being said, starting conference play @Vandy is serious business. Also, Tennessee and @Bama will not be strolls in the park either. Loserville and Puke are the top two teams in the country and Kentucky will be right there with them come March, and BBN will ‘have a special place in our hearts’ for this team, just like Knight’s team.



  29. ToothLessInBugTussleKy
    9:38 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    Tha $EC iz the bestest confurance eva!! If’ns we winz a few wez shore ta be in tha NIT.