Dick Vitale, aka Matt’s BFF (y’all heard that shout out last night, right?), is very excited about our big win over Mizzou last night. BUT, he also wants us to pump our brakes a little bit as well. In his latest blog post, he agrees that last night was a must win game, and positions us well going forward, but doesn’t quite punch our ticket to the tournament either. Here’s a bit of what he had to say:
While this was a great win for the rÃ©sumÃ©, the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) tells me there is still a lot of basketball to be played. This victory does not lock up a bid to the Big Dance. I feel that key road games ahead against Arkansas and Georgia will be crucial. There is also an opportunity to get a huge W at home against Florida. Kentucky cannot afford to stumble in its next game against a Mississippi State team that was blown out at home by Vanderbilt over the weekend.
While I agree with his point that we absolutely cannot afford to drop easy W’s like the Mississippi State game, I also think he’s missing the larger point– Last night’s game showed that we have evolved as a team. While a win over Missouri obviously does wonders for our resume, the performance itself was what was such a big deal. It proved that we are a tournament team– on paper AND on the court.
Either way though, it’s a very complimentary article that is definitely worth a read. You can check it out here.