Andy Katz started off his Monday morning 3-point shot with a little SEC support from John Calipari:
Kentucky coach John Calipari doesn’t want to hear about how the SEC does not have depth. Calipari was showing his conference pride late Saturday night in pumping up non-conference wins by Tennessee over Connecticut and Arkansas over Michigan. Meanwhile, Calipari does have some concerns about his Wildcats. He needs his team to be a bit more physical after Alabama pushed Kentucky quite a bit Saturday at Rupp Arena.
I don’t know who the scheduling genius is that swung two bottom tier SEC teams playing a top tier Big East and Big 10 team late in January, but that person needs a pat on the back. There was little to nothing to lose in either game. The Tennessee and Arkansas wins provided a huge face lift for a conference that hasn’t met expectations to this point in the season. The only question now will be what Kentucky’s final record will be after emerging from SEC play.
After seeing the Bama game, Coach Cal’s physicality concerns are valid and the addition of two road games this week with the mantle of a #1 ranking won’t make for easy sailing. This team has already proven that they can gut it out on the road in crunch time, however they’ll need more complete games away from Rupp to keep that zero in the SEC loss column.