Scottie doesn’t know, but he looks like a douchier Joaquin Phoenix.
Umm… that we’re boned?
If you didn’t catch last night’s Florida/Missouri game, then you really missed out. It might have been one of the best SEC games so far this season, with the Tigers coming back from 13 down in the second half to win by three behind some tenacious guard play. It was a fun game to watch, but if you’re like me, it’s not a fun game to think about. Not because the outcome was bad, or the basketball itself was poor. But because it likely means Kentucky’s road to the NCAA tournament is even harder than we thought.
It’s been said by a lot of folks who are paid
a lot of some money to know, that for Kentucky to make the tournament, they’d have to go at least 4-2 over their last six games. Many are saying that needs to be more like 5-1, with a signature win over either Florida or Mizzou, both of which are at home. Well, if you were looking last night, you might have seen two teams that are just flat-out better than Kentucky. Florida started out scorching lava hot, went Sharon Stone-cold, and then turned it back on again, like elite teams are able to do. Mizzou dug itself out of a huge hole, and have the inside-outside duo (Pressey and Oriakhi) to give almost any team a headache. So after watching the game, I’ll ask you:
Would you rather have one almost impossible game, or two pretty difficult ones?
The end of the season looked like it was going to be the former, with Florida steam-rolling every SEC opponent except Arkansas. Now, things are looking more like the latter, with at least two very good teams left on the schedule. And we need to beat at least one of them. In a different year, this would be a great opportunity. It would give the Cats an extra chance at one of those “signature wins” the committee folks are always talking about. We already have one against Ole Miss, and maybe another against Maryland, but one or two often isn’t enough. This year, though, the team hasn’t shown that they have the “will to win” difficult games, so putting two more on the schedule where only one once was is a pretty discouraging thing. If only the committee looked at “pretty close losses,” we could count the Duke and Louisville games in our favor. But I bet they won’t.
Bottom line, three of the six teams left on the schedule are Florida, and the two SEC teams that beat them. We’ve got to win two out of those three games, and unless there’s been some drastic turnaround since Saturday, I don’t see how that happens.
So while I enjoyed last night’s game, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t scare me.