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What Tennessee’s win over Florida means for Kentucky

Tennessee’s win over Florida last night definitely shook up the race for the SEC regular season championship. Here are your updated SEC Conference standings:

Florida 12-3
Alabama 11-4

Kentucky 10-4

Ole Miss 9-5
Tennessee 9-6
Missouri 8-6
Arkansas 8-6
LSU 7-7
Georgia 7-7
Texas A&M 6-8
Vanderbilt 5-9
South Carolina 3-11
Auburn 3-12
Miss. State 2-12

If Kentucky wins out AND Florida beats Alabama and Vanderbilt, the Cats will tie the Gators for a share of the SEC Regular Season Title. However, because the Cats lost to both Florida and Alabama once, the Gators will still be the #1 seed in the SEC Tournament. But, it could ensure that the Cats will get a bye in the SEC Tournament, which could be more crucial than ever.

Now, Tennessee’s win does complicate matters when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. They’ve shot up the radar all the way to the first team out of Joe Lunardi’s adjusted Bracketology, and Kentucky certainly doesn’t need any more competition on the bubble. After it looked like only one or two SEC teams would make the Tournament, six SEC teams are now in or on the bubble in Lunardi’s projections: Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Tennessee.

Who would have thought a few weeks ago that we’d be back in the race for the SEC title?

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22 Comments for What Tennessee’s win over Florida means for Kentucky

  1. UK Fan
    12:02 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty simple, really….keep winning and none of this matters. Lose and live with the consequences.

  2. B-man
    12:08 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Really, the Cats just need to finish in the top 4 to get first and second round byes:

    Of course, UK Fan (#1) has it right…just keep winning and the Cats we’ll have no worries.

  3. B-man
    12:09 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Oops..not we’ll…”will”

  4. Tom Blevins
    12:20 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Winning is job 1 for Kentucky’s team. We can’t do anything about the other teams in the SEC (unless it’s the team we’re playing at the time.) It starts with a victory over Mississsippi State tonight. Go Big Blue!

  5. MN CAT
    12:24 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    We will probably face another SEC bubble team in the SEC tournament–effectively a “play in” game for the NCAAs.

  6. theWilkman
    12:25 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    I know Matt said it normally doesn’t, but does margin of victory come into play when comparing teams that went 1-1 vs each other? For example, if UK and UT are the same in the Selection Committee’s eyes, does the blowout in Knoxville come back to bite us?

  7. WWMKGD?
    12:43 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Being two games back from FLA, wouldn’t the Cats need FLA to lose one game in addition to the Cats beating them in RUPP?

  8. Jimmy Dykes Caddy
    12:52 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    # 7, If Uk were to win all remaining games they would be tied, SEC record wise, with FLA. They presently only trail FLA by one game.

  9. Jimmy Dykes Caddy
    12:55 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Tennesse’s win over FLA will only help UK.
    Remember, they also have one win over Tennessee.
    The stronger the SEC becomes the better for UK.
    Frankly, I could see about 3 SEC teams sneaking in on the bubble come selection day.

  10. RealCatsFan
    1:11 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Amazing how much difference a week can make! Last week I would have thought a win over Florida was impossible, but after watching the Cats against Mizzou, if they can tighten up their interior defense a little bit, and Willie can stay out of foul trouble, and they rebound like they did on Saturday, I really think they have a chance to win on March 9. This team seemed to draw a lot of energy from the crowd Saturday night, so it will be important for our fans to really bring it for the UF game. I would like to see us exact a little revenge in the Gators – I know losing Nerlens was a freak accident that was not the fault of anyone with the Florida program, but since it happened in a loss to them it has special meaning. GO CATS!

  11. therealjconkwright
    1:13 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Chad Ford’s updated NBA prospects Noel # 2- Noel is still experiencing swelling in his knees and doesn’t yet have his ACL repair surgery scheduled. Once doctors go in and get a better picture of the injury and his recovery time, we’ll have a better feel for Noel’s draft stock. Every NBA scout and GM I’ve spoken with says that, assuming that there isn’t anything unique about Noel’s tear, they still have him as a top-five pick, and a number of GMs who said two weeks ago that they would be reluctant to take him No. 1 overall are softening their stance. He’s the top talent on this Big Board and was No. 1 from July 1 all the way until the injury. I think there’s a very good chance he ends the season No. 1 as well.

  12. WWMKGD?
    1:18 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    #8 – I’m an idiot. Was simply going by the records above and didn’t account for Florida having played one more game to this point. Yes, we should be only one game back after tonight.

  13. therealjconkwright
    1:23 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    AP #12- Will the real Alex Poythress please stand up? Is he the passive, confused tweener who took just four shots and grabbed four rebounds in an embarrassing loss to Tennessee? Or, is he the super athletic beast who scored 21 points and grabbed seven boards in a huge win against Missouri on Saturday? The former Poythress looks like he’s light years away from the NBA. The latter looks the part of a top-five pick. If Poythress ever gets it mentally and puts together a string of dominant games, he’ll make huge leaps up the board. As for now, he’s stuck as a project in the late lottery.

  14. therealjconkwright
    1:24 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    WCS #13- After moving Cauley-Stein up our board in the wake of the Nerlens Noel injury, he responded with a major dud — a two-point, two-rebound performance against Tennessee. Since then, however, he’s starting to live up to his potential. He was awesome against Vanderbilt, scoring 20 points, grabbing 7 boards and blocking 3 shots. While he was not as dominant on the offensive end against Missouri (just seven points) he grabbed 12 boards and blocked seven shots against the Tigers. If his game continues to mature, he has all of the abilities of a top-10 pick.

  15. therealjconkwright
    1:25 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Archie #19- Goodwin broke out of a horrific shooting slump last week against both Vanderbilt and Missouri on Saturday. In fact, he hit his first 3-pointer (two of them, actually) since a game against Texas A&M on Jan. 12. Given that Goodwin is a shooting guard, that’s not a good thing. He clearly has the athletic ability to be a dominant pro, but he’s still wild and plays out of control (see his seven turnovers against Missouri). Someone will take him based on his raw talent, but he really needs another season at Kentucky.

  16. Kevin C.
    1:30 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    It never ceases to amaze/amuse me that Billy Donovan’s teams (B2B champs aside) always fall apart this time of the year, after amazing starts.

  17. Jus Sayin
    1:33 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    We WILL lose at ARK. We are a bad road team. They need a win. They beat Florida and Mizzou there.
    We gotta make sure we take care of Miss State and UGA. A loss against Florida wont hurt us.

  18. chickabowow
    1:47 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    If you read this post in the voice of Hubie Brown, it all makes sense…

  19. kybigblue
    2:09 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Billy D. teams have sailed through Jan. before only to come back to the pack or fall behind with loses in Feb. The year after UF won it’s first NCAA title with every starter back they looked like they would go undefeated in the SEC until Feb.

  20. Chicago Chris
    3:02 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    No choice but to control their own destiny. Win.

  21. Chicago Chris
    3:03 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    #6 – I think we’d get a pass because of having just lost Noel for that game. The scoring margin just didn’t make sense as a measure of how the teams would normally stack against each other.

  22. FrankfortCatFan
    5:11 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t ever ever ever bet on Florida. They are the worst team taking care of the ball in the closing minutes of tight games. Jacking up threes when a two will do. Live by the three, due by the three. Typical Donavan teams. The two championship teams were an anomaly.