Welcome to the final month of the year and the four weeks which could see Kentucky play their toughest stretch of six games until the NCAA tournament. The Cats are still platooning with a perfect record and their closest game being a 19-point margin. Can they keep it up over this next month? Let’s breakdown the schedule and see.
Vs # 6 Texas
Current Record: 6-0
Texas showed they have what it takes to win in a tough road environment when they picked up a win over UCONN in the final seconds yesterday. The Cats’ big men could be in for their toughest test all season as the Longhorns will bring Myles Turner and Johnathan Holmes to Lexington. Even with comparable size it’s hard to see Texas, without starting PG Isaiah Taylor, picking up a road win in Rupp. I predict a Cats win after a tight first half.
Current Record: 4-1
The Cats will welcome their neighbor from just down the road for yet another double-header weekend. EKU finished last season winning seven straight and capturing the OVC tournament championship. The Colonels have feasted on cupcakes to start this season will have their hands full when they take on the Commonwealth’s team. I predict Eric Stutz and his flowing locks will be a hit on the live blog as the Cats win with ease.
Current Record: 4-1
One final tune-up before heading on to the marquee opponents on the schedule. The Lions are shooting just 40% against teams that you’d need Wikipedia to know what state they’re in. This one’s going to be ugly.
VS #12 North Carolina
Current Record: 5-1
The Tarheels may have overlooked Butler in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament but they responded nicely with wins over UCLA and Florida. UNC has the athletes to match-up with Kentucky at several positions and Marcus Paige could be the most dangerous player on the floor. Last year Paige burned the Cats with 21 points in the second half. This year the improved defense of Andrew Harrison is going to keep that from happening. The Tarheels will need to find their shooting touch if they are going to keep up with big blue.
Current Record: 5-2
Our newest perennial opponent will meet us in Chicago for the inaugural CBS Sports classic. The Bruins begun the year inside the top 25 but losses to Oklahoma and UNC have sent them back into the unranked masses. We will know if UCLA will bring any fight to the Windy City after they take on Kyle Wiltjer & #9 Gonzaga on the 13th. As of now it looks like an likely win over a team that allowed Montana State to put up 78 points.
@ #5 Louisville
Current Record: 5-0
Not going to lie, the Cards have looked better than expected through the first month of the season. They currently lead the nation in rebounding with 48 per game but to be fair they haven’t played anybody. That will change tomorrow when the Cards take on Ohio State in the Yum Center. The Buckeyes will showcase whether the Cards are legit or just the product of an easy schedule. Cal may be 6-1 against little brother but the first road game of the year is the toughest test of the season for the Cats.
What do you think Kentucky’s record will be for the month of December?