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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What do we Think about January Schedule?

January 8th: HOME against Mississippi State (9-3)

– The 9-3 record might be a bit misleading as the Bulldogs 9 wins have come against Prairie View, Kennesaw State, Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State, Loyola, SE Louisiana, Florida A&M, Florida Gulf Coast, and South Florida.  Point being, they’ve beat NOBODY.  They played their first quality opponent December 23rd (UNLV) and lost by 16.  At Rupp, the Bulldogs are no challenge.

January 11th: ROAD against Vanderbilt (7-4)

-Probably the most difficult game of the month, but probably for the fact of WHERE it’s being played over who it’s against.  Memorial Gym is always tough, plain and simple.  Calipari is just 2-2 there.  But the Commodores are still in rebuild mode and Saint Louis just beat Vandy by 8…..in Memorial.  Austin Peay and Marshall lost to Vandy by 2 points each…..in Memorial.  Cats should expect to win this game.

January 14th: ROAD against Arkansas (10-2)

-If Cats get through Vandy-Arkansas double, this WILL run the January schedule.  The problem with the Arkansas game is that the Hogs score the ball very well, something UK has struggled with at times.  Arkansas currently 12th in the country in scoring.  If Cats bring defensive “A game”, they should be OK.

January 18th: HOME against Tennessee (8-4)

-Keep an eye on the UT-LSU game in Baton Rouge on January 7th.  That’s because the Vols have yet to win a true road game this year and that game against LSU will be their only other chance before coming to Rupp.  Tennessee has been wildly inconsistent this season, but they don’t shoot the ball well.

January 21st: HOME against Texas A&M (8-4)

-The Aggies no longer have Elston Turner and it shows.  A&M ranks 233rd in the country in scoring.  No Turner means no chance for Texas A&M in Rupp.  By the way, the Aggies best win this season: Houston.

January 25th: HOME against Georgia (6-5)

-I think Georgia is the 13th best SEC team, also knows as the 2nd worst.  They are 258th in the RPI, they can’t score, they don’t defend, and they turn the ball over a bunch.  This team will try and slow it up and shoot a high percentage.  Even still, this is the cupcake game in January.

January 28th: ROAD against LSU (9-2)

-This could be a trap game as the Tigers have played some good teams close, losing by 2 to UMASS and 7 to Memphis.  They also have a win over Butler, although the Bulldogs have taken a step back this season.  But UK seems to have LSU’s number, beating them all 5 times under Calipari and crushing them both times in Baton Rouge.  If Cats are undefeated in January come this game, I will feel comfortable they keep it going here.

Considering the embarrassing 40-0 talk that came back to bite many in the fanbase, it’s hard to ask for perfection from this team.  But I will be surprised if UK is not 7-0 in SEC at the end of the month.  They are certainly going to be favored in each game and they only team with even a fraction of the overall talent of Kentucky is Arkansas.  So I am calling for an undefeated January heading into a much more difficult February for the Cats.  What kind of month are you looking for from this team after looking through the 7-game slate?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

24 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What do we Think about January Schedule?



  1. ThisGuy
    9:03 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    soccer ball?



  2. kentuckyjoe
    9:05 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    good summation BTI.



  3. 3 fan
    9:16 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Arkansas on the road will be hands down the toughest game of the month. Hard to win there.



  4. bung
    9:27 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    avg 15 pt wins in Jan. while learning to fast break and make assists…



  5. Obummer
    9:35 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Arkansas worries me. Always does even if the suck we always get a good game.



  6. Obummer
    9:37 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    And no pics of Stoops on OK sideline last night?



  7. BBNinCajunland
    9:40 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I am very leery of the LSU game in BR. I have seen them play a few times and they are very athletic and rebound as well as anyone. This is not a ‘trap’ game because Cal knows how good they are. I think we win in close game though.



  8. Jason
    9:47 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Based on roster alone, LSU actually has the most talent of the January schedule. The Arkansas game will have the toughest environment, but LSU has more skill. Both scary games, but if we bring a proper effort, then yes, we should run the month.



  9. Rise
    9:48 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I see us losing 2-3 road games.



    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      10:32 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

      In January, or the season? Agree with you on the season, not so much if you mean January.



  10. fencepost
    10:14 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I got to favorite teams ky and whom ever is beating ar. I live in this damn hog state But going to move back home. Go, Cat’s open up a can of whop arz against the piggys



  11. bigabes4uk
    10:23 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Wildly disagree that @ Vandy will toughest game of the month. They are absolutely TERRIBLE. @Arky followed closely by @LSU are by far and away the 2 toughest games we play all month. Those will tough tough wins.



    • Ukbradstith
      10:34 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

      You sir, are correct. It wouldn’t shock me to see us drop both Arkansas and LSU, even if we play a good game.



  12. kymover
    10:33 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t remember the Cats taking this long of a game break. How come the long break. I predict they will be rusty for the Mississippi game.



    • Ukbradstith
      10:36 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

      I agree, but overall I think this long break will be good for us. We’ll still beat miss st. easily, but probably won’t be as sharp as we should.



  13. quickie
    10:36 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Calipari has had an extended period to fix problems. I don’t see a loss in January.



  14. Ukbradstith
    10:38 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think the vandy game will be as tough as you think. I see us dropping either the Ark or Lsu game in January.



  15. Jason
    10:41 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Cal is 3-1 @ Vandy not 2-2



    • ukbradstith
      11:01 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

      How did you get the picture by your nickname?



  16. Halfcourtshots
    10:58 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Lsu is the best team we will play this month. It’s not a trap game, it’s a tough game. In that umass game they were missing one of their best players. They will likely be a tourney team.



  17. Brian
    11:48 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I’m not sure how you consider at Vandy more difficult than at Arkansas, or at LSU. And Tennessee at home, may also be more difficult. As inconsistent as they’ve been, that’s a talented team.



  18. UKBlue1!
    12:26 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    @LSU, @Vandy @Arkansas will all be tough because we need to grow up.



  19. JimAndrews
    12:54 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t see 7-0 in those games. 6-1 maybe. LSU, Arkansas, and Vandy (because of the screwed up gym) are all going to be tough. 6-1 would be awesome considering the road games.



  20. Toothless Temp
    1:17 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Oh BTI how you make me laugh. First you have an image for a soccer team and then the background color is RED!

    You are so laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy. Google image search much?