After getting through non-conference play fairly easily, the Cats move into SEC play, and the 40-0 talk is at an all time high. Many have predicted that the Wildcats will finish conference play undefeated and carry that undefeated record into the NCAA tournament. During the 2012 season, fans and media alike pointed to Kentucky’s two losses as a driving factor for their championship run. Does this team need similar losses to propel them to the title? Would we be ok with it?
Why they will not go undefeated
Simple. It’s never been done before. History is not on Kentucky’s side as no team has finished a season 40-0. The odds are against them.
Why they should lose a game
2 reasons. The first, Calipari has said he wants to keep his team “curious and not let complacency set in”. A late season loss, possibly in the SEC tournament, might motivate them to give it their all in the NCAA tournament and could take some of the historical pressure off their shoulders. The second reason, a loss may be the deciding factor in Calipari staying at Kentucky. If Kentucky were to go 40-0, Calipari may feel he has nothing left to accomplish and would be able to leave on the highest note possible,”perfection.” With the recent struggles of Cavaliers coach David Blatt, this may be the best opportunity for Cal to takes his talents to the NBA.
Why they will go 40-0
The pieces are in place. With an already historic defense and a growing offense, this is the year for it to happen. This team has a prefect mix of upper classmen and freshman and we may never see this type of balance at Kentucky ever again.