Before the basketball season started we knew there were some tough games on the schedule. The team has already took on some of the toughest and proven themselves several times. Now, as the Cats near the end of their non-conference schedule it’s hard to say who will be able to stop this Cats team.
Of course we still have ULCA and Louisville left on the schedule, which looks like the toughest competition we have left, but what about in conference? Florida might be down this year, but it looks the rest of the SEC is on an upswing.
Usually we at least have Florida to look forward to helping Kentucky’s RPI’s, but with the Gators being….uhmmm….’down’ this year, at least it looks like other teams are stepping up and some might even give Kentucky a bigger run for their money.With that said. Even though the Gators are having a down year, with the type of rivalry between the two schools, they are still a team to not be overlooked. Never trust a Gator.
After good wins like blowing out Wake Forest by over 30 points, Arkansas is currently the second best team in the SEC. The current 7-2 team’s two losses came after losing to #20 Iowa State and 3-point overtime loss to Clemson in the next game. However, they will still give Kentucky nice competition when the two face off in Lexington. The Cat’s don’t have to worry about visiting the Razorbacks this year.
Then there is the LSU Tigers to look at. The tigers are also sitting at 7-2 on the season with a 9-point loss to Old Dominion and a 3-point loss to Clemson. However, LSU has proven what it can do to a top ranked team in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge when they took down then-ranked #16 West Virginia. Could they do that to the Cats? I guess we will have to wait and see.
It looks like other SEC schools are doing well this year, as well. They just don’t have any wins worth talking about. However, at this point it seems while the elite talent in conference is down, the weak teams have been on an uprise. While that rise might not be enough to stop this Kentucky team, it will be interesting to see how these teams have changed in the years past.