After yesterday’s win, you can’t help but get back up on the gravy train for this Kentucky Wildcats team. For the first time this season, the Cats finally showed the fans what they’ve been wanting to see all year. Heart. Determination. Perseverance through adversity and a will to win. They finally looked like a team with an identity, as opposed to a group of talented individuals on the same court together.
I decided to look back on the past few years and see just how big of an impact the Louisville game had on Kentucky in sustaining momentum after a big win against the Cardinals. Obviously, the varying difficulty of schedules each season has an impact on how well UK played following the match up with UofL, but for the most part, in Cal’s most successful seasons here at Kentucky, the Cats didn’t do much losing after the rivalry game.
2012-2013: two losses in their next five games
2011-2012: no losses rest of regular season
2010-2011: two losses in their next five games
2009-2010: two losses rest of regular season
2008-2009: no losses in the next five games
It’s time for Kentucky to go on a tear in conference play. We’re ready for ya, SEC.