After several missteps at the start of the season, the Cats appear to have finally hit their stride over the past month. Apart from their really weird collapse at Tennessee, Kentucky has resembled the pre-season top five team they were expected to be in every game since their January 17th loss at Auburn, and the computers are starting to notice. After hovering around in the high-teens/low-twenties for the majority of the season, UK moved into 9th place in KenPom’s ratings this morning.
This shift puts them directly ahead of Louisville and Duke – which would seem to make sense, given that Kentucky has already beat both teams this season. However, Sagarin ratings currently has UK behind the two squads in 11th place. Though the difference seems arbitrary, it’s an important distinction for the BBN. Get your sh*t together, Jeff.
Will Kentucky sustain its momentum? Or is the team still prone to more UT-like losses? I’m hoping for the former.