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Ranking Kentucky’s Remaining Games By Difficulty

(Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

(Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

Kentucky has seven games left in the regular season; according to the ESPN Basketball Power Index, they should only win three of them.

As we have throughout the conference season, let’s rank the remaining games from hardest to easiest (although, if there’s one thing this team has proved, it’s that nothing’s easy).

 

1. @ Auburn

Wednesday, February 14

No. 8 Auburn lost by one to Texas A&M at home last night, but per the BPI, Wednesday’s game is still the toughest on Kentucky’s schedule. The last time Kentucky played at Auburn, Bruce Pearl got his first win over John Calipari as the head coach of the Tigers, so you know that place will be rocking for the late tip on Valentine’s Day.

ESPN BPI Win Probability: 24.0%


2. @ Texas A&M

Saturday, February 10

The Aggies are starting to resemble the squad picked to win the SEC before the season began, as showcased by last night’s upset over No. 8 Auburn. Kentucky beat Texas A&M by one back in early January, but in College Station with the Aggies riding a three-game winning streak, Saturday could be a totally different story.

ESPN BPI Win Probability: 31.8%


3. @ Florida

Saturday, March 3

Florida beat Kentucky by two in Rupp last month, and even though the Gators have lost two of their last three, knocking them off on Senior Day in Gainesville will be a tall task.

ESPN BPI Win Probability: 34.5%


4. @ Arkansas

Tuesday, February 20

The Razorbacks lost back-to-back games on the road at Texas A&M and LSU before getting back on track with a win over South Carolina at home. Still, the BPI thinks less of Kentucky’s chances in Fayetteville than it did a week ago, lowering Kentucky’s win probability from 40.6% to 38.5%.

ESPN BPI Win Probability: 38.5%


5. vs. Missouri

Saturday, February 24

Missouri beat Kentucky by nine in Columbia last Saturday, but the BPI likes Kentucky’s chances at getting revenge in Rupp in a few weeks.

ESPN BPI Win Probability: 71.6%


6. vs. Alabama

Saturday, February 17

Next Saturday’s game comes at a crucial time for Kentucky. The Cats will be coming off the toughest stretch of the season, with road games at Texas A&M and Auburn. Alabama has been better this year, with a mega star in Collin Sexton, but thankfully, this game takes place in Lexington, not Tuscaloosa.

ESPN BPI Win Probability: 74.4%


7. vs. Ole Miss

Wednesday, February 28

Kentucky’s best chance of winning will be vs. Ole Miss in the final home game of the season. Not only are the Rebel Black Bear Landsharks riding a four-game losing streak, it’s been 20 years since they’ve won in Rupp Arena.

ESPN BPI Win Probability: 85.4%

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for Ranking Kentucky’s Remaining Games By Difficulty



  1. Jimi40
    8:41 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

    UK goes 3-4 in the final stretch

    Loses in SEC quarterfinals

    Barely makes NCAA Tournament as a 8 Seed

    Loses in Sweet 16.

    Next Year they can make a run.



    • 96ChampionBestTeamEver
      9:34 am February 9, 2018 Permalink

      At 12 losses I don’t think they get in, although the field is pretty down overall this year so who knows. I’m still hoping they figure it out.



  2. TB112162
    8:59 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

    Jimi 40 that result would make us 21-12 that would be a 10 or 11 seed which means we would have to beat a 6 or 7 possible and then a 2 or 3 probably not



    • KYJelly
      10:11 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

      Most years, but not necessarily this year



  3. BigBlueNationDude
    9:09 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

    2-5 finish. Mark it down



  4. mhs1964
    9:22 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

    We’ve been complaining for years about the weakness of the SEC. Perhaps that weakness allowed some of our younger teams to mature without getting beat so often.



  5. IAmTheDanger
    9:50 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

    And puke about to go down again….too bad unc has to win.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:04 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

      I was hoping for the lights to go out….and they couldn’t get them back on.



    • IAmTheDanger
      10:21 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

      Lol…so I guess they both get a #1 seed now. Guarantee the tourney committee will give the jackasses in Durham a cakewalk and a special invitation to the final 4. Makes me ill.



    • 4everUKblue
      4:35 am February 9, 2018 Permalink

      The dUKe cakewalk is an annual event. Sorry Catsby80, still not impressed with K. 38 yrs at the same school, the best talent every year, even before the one and done era and didn’t get out of the sweet 16 in 8 different seasons including last season. NCAA holds hands with them during the tourney, they can’t possibly get more breaks. NCAA violations?…..move along nothing to see here.

      Sure hope you’re reading this Catsby.



  6. 4everUKblue
    4:38 am February 9, 2018 Permalink

    I’m waiting for the day when dUKe wins the tournament without leaving Durham. They’ve gotten every other advantage.



  7. luke_emberton
    12:19 pm February 9, 2018 Permalink

    say 3-4 if we’re lucky I don’t wanna play Alabama