I always imagined the stock market would be so blue and computery.
College basketball ranking can be a weird thing. Losses drop you, wins raise you up, and the transitive property is never applicable. But if you don’t play, you should stay pretty consistent right? Not necessarily, according to Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis, who dropped the Wildcats from #12 to #15 after what was essentially a bye week. Should he have done it? Who cares. Mid-season rankings matter almost nothing in basketball. I’m less upset by that arbitrary drop than if we’d actually lost a game, so no worries.
But while he’s dropping us in the rankings, he does recommend buying Kentucky stock in his latest Stock Report:
Kentucky Wildcats (10-3, No. 14): BUY
What the heck, you only live once, right? Even after their win over Louisville, the Wildcats have their share of doubters, so the stock is moderately priced at the moment. The biggest question about Kentucky during the first two months was whether it would get enough backcourt leadership from the Harrison twins, and those two have been much better recently. The free throw shooting is going to be a lingering problem, but the SEC looks sufficiently weak that the Cats should be able to pile up the wins and continue to rise in the rankings.
Piling up the wins is probably about right, at least until the Cats play Florida in February. Until that point, it’s moderately-talented SEC foes for the foreseeable future, and that’s a good thing for the learning Wildcats. We’ve got by far the hardest part of the schedule out of the way already, and while we made it through with a couple of bruises, we’re alive, ranked, and ready to dominate the SEC.
And after the weekend that ranked teams just had, maybe it’s best we didn’t have a game. North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, and Oregon all lost, so it looks like we avoided some bad mojo there.