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Bubble teams dominate UK’s remaining schedule

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Though this Kentucky team has been playing markedly better since the end of January, injuries and exhaustion are beginning to plague the ‘Cats. In order to keep their spot at the top of the conference while the team heals up, it would really help if UK had a couple of fluff games between now and the SEC tournament. Instead, the rest of the teams Kentucky plays in the regular season are all fighting for an NCAA tournament berth. What luck!

Let’s take a look at each of the remaining teams on Kentucky’s schedule and see what they stand to gain from a victory.

Alabama

Record: 16-10
BPI: 73rd
Current tourney status: 12 seed, Last four in

After yesterday’s loss to Mississippi State, the Crimson Tide should find themselves on the wrong side of the bubble in Lunardi’s next update. With UK being the last tournament team Alabama faces in the regular season, they will need to win this game to get their tourney hopes back on track. Unfortunately for them, Rupp Arena isn’t an ideal place for this to happen.

Vanderbilt

Record: 16-11
BPI: 28th
Current tourney status: First four out

Many pundits predicted that Vanderbilt would compete with UK for an SEC crown this season. Many pundits were wrong. Though Kevin Stallings has underachieved this year, the ‘Dores are still fighting to make the tournament, and a win at Memorial is rarely an easy task. With games remaining at Florida and Texas AM, Vandy has a couple of other opportunities to add quality wins. Still, they’re certainly hoping to protect home court against UK and pick up a win that could push them into the tournament.

Florida

Record: 17-10
BPI: 29th
Current tourney status: 7 seed

After losing to USC lite yesterday, Florida will probably find themselves in the 8-9 seed range in the upcoming bracketology. Though their position seems relatively solid, their next two games are against Vanderbilt and at LSU. If the Gators drop one of those, the UK game will suddenly turn into a must-win if UF wants to avoid the bubble.

LSU

Record: 16-11
BPI: 60th
Current tourney status: 11 seed, Last four byes

Like Alabama and Florida, LSU also lost yesterday. Their defeat came at Tennessee, which will probably put the Tigers out of the field in Lunardi’s next bracketology. LSU can still pick up decent wins at Arkansas and at home against Florida. But a sweep of the Cats is just what Ben Simmons needs to avoid becoming the first number one overall pick to miss the tournament in 38 years.

What do you think? Is this schedule a cause for concern? Or will UK continue rolling?

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

7 Comments for Bubble teams dominate UK’s remaining schedule



  1. The Rest of the story
    7:50 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    Possible 3 loses there, at Florida, at Vandy and home with LSU. So much depends on when Willis gets back and I do not see that happening anytime soon. That spring looked nasty. Cats have no one like him to take his place. His size and shooting cannot be duplicated by anyone on this team and he was the key to the recent success for the Cats. We are now down to to scorers in Ulis and Murray. Only real hope is that Brisco suddenly can hit mid range shots. Gotta start Humphries too just for his rebounding and size. Cal needs to put Skal at the end of the bench but that will not happen.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:51 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

      You are a goddamn idiot or a troll. Which one is it? You tell us.



  2. 2thepoint
    8:48 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    I agree every last game can definitely be a loss. I look for Alabama to be a win, but other than that I am not sure although they have a score to settle with LSU. Simmons smirks need to get plastered on his face, but I will take a win if we can get it. Skal definitely needs to be far down the bench. He has no business staying at UK for next season, because Humphreys is becoming the big guy we have been looking for all year. Figure in Tai in the mix of bigs and Skal doesn’t stand a chance plus with Bam coming in there is no place for him. He also has no business putting his name in the mix for the NBA. So what should he do, but be at least a 3 year guy at UK.

    I think if Tyler can bounce back making shots and Murray as well we can be OK as long as Isaac and Lee play fairly well. If Alex can give some good minutes great and Briscoe just need to stop shooting outside.



    • Rixter
      10:53 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

      you said Skal shouldn’t come back to UK next year, then in the next sentence you said he should be a 3 year player here. Which one?



  3. WeareBBN
    8:57 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    You answered your own question, if you are on the bubble you are a fluff team. Of course even a fluff team is better than UT, Auburn and at least 3 other of our losses. The SEC is horrible, may only get 2 teams in and we are still struggling to win it. Love Tyler and Murray has become a beast, well on the offensive end, but the rest of the team is average and inside we are below average. Hope the guards can carry us in the tourney but will depend on the match ups, if we get any physical teams we lose. I would bet if you looked back at stats any team that gives up 20 offensive rebounds got crushed, shows how bad A&M is to have to win at the buzzer, plus they lost 5 of last 7 prior to us.



  4. syrin23
    9:13 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    LSU has no business being in the tournament. Simmons hasn’t made that team a winning team.



  5. Wah Wah
    9:22 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    When Skal fell on that last play…lol

    It’s almost like he’s never played basketball before.