It’s been a rough week for Kentucky fans, but it’s Monday, which means it’s time to turn the page and get over the Big Blue funk. Things may seem grim right now, but there are still plenty of reasons for optimism; I came up with five.
1. Senior Day is Saturday
Sixteen seniors will play their final game in Kroger Field on Saturday, including Josh Allen, Mike Edwards, Darius West, CJ Conrad, and Bunchy Stallings. It’s likely Benny Snell’s last home game as well. The last few weeks have been disappointing, but fans owe it to the seniors — many who passed on the NFL to return to Kentucky and help the program take the next step — to show up early to give them a proper sendoff.
2. We’re still probably going to a great bowl
So a New Year’s Six bowl is out. Arizona is too far away anyways. Most bowl projections have Kentucky playing in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on January 1, a dream too big for most of us before the season. Hello, 70-degree weather and sunshine. Don’t mind if I stay an extra day and check out Disney World and Harry Potter World.
If Kentucky loses another game…well, let’s not go there. This is a positive post.
3. UK Soccer is having a historic season
The men’s soccer team won the Conference USA Tournament for the first time in program history yesterday after clinching the regular season title last week. The Cats have won seven matches in a row and will enter the NCAA Tournament with a record of 17-1-1. We’ll find out their seed later this afternoon. We’ve been let down a lot by our top ten Cats recently, but the No. 3 men’s soccer team is legit.
4. UK Volleyball is undefeated in the SEC
The volleyball team moved to 20-4 yesterday with a 3-0 win over Alabama, its sixth straight sweep. Junior Leah Edmond tied her own record with 21 kills, the most in a three-set conference match by any SEC player this season. Craig Skinner’s squad is ranked 11th in the country and is in total control of the SEC with a 14-0 conference record. You can watch them play at Arkansas on ESPNU Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
5. Basketball has…time to get better
Look, finding a positive for Kentucky Basketball after last week wasn’t easy. These Cats are clearly way behind where we thought they would be, but the one thing they’ve got is time to put things together before their next big test. Six straight home games vs. beatable teams will give John Calipari ample opportunity to experiment with lineups and play the players who earn minutes. Why one of those games has to take place at 9 p.m. on a Wednesday is beyond me, but hey, at least there’s no Friday night game this week.
See, there are positives; you’ve just got to find them.