A few weeks ago before Kentucky began it’s final 10 game stretch of the regular season, I posted what each of UK’s Final Four teams did in their final 10 games. You saw that every Final Four team before Cal arrived had gone at least 8-2 but Calipari’s 2011 and 2014 squads went just 6-4. Nonetheless, it highlighted UK’s need to likely have a strong finish to the regular season to gain some momentum going into tournament play.
Of course, UK has been inconsistent instead. Even with the win last night, they are just 6-3 in their last 9 games with a game against LSU left. So it looks like this team will mold itself more after the 2011 and 2014 teams than those in 2012 or 2014 or really any other UK Final Four team.
But also keep in mind as we edge toward Nashville next week, EVERY Final Four team who played in the SEC Tournament made at least the championship game. So next week will be the real indicator of NCAA success.
*UK played only 8 conference games in 1941 (won SEC Tournament)
*UK played only 9 conference games in 1948 (won SEC Tournament)
1949: 10-0 (won SEC Tournament)
1951: 10-0 (SEC Tournament Runner-Up)
1958: 8-2 (no SEC Tournament held)
1966: 9-1 (no SEC Tournament held)
1975: 8-2 (no SEC Tournament held)
1978: 9-1 (no SEC Tournament held)
1984: 8-2 (won SEC Tournament)
1993: 8-2 (won SEC Tournament)
1996: 10-0 (SEC Tournament Runner-Up)
1997: 8-2 (won SEC Tournament)
1998: 8-2 (won SEC Tournament)
2011: 6-4 (won SEC Tournament)
2012: 10-0 (SEC Tournament Runner-Up)
2014: 6-4 (SEC Tournament Runner-Up)
2015: 10-0 (won SEC Tournament)