Kentucky faces a very important week of games this week with visits from Mississippi State and Kansas on the schedule. After last weekend’s win over Auburn, it seems the Cats are close to righting the ship and their NCAA Tournament resume has started to build. But UK needs a few more marquee wins to really try and lock down a 2-seed and this week provides a great opportunity.
It also will mark a rare occurrence for UK fans. This will mark the first time in 13 years that UK will play three consecutive regular season games against ranked opponents. Since 1992, it has only happened SIX times, and only in 2 of those instances did UK finish undefeated in that stretch:
#11 UMASS (Win), #3 Arkansas (Loss), at #14 Syracuse (Loss)
#16 Utah (Win), #22 Maryland (Win), #8 Arizona (Loss)
#25 Notre Dame (Win), #4 Tennessee (Win), at #21 Ole Miss (Loss), at #18 Alabama (Loss)
#10 Notre Dame (Win), #24 Auburn (Win), at #15 Alabama (Win)
#9 North Carolina (Win), #20 Vanderbilt (Win), at #20 Mississippi State (Win)
at #21 LSU (Loss), at #11 Tennessee (Win), #17 Florida (Loss)
UK is faced with a unique situation this week. Not only a chance to face three straight high level opponents but the chance to beat them all. Most UK teams have not been able to. The ones who were? Two #1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Just sayin.