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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Toughest 3-Game Stretch of the Calipari Era?

Jan 19, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Reid Travis (22) makes a shot against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

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:

1994 (1-2)
#11 UMASS (Win), #3 Arkansas (Loss), at #14 Syracuse (Loss)

2000 (2-1)
#16 Utah (Win), #22 Maryland (Win), #8 Arizona (Loss)

2001 (2-2)
#25 Notre Dame (Win), #4 Tennessee (Win), at #21 Ole Miss (Loss), at #18 Alabama (Loss)

2003 (3-0)
#10 Notre Dame (Win), #24 Auburn (Win), at #15 Alabama (Win)

2004 (3-0)
#9 North Carolina (Win), #20 Vanderbilt (Win), at #20 Mississippi State (Win)

2006 (1-2)
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.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

3 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Toughest 3-Game Stretch of the Calipari Era?

  1. SuperTroy18
    10:07 am January 22, 2019 Permalink

    I think the toughest one is already a W. As long as we can stay focused tonight and beat MSU, I think our guys will be ready for Saturday’s big one. Tonight is the trap game. MSU is talented and experienced. Rupp won’t scare them one bit.

  2. Wade
    10:31 am January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Hard to play junior and senior ran teams but I think we can pull out the w with Reid and pjs leadership! They have to show up big time and either nick or ej need to contribute. This is that kinda game. I don’t think we have to worry about quickley hagans herro it keldon anymore! Go cats!

  3. Racerr11
    5:53 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Auburn is pretty much a Jr Sr team. Talent and effort will take care of most teams but the effort has to be there at all times to thrive.