Has UK been “down” over the last 2 seasons? I wouldn’t say that. Both seasons ended in 2nd weekend NCAA Tournament finishes. There has been an SEC Tournament title in 2018. But what there hasn’t been in 2018 and 2019 is an SEC Regular Season title. Auburn and Tennessee won it in 2018 and LSU won it in 2019. Now you want to hear an amazing stat:
If Kentucky doesn’t win the SEC Regular Season Title in 2020, it will be only the 4th time since 1940 that UK will have gone three consecutive seasons without winning an SEC regular season title:
(7 seasons): 1987-1993
1987-Alabama, 1989-Florida, 1990-Georgia, 1993-Arkansas
*Includes vacated 1988 regular season title and 1991 Ineligible Title
(4 seasons): 2006-2009
2006 and 2009-LSU, 2007-Florida, 2008-Tennessee
(3 seasons): 1959-1961
1959 and 1961-Mississippi State, 1960-Auburn
Keep in mind that in reality it’s only legitimately happened two other times. The 7 season streak actually includes two seasons where UK had the best regular season record but was either ineligible or had the title vacated.
UK will likely come into the season as the favorite in the league, with Florida right on its heels. If UK is not able to put it together and win the title, it certainly doesn’t mean they won’t have a great season and a chance at a title, but we will be walking on some rare ground when it comes to UK’s domination of the SEC.