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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK’s Domination of SEC Put in Perspective

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.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

3 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK’s Domination of SEC Put in Perspective

  1. scwhite9
    11:06 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    It appears to me that you have left out two great statistics:

    UK vs the rest of the conference in SEC Regular Season Title; and,

    UK vs the rest of the conference in SEC Tournament wins –

  2. KyZoneBlitz
    11:59 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    In my personal opinion, blackshear wasn’t all that great, and his size was more enticing than his overall skill set. I believe Nick Richards can be twice the player blackshear is. He has everything needed to be dominant, he just has to put it together. Can be a great rim protector, extremely athletic, great feet, has the weight to bang down low and a great jump hook. I think he has a breakout year given the ability to play through his mistakes which hasn’t happened yet. I also think EJ should be playing the 3 spot, or stretch-4 at most, great jumper, can handle the rock like a perimeter player. I think if he can add 25-30 pounds (doubtful, but hopefully 10-15) he has the tools to be ELITE just like Richards. I just hope neither turns out like Alex Poythress, ELITE athletes who had it right there, but just couldn’t bring the circle around to get to that, as Cal would put it, the best version of themselves… If Richards plays up to his potential, I dont see a single team stopping us with Sestina, Montgomery, Hagans, Maxey, Quickley, Whitney, Brooks…. our team is elite, we have great defenders, shooting, speed… just need the power down low..

    • runningunnin.454
      12:13 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

      Good points. All Nick needs is the fire in the belly…the aspiration and ambition; he has all the tools.
      To be fair regarding Poythress, he was becoming an elite defender, and then tore his ACL.