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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Winning the Final 4 Games Gives Cats Good Chance At NCAA Tournament

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Despite some scratchy moments over the last 2 weeks, the fact is Kentucky is on a 4-game winning streak with 4 games remaining in the regular season.  The Cats are very likely to be favored in all 4 games, albeit by small margins against Florida and Texas A&M.  Nonetheless, if the Cats can pull out 4 more victories to close out the regular season, it would give them an 8-game winning streak going into the postseason.  And despite having some amazing teams over the past 60 years, only 10 teams have won their final 8 regular season games since 1960.  And for those 10 teams, NCAA Tournament success almost always followed:

2015: Final Four
2012: National Championship
2003: Elite 8
1996: National Championship
1986: Elite 8
1980: Sweet 16
1978: National Championship
1973: Elite 8
1970: Elite 8
1968: Elite 8

National Champions: 3 of 10
Final Four: 4 of 10
Elite 8: 9 of 10
Sweet 16: 10 of 10

Now, obviously great teams win 8 games in a row and great teams make good runs in the NCAA Tournament.  I’m not sure Billy Gillispie ever had any 8-game winning streaks at any point in his time here.  But finishing the season strong is especially important for this team, maybe more so than any other in the Calipari era.  The struggles this team has developed in January and February need to be completely smoothed out before the SEC Tournament and for the last 2 weeks, the Cats have done anything they could to win games.  That’s a positive step but we’d also like to see the more consistent, dominating force they were earlier this season.  Get the job done the next 4 games and history tells us good things will be ahead.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

5 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Winning the Final 4 Games Gives Cats Good Chance At NCAA Tournament



  1. runningunnin.454
    9:20 am February 20, 2017 Permalink

    Would rather win the final 6 games.



  2. T-wah
    9:52 am February 20, 2017 Permalink

    As much as I’d like to see this team get on a huge run and fly to a title, I think the ceiling for this group is Sweet 16. If we can manage to grab hold of a 2 seed, we should be able to make it out of the first weekend. I’m a DIE-HARD Big Blue fan, but I just don’t see this team being able to put together a championship run. I hope I’m wrong.



    • maximumscott
      12:00 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      It dependa on our bracket and match ups. If this team gets hot, then watch out. If you think about it even if monk averages a 20 piece we can still win a game easily. The thing is if Monk has a crazy game, then we arent loosing. PERIOD! I just hope he is saving some for the 2nd weekend. I think this team is a lock for Elite 8 if they keep improving and a possible Final Four team. The pieces are there. Its just a matter of playing good again. The next four games will tell us alot!



    • UK Big Board Update
      2:02 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      I’m sure UCONN fans felt the same in 2014 and 2011, for instance…



  3. maximumscott
    12:20 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    Ceiling wouls most def not be Sweet 16. The ceiling for this team is a NCAA Title. Can they get there in time.