It’s not unusual that SEC basketball is not as strong as it’s football. The Kentucky Wildcats are usually the saving grace of the conference in that regard, the one team that routinely carries the torch for roundball in the South East. But Kentucky finds itself in the middle of a muddled up, low on talent pack. Florida seems to be the strongest team right now, but they have two road losses against quality opposition. Missouri had the highest ranking going into the weekend, but they were dealt an embarrassing road loss at Ole Miss on Saturday.
ESPN’s Myron Medcalf wrote an intersting article, highlighting the struggles of the conference, prving that the SEC is medicore at best.
You can say, ‘Well, you don’t have this and you don’t have that.’ Well, we’re getting in league play, and it’s all going to shake out,” John Calipari said during the SEC’s first media teleconference last week.
But the first week of SEC play only enhanced the conference’s reputation as a mediocre league. Texas A&M topped Kentucky by a dozen points at Rupp Arena on Saturday. Ole Miss dropped a Missouri team that played without Laurence Bowers. The forward, however, doesn’t handle the ball for the Tigers, who recorded 19 turnovers. Yet Auburn and Mississippi State both have won their first two SEC matchups.
Try to make sense of that.
Medcalf goes on to compare each team last season and this season:
Then: Six future pros anchored a national championship squad that also enjoyed the senior leadership of Darius Miller.
Now: The Wildcats might be the most “talented” team in the SEC, but their inconsistency — and lack of experience — has kept the program from living up to the preseason hype.
Simply put, this Kentucky team needs to blow through the SEC in order to get a decent seed in the tournament. The problem is this team has not proven that it can do just that. The SEC needs Kentucky to be get in order to garner any type of credibility from the media. Right now the Wildcats and the conference are not helping each other at the moment.
The Wildcats were also put on Medcalf’s “Cold” list:
Cold: Kentucky had won 55 consecutive games at Rupp Arena before last month’s loss to Baylor. The current team won five in a row after that streak was snapped. But Saturday’s home loss to Texas A&M means the Wildcats will start from scratch again when they play Tennessee at home on Tuesday.