Jan 12, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Archie Goodwin (10) and forward Alex Poythress (22) react in the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Rupp Arena. Texas A&M beat Kentucky 83-71. Image Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Is it time to panic yet?

This seems to be the question of the day for Wildcat fans after the recent losses. With losses to Notre Dame, Baylor, Louisville, and most recently, Texas A&M, the Wildcats stock with bracketologists are dropping.

CBS Sports Bracketology expert Jerry Palm does not have the Wildcats showing up in the NCAA Field of 68. On the ESPN side of things, noted bracketologist Joe Lunardi has dropped the Wildcats from a 7 seed to a 10 seed.

To put it simply, this season has not been pretty so far but it can change. How it changes, I don’t know. It’s up to the players to decide their fate.

Is it time to panic right now? That’s the question.

“Not yet,” tweeted Kentucky Wildcats radio analyst Mike Pratt, who added that the Cats “need to make a serious run starting tonight vs. Tennessee.”

“Who won last year?” asked retired Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan. “Who has the #1 recruiting class? Chill.”

“I’d say it’s time to dream of next year,” Sporting News college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcey said. “It’s not over until Cal says it’s over, though.”

“But what if things don’t go right in the SEC? So?

“You’ve got a fresh national title and at least 3-4 first-round draft picks on the way. And maybe more.”

CBS Sports college basketball columnists Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman are not in agreement when it comes to Kentucky playing in the NCAA Tournament. Parrish believes the Cats to be in while Goodman thinks that they are not. Last week, Parrish called them a favorite to reach the Final Four. Parrish does note that outside of Florida and Missouri, there are no teams remaining to find a quality win.

Jeff Goodman does not think that they will make the tournament. Goodman thinks that the Cats need to win two of three games between Florida and Missouri to get into the tournament. He does not think that they get there.

The Cats still have some ways to go this season. But given the fact that it is a down year for the Southeastern Conference in college basketball, the Cats need to beat Florida and Missouri to pick up some quality wins.

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