1/19: @ Auburn – Kentucky 76 Auburn 69
1/22: @ Alabama – Alabama 72 Kentucky 64
1/26: LSU – Kentucky 79 LSU 65
1/29: @ Mississippi – Ole Miss 78 Kentucky 66
2/2: @ Texas A&M – Texas A&M 78 Kentucky 66
2/5: South Carolina – Kentucky 81 South Carolina 63
2/9: Auburn – Kentucky 84 Auburn 61
2/12: Florida – Florida 78 Kentucky 57
2/16: @ Tennessee – Tennessee 73 Kentucky 71
Wow. It’s not pretty.
According to these computer projections, Kentucky will go 4-5 over their next nine games. The site did not project far enough ahead to include Vanderbilt, but judging that we beat Vanderbilt on the road, that would be projected as a UK win at home. So let’s look at 5-5 over the next ten games. That would make Kentucky 16-10 and 6-6 in the SEC. Good enough for a three seed… In the NIT.
Interestingly enough, this 5-5 projection and 1-4 road record is near identical as the rough ten-game stretch the 2010-11 team went through before finding themselves. But if this future holds true, it is far too late for the current Cats to save their season.
But as it was in the Matrix, the computers can be overcome, just like how the 2011 Wildcats overcame their poor play to advance to the Final Four. Don’t expect John Calipari to trade in his Armani for a leather trenchcoat and sunglasses though.
Calipari has coached about as much as he can at this point. This uprising against the computers will have to come from the hearts of Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer, Archie Goodwin and all the other Wildcats. And if there is something that these computers do not understand is the human heart and the striving for improvement. But it has to happen from within. You can’t teach heart and hustle.
And somehow, this team of highly talented Wildcats have got to look back on the season so far and decide it is not where they want to be and decide they have to buy into Calipari’s system, or accept the horrible fate that the Matrix deems worthy for them.