After waiting seemingly all season for this Kentucky Wildcat basketball team to find their identity, it appears that they did so in Saturday’s thrilling win over Missouri. Granted, some of the pundits were not that impressed. The infamous Joe Lunardi of ESPN had said that a win over Missouri would move Kentucky from the last team out of the NCAA Tournament to the last team in. It’s a small jump, but nothing like the strides we saw Kentucky take Saturday night. Thing is, Joe Lunardi and the other bracket experts will not be the ones deciding of Kentucky gets into the big dance or not. The Wildcats will and as of now, it is a four game season.
According to the CBS RPI tool, the win over Missouri was Kentucky’s first over a top 50 team of the year as Missouri is ranked 37th. Kentucky is now 1-4 against the Yop 50 teams and 6-8 against teams residing in the top 100. I admit, it’s not an overly impressive resume yet, but Kentucky finds themselves in a tie for second place in the SEC with Alabama with a 10-4 record. Granted, I doubt they can catch Florida, but as of now Kentucky has a chance to finish second in the SEC and that has to resonate with the selection committee.
We all know the big game on the calendar is versus Florida on March 9th. But can Kentucky seal a NCAA bid before then? Let’s take a look at the rest of the season and what should happen.