Had Kentucky been able to overcome the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday and win their 21st game of the year, they would be coming into the final week of the regular season with a comfortable position in the NCAA Tournament picture.
Alas, these young Cats folded under the intense Razorback pressure, and left Bud Walton Arena battered, bruised, and firmly on the tournament bubble.
Depending on who you ask right now, the Cats are either barely in the tournament field, or barely out.
USA Today’s Patrick Stevens had Kentucky in his last four in, along with Villanova, Virginia, and Massachusetts.
The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy thinks UK still has a shot to make the tournament, but a loss against Georgia would kill any hope of making the tournament:
Don’t be fooled by that Georgia game the Wildcats play on Thursday. The Bulldogs showed bubble-bound Tennessee they haven’t surrendered on their season, and beating Kentucky this close to the end of the season might be the finest moment they could conjure. Kentucky must be prepared for that night. The Florida game follows terribly soon, at noon Saturday at Rupp Arena. Why the SEC would put the Wildcats into a turnaround so tight is hard to figure. But they must pay attention against UGa or the Florida game might not matter as much.