The Kentucky Wildcats are on the road tonight in Athens, Georgia as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
The Wildcats are in the final stretch of the season with two regular season games remaining until the SEC Tournament starts in Nashville, Tennessee next Wednesday. These final two games are a matter of life and death for a Wildcats team that never really came together this season.
Just one season removed from a national championship, the university is, indeed, the defending champions but a large majority of the starting lineup was not at Kentucky last season.
It was assumed that most of the new guys would only be at Kentucky for one season and then move on to the NBA but outside of Nerlens Noel, nobody on this team looks like they are ready for the NBA.
Kentucky radio analyst Mike Pratt addressed it on the radio yesterday. With fans wondering where these guys will be able to find playing time with the freshman coming in, Pratt said it would be no different if they went to the NBA. Just ask guys like Terrence Jones, Daniel Orton, Darius Miller, and Deandre Liggins. All of them have played in the D-League for portions of this season.
If they are going to be losing playing time to incoming freshman, who is to say that they wouldn’t have to fight just to make the NBA roster next year? Since Noel went down to an ACL injury, Willie Cauley-Stein has benefited the most to be a potential lottery pick.
Archie Goodwin has had his good days and bad. But when he is on, he is on! In the last four games, Goodwin has scored double digit figures.
Since conference play started, Alex Poythress has digressed. He’s had very few games that make him stand out on the court. At one point this season, Poythress and lottery pick were said in the same sentence but despite all the mock drafts that might say it, I don’t think that is the case any more.