Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Right Back Where They Started From

Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats’ (8-2) tilt with the North Carolina (6-2) Tar Heels is fast approaching. The Cats can focus squarely on UNC now after they dispatched Boise State 70-55 on Tuesday night.

They find themselves in a nearly the same position now that they were in at the beginning of December. On Dec. 1, Kentucky took care of Providence 79-65 in Brooklyn in the first of six tough games to conclude 2013. They controlled the game from the outset.

They appeared to be on the verge of taking another step toward solidifying themselves as the type of team everyone envisions to be. Then came the second half funk in their 67-62 Baylor down in Dallas. It was a definite step back.

As Yogi Berra once said, it’s “deja vu all over again”. Now North Carolina is looming just as Baylor was last week. Kentucky just beat a pretty good previously unbeaten Boise State team which is comparable to their win over Providence prior to playing Baylor.

Boise State came into Rupp Arena shooting the three ball at a pretty good clip. Kentucky was able to neutralize that.

To say that this game was lacking aesthetically would be putting it mildly.

That said, it was a win nonetheless. Can they build on it? Will they take steps forward in consecutive games? Those are the questions.

As for North Carolina, you would be hard pressed to find a more enigmatic team. They have lost to Belmont and UAB. They have wins over Louisville and Michigan State, the latter coming in Lansing.

The Cats may want to take a Sharpie and scribble Northern or Eastern above the Kentucky across their chest. Given Carolina’s struggles with lesser teams this would almost guarantee them a victory.

All kidding aside, Kentucky will have to be ready for the good North Carolina team on Saturday evening. This will be their first true road game of the season. If they leave the Dean Dome with a win it will be two big steps in the right direction.


Topics: Kentucky Wildcats, SEC

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