After the loss to South Carolina on Saturday it seems that this Wildcats team is in a heap of trouble closing out the season. Next on their plate is the Alabama Crimson Tide who will look to kick the young Cats squad while they are down. Right now it is beginning to look more and more like last years NIT Kentucky team who seemed to lose their way ending the season and this is not what Cats fans were expecting at all. While we are still ranked 25th in the polls there is nothing to be celebrating right now as if the Cats lose their last two games they could find themselves needing to advance at least to the SEC Championship game to make the NCAA Tournament.
When looking at the loss against South Carolina I saw a squad that is still looking to find themselves as a unit. Unfortunately this isn’t December or January or even February, this is MARCH and they have to get their act together quickly. If not, this could be the biggest bust of a season that the NCAA has ever seen with so much talent and nothing to show for it. However I believe that they will win against Alabama on Tuesday in Rupp and go on the road to knock off the Gators to prove they are worthy to be in the NCAA tournament. The biggest thing that needs to happen if that is to happen is teamwork, not 1 on 1 basketball that we have unfortunately seen this year way too often. Secondly the Cats need to get Willie Cauley-Stein more involved in the offense, not just giving him buckets off misses because without him we have no interior defense or a chance to turn defense into offense which is his specialty. So now we get to wait and see what this team is made of with 2 remaining games in the regular season and the conference tournament in their sights. This is their time to show all of the critics that they are worthy of getting recognition and they are much better than what we have seen so far.