Kentucky basketball: Finally something to smile about after Wildcats romp

Kentucky’s Devin Askew
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Cats tangle with Mississippi State to kickoff SEC Tournament

Kentucky can relish the win for just one more day off then it will be time to zero in on the SEC Tournament that begins Wednesday in Nashville.

The Wildcats come in as the No. 8 seed and will take on No. 9 seed Mississippi State in the opening second-round game Thursday at Noon. The two met to open the SEC regular season with Kentucky winning 78-73 in double overtime.

The winner will draw the task of taking on top-seeded Alabama in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Calipari is talking going in as his team is 0-0 and today’s win may have a few worried.

"“I’m not thinking they are looking forward to seeing my team, especially coming off this kind of game. But, you know, it’s one game, four times. One game. We’re not — we’re going to probably play the first game, noon. We’re not even going to know who our game is until four. And so it’s one game.”"

The Wildcats will try and accomplish what they haven’t done since 1952 and that is to win four tournament games in a row to earn an automatic NCAA bid.  With no chance of receiving an at-large bid, this is the only way the Wildcats can make it to the Big Dance.

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